Perhaps the coolest property ever is on the market in the water off the coast of England. A disused military fort called Grain Tower Battery, with the amazing address of 1 The Thames, is on sale for £500,000. A bonus: the realtor says you can reach central London in 45-50 minutes. If you ever wanted to refurbish a property, say, a cute little 1860s army sea fortress, then you might just be in luck.
The sea palace features, according to the agents, a large concrete circle that is meant to hold anti-aircraft guns, which might make for a nice swimming pool. It would overlook the Isle of Grain off the Kent coast, where the Thames meets the Medway. This seafaring location makes it a great hideaway, but it also means that to get there, you will need a boat or a helicopter, as it is only accessible by foot during low tide, via a muddy, half-mile long path.
The realtors have some advice for prospective buyers: “The property is of course in need of complete renovation but could be transformed into almost anything — a private residence, an offshore hotel, a houseboat community, outdoor pursuit center, film location, nightclub, casino, to name a few.”
It's a nice piece of architecture, too. The thick, fortified concrete walls have been graffitied over, but it wouldn't take much to clean them up. There are large windows and great views. It has a brick, loftable space supported by a concrete structure below, and a sweet concrete tower with an exposed staircase that sits on a large, cylindrical base. The property became available when a builder bought if from the Crown and then realized he didn't want to refurbish it.