Why Is This Important?
Because the best place to live on Earth isn’t actually on earth.
Long Story Short
A project called The Floating Seahorse promises above- and below-surface living to wealthy investors. The development is being built in an archipelago of man-made islands off the coast of Dubai and includes environmental features to promote the recovery of endangered seahorse species.
Man, it’s nice to be rich. I don’t say that from experience, of course, but it’s pretty self-evident. When you have money, you have access to cool cars, exotic locales and thevery best restaurants. You also likely live in a luxurious home, but what’s a multimillionaire to do when living in a boring house on the boring ground seems… passe? Simple — in a few weeks, you’ll be able to live under the water.
A company called the Kleindeinst Group is building something they call “The Floating Seahorse,” a housing development located in Dubai’s man-made “The Heart of Europe,” a collection of islands shaped to look like European countries (don’t ask). The homes feature sea-level living areas with upper-level party decks, but the real twist (as it always does) comes in the bedroom — wealthy vacationers will sleep below the surface with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf.
“Many months of research, design and planning have gone into The Floating Seahorse project. The floating retreats are ideal for marine and yacht enthusiasts and this really is a one of a kind, investment opportunity of a lifetime. The Floating Seahorse will set a new benchmark in the luxury property industry worldwide for outstanding innovation, contemporary design and underwater living,” said Josef Kleindeinst, CEO.
Despite the tremendous costs and resources that obviously go into building houses with underwater bedrooms, the homes will actually have environmental benefits: Seahorses are native to the Arabian Gulf, but they’re endangered. Along with the homes, Kleindeinst will build a network of artificial coral reefs, with the hope of restoring the seahorse population.
Visitors/residents can reach their homes via boat or seaplane from the Dubai mainland, and once on the island they can reach other islands via floating jetties. The brochure I downloaded makes no mention of the price, which means none of us will ever be able to afford one of these in our lifetimes. They do guarantee an 8% ROI though, so if you have a few extra million dollars lying around, it may be worth the price of admission.