Maybe you remember that old tongue twister from when you were younger — “she sells seashells by the seashore” (still trips us up every time, to be honest).
But here’s a new one for you: She sleeps in a seashell by the seashore.
Living in a seashell could be your reality if you head down to Casa Caracol in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
The residence, which resembles two adjacent shells, sits on a private cliffside facing the ocean, with the best beaches on the island just a short golf cart ride away.
The main shell is two stories, with a downstairs sitting area and half bathroom on the first floor.
A spiral staircase leads up to a second-floor master bedroom with a private bathroom and a balcony that overlooks the custom pool and the Caribbean Sea.
The smaller shell is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow, featuring a shower decorated with tile and real seashells — even the showerhead is a giant conch shell.
The history of the home is almost as unique and precious as the property itself.
“In 1994 architect Eduardo Ocampo arrived in Isla Mujeres and built a house for himself (and later met his wife Maria Raquel) His brother Octavio Ocampo visited frequently, Eduardo had two pieces of land in a quaint residential area with Caribbean sea views….and wished to build on his lot for his brother.
Of course, this could not be any house. Octavio, a famous painter and needed something unique. Eduardo at first wanted a palala…but this was not allowed…having been very influenced by the “mountains” of seashells all around, he was inspired to actually construct a seashell.”
The pad sleeps four people in total, but be prepared to welcome a few unexpected house guests — the owner warns of little geckos known to be found running around inside. But hey, that’s island life for you!
No word on whether or not you can hear the ocean if you press your ear to the inside of the shell house, but we’ll get back to you on that.
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