7525 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, FL
For sale: $2.95 million
Cars seem to disappear when they arrive at “The Castle” on Melbourne Beach, Florida. Like a medieval keep, a metal gate leads into three stories of fortified concrete.
The home was built to withstand hurricanes, but the curved design was inspired by beer barrels.
“It's owned by a corporation, and one of the corporation owners used to own a brewery,” Thacker explained. "He put a lot of thought into it."
A solid copper brewing kettle from Germany accentuates the home bar, serving as a light fixture and storage space.
The home is also lined with high-end European antiques and furnishings including a German kitchen stove dating back to the 1800s, a German wood-burning fireplace and high-end Italian tile.
“The bar backdrop alone holds tiles valued at $25,000,” Thacker said.
But the home's main selling point isn't inside. Overlooking a premier surfing spot just north of Vero Beach, the house features tranquil ocean views from nearly every room.
“[The original owner] wanted an ocean view from wherever he was in the house,” Thacker explained. “When you lay in the master bed, you can see the pool and the ocean.”