Pensacola Beach, Florida: Futuro - UFO House

Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Dennis, a tornado -- the UFO House weathered them all. All Florida homes should be built like spaceships. The portable, prefabricated home design from 1968 is by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen.
Address:
1304 Panferio Dr., Pensacola Beach, FL
Directions:
On the north side of Hwy 399/Via De Luna Drive, about three miles east of Three Mile Bridge onto Santa Rosa Island.
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Futuro. Futuro - UFO House

It's interesting to see one again! These small, fiberglass houses were made by a Finnish company called Oy Polykem ab in the early '70s. It was called the "Futuro II" and had a single bedroom, bathroom, U-shaped kitchen area, separate dining area, a curved 23-ft. couch and a central fireplace that doubled as a grill.

They were made in sections that could be delivered by truck and assembled on-site, or, for the really wealthy, they could be completely assembled at the factory and flown in by helicopter. They had four metal pads at the end of V-shaped legs that were meant to be bolted to concrete footings, and all utilities ran through a column, called a "utility pod," immediately below the house.

I first heard about them when the Arrow shirt and collar company ran a caption contest for a poster to promote their products. I didn't win, but really wanted one of those houses.

I pestered my mother so much that it almost happened! Someone put one up in the Charlevoix, Michigan area and it was for sale. We made the trip up to see it. I still have the old Super-8 movie film that I shot of that trip! The one we saw was yellowish-orange, and looked very much at home nestled in the deep woods. I was impressed by the unique entry way; a single pull-down door that you opened with a key, like a car door. It was counter-weighted, so that it didn't take much effort to pull it down. Locked, the house was virtually burglar proof! There were no curtains on any of the windows. When I asked if the owners ever felt vulnerable to peeping Toms, they said, "Well, we're out in the woods, our nearest neighbor is about 5 miles away and they'd have to be about 20 feet tall to peek in!"

[Stu Chisholm, 04/23/2009]
Futuro. Futuro - UFO House

I personally know the owner of the Spaceship House-Futuro House on Pensacola Beach. It was her dream as a teen to own it and now she does. But the Spaceship still stands proud in all her glory. She's our Pensacola Beach Preservation and Historical Societies headquarters. She's still one of the coolest landmarks on Pensacola Beach

During my visit home a year ago, the ship was undergoing a face lift still. Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Dennis caused the ship minimal damage. While the ramp and launchpad took all the blows of both the hurricanes and a more recent tornado. She's getting an all-new paint job too, a beautiful metal fleck white. She will sparkle in the sun the same as the sugar white sands of Pensacola Beach does.

Inside the Spaceship House, is somewhat the same little home as it was when she was first lowered onto the launch pad in the late sixties by a helicopter.

[Connie F., 08/28/2008]
Futuro - UFO - Flying Saucer House

The UFO house in Pensacola is said to have been made because of aliens and what not. But the truth is the structure is built like a UFO to lift up and float if the area is ever flooded out -- hit by a bad rainstorm, or more likely a hurricane. I just wanted people to know that. The aliens are put up in the windows out of humor. But still the house is very interesting. I know this because I live here.

[Joy, 09/15/2005]
UDO House. Futuro - UFO - Flying Saucer House

In a couple places in the Roadside America Web pages are listings for the Pensacola Beach UFO house. I found it searching for listings under Pensacola Beach, its true location, and Gulf Breeze. While UFO sightings have been common in Gulf Breeze, the house is on Pensacola Beach. There are no photos of the house on your webpages, however, so I have attached one.

The house has been on and off the market in recent years, and I saw that the aliens have been removed from the windows by the current owners. Truly one of Pensacola Beach's greatest attractions, it can only be described with a photo.

[Wade Jeffrey, 05/06/2001]
Futuro - UFO House

This house has been a part of the local landscape for as long as I can remember. Sitting on Highway 98, commonly called Via De Luna here, is a white metal UFO, complete with a ramp going up to the doors which sit about 12 feet off the ground. This is an actual residence! At Halloween each year a large orange parachute, probably on loan from the nearby Pensacola Naval Air Station, transforms the UFO into a giant toothy pumpkin. When riding by, notice the ETs looking out the window at you. Quite a sight on sleepy Pensacola beach...

[Lynne, 11/13/2000]

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