Buyers looking for a unique development opportunity now have the eccentric option of owning their very own World War One (WWI) sea fort for just £350,000.
The Haile Sand Fort property is located on the Lincolnshire coast, around four miles from Grimsby town centre.
It cost an estimated £1.5 million to build, with around 40,000 tons of concrete and steel used in the construction.
The post was built sometime between 1915 and 1918 to protect Britain’s east coast from the Germans during WWI. It was also manned during WWII.
Turning it into a liveable home would be an expensive option
It often came under attack from aircraft and submarine during the wars, the listing explains. The army left in 1956, with the fort still manned until the early 1960s.
Some downsides are that you’ll probably need to invest in a boat to reach it, while turning it into a liveable home would also be an expensive option.
“Sometimes a listing crops us that truly takes our breath away, and that’s what happened when we were instructed to sell Haile Sand Fort,” a spokesperson for estate agent Tepilo told the Grimsby Telegraph.
“This is an incredibly unique opportunity for anyone looking to own a piece of history.”
It cost an estimated £1.5 million to build
However, Henry Pryor, an independent buying agent, warned that the property could be damaged by stormy weather, while there could also be issues with supplying gas and electric, he told Mail Online.
“For aspiring homeowners this may be worth considering alongside similar offshore properties like Sealand and No Man's Land fort in the Solent.
“As a professional buyer I’d be worried that it looks like one good North Sea storm might wash it away.
“You might just pick up a mobile signal but is there electricity or gas from a North Sea platform? I’m guessing the drains just empty into the sea.”
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