Ahhh, The Sunshine State — the tropical paradise of the U.S. with sandy shores, turquoise springs, Amazon-like jungles, with so many places to go and things to see, it's no surprise that people would want to move here. If you're in the market for a new home, this unique houseboat home for sale in Palmetto, Florida might catch your eye.
According to the listing on Special Finds, it was previously known as "Chapel on the Bay" and served as a wedding chapel, one of only two floating ones in the world.
After going through nearly 1.3 million dollars in renovations, this 1,050 square foot home is now on the market.
The original design was kept largely intact, including the charming 30-foot steeple, seven romantic stained glass windows that are covered in hurricane-resistant glass, and arched solid-wood doors.
Situated on a 1,800 square foot barge, a wrap-around deck will give you panoramic views as you float through Florida's waterways. It's easy to imagine yourself kicked back with a cocktail in hand as you watch the sunset over Tampa Bay, or wherever you end up sailing to.
But it's the inside that's truly heavenly.
With all the current-day creature comforts you'd need, the open concept design, white and grey color scheme, and peaked ceilings make the space feel larger than it actually is.
The kitchen has modern appliances, granite countertops, and hardwood floors that run throughout the living room and entryway.
You'll find the master bedroom with an ensuite bath on the main floor, as well as a second guest restroom. A beautiful spiral staircase will wind you up to the second bedroom loft.
The home comes fully furnished with the items shown in its pictures, which include an outdoor gas grill, "well-stocked" kitchen, leather furniture, and a 65-inch flat-screen T.V.
Currently docked at the Manatee River Marina in Palmetto, this beguiling chapel also has A.C. and large fans to help you brave the summer heat. It even has a motion-dish satellite T.V. antenna and eight-kilowatt generator included.
So how much does a unique home like this cost? It's currently listed for $399,000. And if you want to stay in the marina, you can live onboard there for $900 per month.
Even if you're not buying, it never hurts to dream!
The Floating Chapel
Address: Palmetto, Florida
Description: A floating chapel that is actually a drive-able houseboat. The unique exterior has much of the original chapel design in-tact, but it's a beautiful space inside too. Whether you make it your home or it becomes a rental unit no one is likely to have a houseboat like this.