Giant Boat Shaped Houses in Encinitas, California May Not Be What You Think

by , 01/23/11

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While the faux ship homes would most likely sink right away if ever placed on the open sea, the clever way they are positioned at 726-732 Third St. would fool almost anyone. They “sail” right next to one another and even have an (intentional) starboard list to give the feeling that they really are cruising the waves. Both houses are 15 feet tall and 20 feet long with a total space of 2,190 square feet. Each home has ship-like features such as plaster hulls with 19 portholes, two decks, large flat-roofed pilothouses (these are the bedrooms), a galley, dining and living rooms and a bathroom below deck.

Why build houses shaped like boats from scratch instead of using actual boats? Honestly, we have no idea, but that doesn’t make the Encinitas boat homes any less interesting – or any less recycled. Members of the Encinitas Historical Society say that the apartments are among the earliest and best examples of recycled architecture in the area, and we have to admit, it was decidedly more ambitious to erect these structures from the ground up. Miles Kellogg, whose father was a sea captain, built the structures in the 1920s using old timber from a local hotel and the Moonlight Beach dance house, a once-popular local night spot that failed to survive the Prohibition. Today, the Encinitas Preservation Association is the proud owner of both homes and they are currently renting them out as apartments in order to raise funds to turn one into a museum.

+ Encinitas Preservation Association

Photos © Encinitas Preservation Association

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  1. abacusgjc December 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I just drove by your boat houses. Did not stop
    On way back home to Pasadena, I will stop and like to see it with my own eyes if I may?

  2. Cherj July 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    My mom told me the story that my uncle Miles Kellogg`s my moms sisters husband built them boats thanks for posting them i only saw them one other time on Huell Howser

  3. Snofyre October 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    THIS is absolutely FANTASTIC!

  4. Bridgette Meinhold January 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I used to live in Encinitas when I was in college. Rode my bike by them all the time, but had no idea they weren’t actually boats. That’s super cool. Always wanted to rent one, but was worried I might feel seasick, like how I do on real boats.

  5. Casa Très Chic January 22, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Fantastic creativity, awsome project.
    Thanks for sharing.

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