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Sarasota, Florida: Boat and Lighthouse Home

A private home built in 1933 and designed to look like a boat and a lighthouse. Next best thing to living on the water.

425 N. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL
Downtown just north of main street. Southwest corner of N. Osprey Ave. and 5th St. Private home; visible from the street.
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Boat house.

Boat and Lighthouse Home

There was a renter sitting outside, so we talked for a while, and that's how I found out these two structures were rentals. The boat is a short-term rental and the lighthouse is a long-term rental. They're listed on Airbnb.

[Bordeauxbarb, 03/20/2019]

Boat home.

Boat and Lighthouse Home

These quirky historic landmarks have recently been remodeled and landscaped. You can now rent them as a vacation home!

[Valerie, 11/03/2017]

Lighthouse house.

Boat and Lighthouse Home

Yep, looks like a big boat in the yard. Pretty amazing as you pull up on it. You will probably see the light house first. The boat/house is getting a little grown over and becoming harder to see completely. Maybe they will trim back a little.

I wonder if, while it was being built, the neighbors expected two of every type of animal to be brought in?

[Mike, 03/24/2010]

Feb. 2015: Photo added.

Boat House.

Boat and Lighthouse Home

John Ringling's boat captain built this in the 1930s. His wife wanted to live on dry land and he wanted to live on a boat (with attached lighthouse). It is a private house, but to drive by and see it is quite awesome.

[alice wright, 03/05/2007]

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