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The Ocean Fort You've Always Wanted Has Just Gone On The Market For £500,000

It has the address No. 1, The Thames, and you can reach London in 45 minutes in your speedboat.

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This is No. 1, The Thames. It's the bomb-proof 19th-century sea palace of your dreams, and can be yours for half a million quid.


The property, off the Isle of Grain on the north Kent coast, where the Thames meets the Medway, is a former military installation that a local builder bought from the Crown a decade ago. One possible problem: For most of the day it's entirely surrounded by water.


It's safe to say that it's in need of a bit of work.


Or, as the estate agent puts it: "The property is of course in need of complete renovation but could be transformed into almost anything – a private residence, an offshore hotel, a houseboat community, outdoor pursuit centre, film location, nightclub, casino, to name a few."

It would cost up to £1 million to make it habitable.