Britain's World War Sea Fort Goes On Sale For £350,000

By James O Malley on at

First time buyers in London today were shocked to discover that for the price they were thinking of paying for a one bedroom flat in zone 4, that they could pick up a massive sea fort off the coast of Lincolnshire.

Sure, living in the dilapidated Haile Sand Fort, which is between Cleethorpes and Humberston might mean a slightly longer commute into Liverpool Street - but at least there would be plenty of storage and room to start a family.

BT reports that the fort has gone on sale for £350,000 and is listed on Tepilo, the property website that was started by Sarah Beeney, in a move that smells suspiciously like a publicity stunt.

The artificial island is apparently made of more than 40,000 tonnes of concrete and steel, and cost £1.5m when it was constructed between 1915 and 1918. It was created so that allied ships could form up in the Humber, without having to worry about German ships and submarines.

With insides full of rusted metal, peeling paint and unsafe fittings, the fort makes for an attractive proposition compared to many London house shares.

Given the asking price, the property also qualifies for George Osborne's 5% mortgage Help-to-Buy scheme. And hey, if you're going to take advantage and further inflate the housing bubble, then why not live somewhere near actual bubbles?