Out & About: The Encinitas Boat Houses
As with any large city, San Diego has some interesting architecture. Perhaps the most interesting residential architecture is up in Encinitas:
Those two addresses are the Encinitas Boat Houses. The SS Encinitas is located at 732 Third Street, and the SS Moonlight is located at 726 Third Street.
The boat houses are identical, each about 20 feet long and 15 feet tall with about 2,000 square feet. They have 19 portholes (instead of windows), two decks, large flat-roof pilothouses, dining and living rooms, a below-deck bathroom, and a galley. Sadly, they do not have an anchor or a motor……..lol
The houses list slightly starboard (to the right), intentionally, venturing to provide a little realism from a boat at sea. Although they are just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Pacific Ocean, they do not face the ocean, and the ocean is not visible from the houses since there is a hill in back of them.
They were built in the 1920s by Miles Kellogg, the son of a sea captain, and are the best and earliest examples of recycled architecture, having been built from old timber salvaged from a popular nightspot that did not survive the Prohibition era. They are now owned by the Encinitas Preservation Association.
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