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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.

    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.

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    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.

    There's a muddy, half-mile-long causeway from the mainland that you can only use at low tide. Either that, or you'll need a helicopter or boat.

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    Also known as Grain Tower Battery, it was used to defend the Kent coast during wartime.

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

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    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.

    The estate agent reckons that with a speedboat, you could commute to London in about 45 minutes.

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    Beware the various unexplained trapdoors. And don't worry about ventilation.

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    The spot where the anti-aircraft gun used to go is an ideal place for a swimming pool.

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    But don't get too used to the unspoiled views: This is where Boris Johnson would like to build an estuary airport.

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    The good news is lots of people think the airport is too expensive to be built.

    So you could either buy a sea fort, or, for same price, get a garage in Camberwell, south London.

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    The choice is yours.

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