Live the high life at the historic Seal Beach Water Tower House listed at $ 4.95 million • Long Beach Post News
The 85-foot-tall Water Tower House in the Surfside Colony of Seal Beach has been an object of curiosity and envy for motorists along the Pacific Coast Highway for decades.
The water tower was built in 1892 not as a house, but as a real water tower, serving as steam engines as they moved along the coast.
By the late 1970s, the tower had survived trains and had long been out of service and in a state of deterioration and had to be demolished, an advance decision by a community group “Save Our Water Tower” which saved the tower long enough. to allow a developer to buy the structure in 1980 for $ 59,000 to turn it into a residence.
The tower, then a house, was sold in 1995 for $ 800,000 to a buyer who put it up for sale several times at a wide variety of prices, ranging up to $ 8 million in 2006 and $ 4.5 million. of dollars in 2008. little more than a strange house with stunning views, but was a bit shy for the opulent.
It changed when Real Estate Agent Scott Ostlund, principal and senior vice president of Lee & Associates in Ontario, purchased the water tower with a partner in 2016 for $ 1.5 million and began investing money into the residence to make it a stunning Four bedroom, three bathroom entertainment property with spectacular 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Huntington Beach, Huntington Harbor and surrounding mountains.
“The partners worked a lot on the place. I wouldn’t quite say it was run down, but besides making the place as nice as it is now, they had to do a lot of work, ”said Mike Arnold, the long-term lawyer. Ostlund date. “They had to replace all the steel and wood beams to keep the place safe. Structurally, it was a huge project.
According to Arnold, the partners, who bought and renovated the place with the intention of renting it out, were unable to get a permit from Seal Beach to continue renting it on a short-term basis. “They didn’t want to sell it,” said Arnold, “but they can’t rent it anymore, so they have to sell.” Partners were getting up to $ 990 a night during peak season.
The Water Tower House has always aroused great interest among people who have seen it. The partners recently offered a public tour of the house that drew up to 2,500 people, according to Arnold. “We opened it from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and there were long lines outside all the time.”
On the ground floor there is parking for two cars and the private elevator that goes up to the second floor with a Jacuzzi and a seating area.
The third floor, with a terrace, has the kitchen, a “Hippolite de Bouchard”(Named after California’s first and only pirate) bedroom and bathroom with a large porthole.
Up the stairs are the master bedrooms, two bathrooms, each with built-in shower and stained glass windows. A spiral staircase in imported oak leads to a rotunda entirely surrounded by large picture windows that open to let in the sea breeze, and above, to top it all off, a stained glass copula.
Throughout the house are quirky features including a hidden door that surreptitiously leads to a bonus room and a train in the upper level party room that moves on a track near the ceiling.