Unique “Floating Home” in Santa Barbara Up for Sale

By the edhat staff

This luxury “Floating Home” was a labor of love that’s now listed at $4.9 million in the Santa Barbara Harbor.

Built in the early 70s and initially named the Thomas Jefferson, it is one of only four structures allowed by the City of Santa Barbara and classified as a “manmade floating object.” 

Santa Barbara native Jeff Wapner purchased the home years ago and along with his father, Mike Wapner, decided to retrofit the structure over a period of four years.

 At 1,290 interior square-feet, the home offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom while sitting at the Santa Barbara Harbor Marina 3C, Slip ST-13.

Some of the unique hand-crafted carpentry include quartered and rift white oak floors and staircase, pops of burlwood, mahogany, brass, wool, and marble countertops with two integrated sinks.

The home also features Graylite II glazed windows, Viking and Fisher & Paykel appliances, a large indoor shower with a white Tadelakt plaster finish and full skylight, as well as a hot outdoor shower. Window tint and glazing, as well as numerous lighting options, make it easy to remain invisible while indoors.

The father-son duo was also featured in Architectural Digest this summer before listing the home. 

Patricia Ruben of Sotheby’s Realty holds the listing and will host open houses this coming Saturday and Sunday.

Photo: Roy Hathon / Sothebys

Photo: Roy Hathon / Sothebys


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    • Sac, yeah, you look at what you can get in Montecito for five million, or Carp, etc., and this thing makes no sense. As well, frankly, you could buy a sixty or seventy foot yacht brand new for half that and be able to go places rather than just sit there. And what if you want to move your amazing houseboat to Mexico or even San Diego? Nope. That thing is not seaworthy in any sense and almost sank when they were bringing it up in 1 foot of swell on the calmest day they could find. You can always toss the lines on your beautiful 2.5m yacht and go anywhere and also find a buyer for it. It’s really bizarre.

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