Imagine yourself in this tiny oceanside retreat along Daytona Beach Shores


This boxy, two-bedroom, two-bath home may look pretty simple from up close, but once you pull back, the beachside views reveal its understated charms and underscore the mantra that real estate is all about "location, location, location."

The home sits high on a dune with a commercial-grade vertical seawall and its own gated entrance to the shore, giving some peace of mind and relative privacy from beachgoers. The house's incongruously tiny presence among the neighboring hotels and condo buildings is striking. The 1,620 square-foot box sits on its own beachfront third-acre, a small hideout locked in time from 1947. Since then, it's been renovated inside and out to provide luxurious amenities and maximum durability against the elements, including a new roof, doors and windows.

Renovations by the owners include electric and plumbing, and "stunning cosmetic appointments," like polished travertine marble floors, along with an island kitchen, grand dining space and waterfront living room with fireplace. New impact-glass doors glide open to take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and invite the breezes inside.

The one-car garage is extra large and the gated driveway has plenty of parking.  The home's unique zoning lets the new owners host short-term rentals, but the current owner has never rented the property. The house, on S. Atlantic Ave., is listed at $1,349,000 by Ryan Adams of Adams Cameron & Co. Realtors, and must be seen to be believed.

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