Hillsborough River dock house

A ramshackle exterior conceals a modern one-bedroom home in this dock house perched over a river within sight of downtown Tampa, Florida. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

A ramshackle exterior conceals a modern residence in this truly unique character home. The small house is built at the end of a pier in the Hillsborough River within sight of downtown Tampa, Florida.

A ramshackle exterior conceals a modern one-bedroom home in this dock house perched over a river within sight of downtown Tampa, Florida. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The structure was built over 50 years ago, likely as a boat shed. Someone probably started living in it when the area was still somewhat unregulated. When more restrictive land use regulations were put in place, the existing residential use was “grandfathered” in, i.e., allowed to continue despite not complying with the new rules.

A ramshackle exterior conceals a modern one-bedroom home in this dock house perched over a river within sight of downtown Tampa, Florida. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

After following the dock to the house, the front door opens to a hallway that leads past the bedroom to the open living space facing the water. Large windows and narrow decks surround the living area, allowing you to enjoy the river and skyline views from inside or out.

A ramshackle exterior conceals a modern one-bedroom home in this dock house perched over a river within sight of downtown Tampa, Florida. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The bedroom’s ensuite bathroom has an old-time cottage feel with a clawfoot bathtub and a pedestal sink. There is also a powder room for visitors off the entry hallway. Laundry facilities are included too, with a stacked washer and dryer in a bedroom closet.

Planning a visit to Tampa? The Hillsborough River house can be rented through Airbnb. Have a great weekend!

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Photographs by Ybor Photography, courtesy of Airbnb.

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