The first unit of a luxury community of floating homes, with bedrooms that offer a submerged view of sea life and coral, debuted in Dubai in 2016. The project was featured on Impossible Builds, a series on PBS, which featured the construction and test float of the first unit. Each one is priced at $3.5 million, according to the program. But it has a coral reef built on it.
One early investor, no surprise, is Richard Branson.
The are many tricky parts to this particular floating house. The main one is keeping the water out of the submerged bedrooms. After that, the most important facet is getting the ballast right.
The homes are not safe to use in wavy conditions, and transportation from the construction area to the home's site is hazardous.
The only downsides are that you need a boat to get to your floating paradise, and the underwater window wall has to be cleaned by divers every day to keep barnacles from growing on it. That probably adds to the HOA fees. But the view is amazing.
PBS is airing the program in the Jacksonville, Florida, market several more times this week.