Discover a captivating modern floating house in Santa Barbara Harbor, now available for $4.9 million. This remarkable property, known as the Thomas Jefferson, underwent a complete renovation and expansion by owner Jeffrey Wapner and his retired engineer father over a span of four years. Offering a generous 1,290 square feet of living space, the house features two bedrooms, one bathroom, and ample built-in storage.
Surprisingly, the slip is included in the list price, adding to the appeal of this extraordinary floating abode. It’s interesting to note that the original wooden structure was previously advertised for sale at $650,000 in 2016. However, after an incredible transformation, the Wall Street Journal reported that Wapner invested approximately $2 million into reimagining the two-story houseboat, completing the project two years ago.
Inside, you’ll be greeted by stunning quartered and rift white oak floors and a central staircase. The entry level boasts a laundry room and a spacious room that can serve as a second bedroom or even a workspace. In fact, Wapner utilizes it as a hub for his business, Paradise Is Divided Into Blue and Green, which specializes in crafting beach and surfboard bags from old sails. Moreover, a sliding glass door seamlessly opens up the space to a deck.
The upstairs kitchen seamlessly flows into the adjacent dining area, providing ample room for entertaining up to 10 guests. At the opposite end of the floor, you’ll find the bedroom, while the bathroom offers two sinks and a spacious shower finished with smooth white Moroccan-style Tadelakt plaster and a skylight.
If you’re in search of a unique viewpoint, a ladder connects the bedroom and kitchen to the flat roof. Additionally, an outdoor shower is an added luxury that allows you to fully embrace the coastal lifestyle.
Don’t miss the opportunity to make this extraordinary floating home your own. Patricia Ruben of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing. It’s worth noting that the wooden structure is one of only four houseboats grandfathered in following a city ban implemented in 2015, allowing it to remain in the harbor.
As reported by local boating and fishing newspaper TheLog.com, the Santa Barbara Harbor Commission considers the waterfront a working harbor for commercial fishing and recreational activities. TheLog.com also mentions that then-Harbor Operations Manager Mick Kronman stated, “It’s never been designed as a harbor for floating homes.”
Mark your calendar! The floating house in Marina 3C Slip ST-13 will be open for viewing from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. on September 23, as well as from 1 to 4 p.m. on September 24.
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