Friday, February 11, 2011


Sunset Beach--The water tower on 1 Anderson St. seen in photos is a landmark. With a trained eye, you can actually spot it on many flights arriving into Long Beach or Orange County airports. Perched close to the sand on the Orange California, County coast, the neighborhoods in which it sits are Sunset Beach and Surfside. Yet in one of those strange quirks, it is zoned Seal Beach, which is located across the Anaheim Bay and Seal Beach Channel to the Pacific Ocean.

When the water tower outlived its useful purpose several decades ago, community activism kept it alive. It was going to be torn down and the land would be redeveloped.. Surrounding its base for several years there has been a car lot where used cars are bought and sold. The water tower, itself, has been for sale a number of times. In the last listing, the price was several million dollars (around $5 million) as we recall. With hardly any land below, it would be sold more as a second home or for those who don't mind high rise living. The last family residing in it full time moved to something closer to terra firma that their kids can enjoy. But they held onto the house and rent it out as a weekly vacation home. At last glance, the home rented for around $5000/week. *information is subject to change

The converted water tower house offers one of the finest views anywhere. An elevator leads up to the approximate 4th story living area of a luxury tri-level home with 2 master suites, huge bar, fire pit lounge, outdoor jacuzzi and office in a view room at the top.

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