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June 16, 2010 / Steve

Day 167 – The Famous Encinitas House Boats

While out to lunch in Encinitas today, I drove by the famous “house boats” to get my picture for the day. The first time you see these boats in the middle of the neighborhood, it’s pretty shocking. Actually they were never real boats at all, but rental apartments built to resemble them.

Miles Kellogg, an architect whose father was a sea captain, built these ship-like dwellings  in the late 1920s using old timber from the Moonlight Beach dance house, which was once a famous local night spot, but failed to survive the dry years of Prohibition. Aside from that, the local historical society claims that they are among the earliest and best examples of recycled architecture. Eventually, I imagine these rentals will be acquired by the historical society and will become some form of local museum, or so I’ve read.

They sure make for an interesting picture!



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  1. Mel / Jun 16 2010 9:30 PM

    I love those houes. The June Gloom was gone by lunchtime??

    • Steve / Jun 16 2010 9:40 PM

      Yeah, it was beautiful today!

  2. Pia / Jun 24 2010 5:41 PM

    how cool! i can’t believe i lived in San Diego and never knew about these houses. neat!

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