Benjamin Erwin and his wife are selling their two-bedroom, two-bathroom Monolithic Dome home in Ocala, Florida. The dome is a gemini style twin domed structure of a 50-foot diameter living space and a 40-foot diameter, two-car garage. Ben purchased the home in 2017 and renovated the exterior in 2020.
To say the house design is spacious is an understatement. Nearly a 1/3 of the 50-foot dome is the primary bathroom with two vanities, two walk-in closets, a two-person jetted tub, a two-person walk-in shower, and a sitting area. The primary bedroom is equally spacious.
The modern design of the home includes a slate tile floor, stone countertops, soft-closing kitchen cabinets, and an outdoor patio.
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Monolithic Domes are known for exceptional energy efficiency and resiliency in hurricanes and other weather events. Insurance is currently only $1,059/year with State Farm, and that is with a non-owner-occupied premium. Taxes are currently $4,241/year (2022) but would go down to around $3,600/year if you live on the property and file the homestead exemption. The residence is equipped with a well and is pre-wired for a backup generator in case of power interruptions. Currently equipped with on-grid electric and wired for internet, TV, and ADT. Great potential to convert to a private off-grid retreat. The empty lot to the east may also be for sale soon.
The site was purchased and developed in 2007 by the original owner at a cost of $400,000. The current owner has renovated the entire exterior in 2020 including new entrances and a liquid rubber roof. A brand new expanded septic drain field was completed in 2023, which opens up the possibility to convert the attached garage into two additional bedrooms. This would expand the total living space to 3,000 square feet.
The Publix grocery store is 7 minutes away. The Santos Trailhead is less than a mile away for walking and cycling. It includes access to the paved Cross Florida Greenway and 90 miles of mountain bike trails that are internationally known. The Country Club of Ocala is also in close proximity.
Central Florida is home to many picturesque rivers and natural springs that are perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, tubing, and snorkeling. Silver Springs State Park (20 minutes away) offers glass bottom boat tours, kayaking, wild monkey sightings, and manatee sightings (during cooler months).
Ocala, known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” has just seen the opening of the new World Equestrian Center which offers upscale retail, dining, hospitality, and events. To the south, The Villages—America’s largest retirement destination—hosts nightly free outdoor concerts accessible to the public. Quick day trips are possible to Gainesville, a vibrant college-town, Mt. Dora, a charming small town celebrated for its festivals, and Orlando, Daytona Beach, and the Tampa Bay area for water parks, theme parks, sporting events, and beaches.
Recently leased on a long-term basis for $2,222 per month, this property presents an enticing opportunity for short-term rentals on platforms such as Airbnb or VRBO.
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