A one-of-a-kind home in a converted water tower lifted 87 feet in the air has hit the market for $5 million — a price that alone could be worth a lifetime of conversation starters.
The four-bedroom, four-bathroom trail, located at 1 Anderson Street in Seal Beach, California, was listed on Zillow on Wednesday and has already garnered 34,000 views thanks to its unique construction — atop a wooden structure originally built in the 1800s.
The breathtaking property sits on the corner of a residential area overlooking the busy Pacific Coast Highway – just 50 yards from the coast.
It offers stunning 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and other impressive amenities – including a hot tub, wrap-around deck to watch the sunrise, and a plaque depicting its impressive history.
This Unique Home in a Converted Water Tower in Seal Beach, California, Went on the Market for $4.95 Million
The breathtaking property sits on the corner of a residential area overlooking the busy Pacific Coast Highway – just 50 yards from the coast – and offers stunning 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean
The 87-foot-tall multi-storey residence is adjacent to Sunset Beach and Seal Beach in Orange County
The renovated house was originally built in 1984 on top of a structure that dates back to the late 19th century
A panoramic terrace, perfect for a 4th of July fireworks display, surrounds the house, which was built to recreate the original tank that once held 300 tons of water
The property last sold for $1.5 million in 2016 and underwent extensive renovations before being put up for sale again this week.
The Douglas fir and sequoia structure was originally built in 1892 to service steam engines that traveled along the California coast.
In the 1940s, it supported a 75,000-gallon tank that held 300 tons of water, according to the tourist website for Huntington Beach, California.
The Seal Beach house has a “retro-style vibe,” according to the nearby Huntington Beach tourist site site
With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, this 2,800-square-foot home has plenty of room for the family
Each of the four bedrooms has its own unique view of the Southern California coastline
The wooden tank functioned until 1975, according to the Orange County Registry.
It stood abandoned – and was almost bulldozed – until a local movement saved the monument in the 1980s.
Long Beach City College professor George Armstrong and Dr. Robert O’Dell, MD took over and added the 2,800 square foot home.
The tank was removed and “a three-storey house that replicated the tank’s appearance was built on the ground before being lifted into place by crane in 1984.”
It was then sold to retired Los Angeles Fire Capt. Gerald Wallace, according to the Seal beach sun.
In 2016, real estate developers Scott Oslund and Barret Woods renovated the home and promoted it on rental website VRBO as “the ultimate beach house in the world.”
The structure can be seen in 1966 when it was used as a 300 gallon water tower water
A plaque on the property lists the house as a ‘historic monument’ which was ‘meticulously’ restored in 2016 and 2017.
An elevator takes guests to a second floor terrace with a jacuzzi and sitting area ‘perfect for watching the sunrise’
“We’ve done a lot, including repairing the balcony and replacing a lot of rotten planks,” Woods said at the time. ‘It has been painted and varnished; we are still repairing light switches and purchasing new appliances.’
The house was listed by Oslund, the senior vice president of real estate firm Lee & Associates.
“As you enter the house, skylights lead you past a water fountain to a loft bedroom, a dedicated laundry room and the Barrels and Burlap bathroom which pays tribute to the home’s origins,” the home’s listing reads. Zillow. “The first stop on the elevator is the second floor deck with a Jacuzzi and sitting area, perfect for watching the sunrise with coffee or at sunset with a glass of wine.”
The house has an attached parking garage with three covered parking spaces.
It has a ‘retro style ambiance’ with a stained glass copula in the rotunda living room.
“Modern amenities include HD televisions with Direct TV, fine linens, updated bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and cookware,” said Huntington Beach.
Unfortunately, the house is listed as without “cooling features,” so prospective owners will have to brave those dry California summers using the Pacific breezes.
At 27 meters above the ground, the impressive property dwarfs the houses around it with breathtaking views