This eerie set of photos gives a glimpse inside an abandoned UFO house in Islamorada, Florida.
Pictures show graffiti-covered walls and windows throughout the disk-shaped structure that was built in 1978.
The structure is designed with a circular concrete frame with all rooms overlooking a pool in the center. It is believed to be able to withstand a category five hurricane.
This home is one of many designed and built in this style by Miami architect Peter Vander Klout in the 1970s.
A ‘UFO house’ sits abandoned in Islamorada, Florida. It was built in 1978 by Miami architect Peter Vander Klout
The structure looks out at Snake Creek on one of the southern-most Florida Keys
The open-air swimming pool is located in the middle of the house, with all of the rooms built around it
The house is outfitted with spiral staircases to save space and add to the circular theme throughout the structure
Above, the windows are shown splitting from the crumbling walls under the weight of the heavy top
In the room pictured above, shelving is falling off the walls and chips from the wallpaper litter the carpet
This map shows the location of the UFO house in the Florida Keys
A video gives a step-by-step tour of the winding staircases and tight corridors.
The concrete top weighs more than 280 tons. It was the first piece of the house to be contructed before being raised using hydraulic rams.
Pylons were put in place below to support the heavy top, and the walls were then built around the exterior.
The unique house has had various nicknames in the past decade, including ‘Spaceship House’, ‘Mushroom House’, and of course ‘UFO House’.
Vandals have gotten in numerous times to spray paint the walls and destroy the few pieces of furniture left inside.
The community has split opinions on the structure. Some say it’s an eyesore, while others think it’s a landmark that should be preserved.
The concrete circular top weighs more than 280 tons on its own. It was the first piece of the home to be built
Adding an eerie element to the already strange property is a dead iguana in the yard
An almost full roll of toilet paper hanging by one of the toilets appears to not have been damaged like the rest of the house
Humidity has caused much of the home’s wallpaper to peel off of the walls
The structure is badly damaged due and highly unstable to the weight of the concrete
The rooms on the exterior of the house all have very low ceilings and curved walls because of the circular dome roof
The bathroom above is well lit but doesn’t offer much in the way of privacy due to a large window
Many mysterious items can be found throughout the house. Above there is a Sun Sentinel newspaper and several odd sticks
It was last sold in 2012 for 950,000. Today the land value alone is closer to 1.6 million, but it is not for sale.
While some have been demolished, others still exist today throughout the U.S., including one in Plantation, Florida; one in Garden City, South Carolina; and another in Mettawa, Illinois.
A similar property called the Homestead was demolished in 2013. Several stories involving nudist colonies and drug rings surrounded the structure.
Unlike the Homestead property, there’s no crazy stories with this one.
The bathtub looks out at the neighborhood called Venetian Shores, where neighbors have mixed feelings about the house
Only a few items from the previous occupants remain in the house. Above is a chair and desk that is still full
The plans for the structure or the lot are unknown at this time. Islamorada has strict building codes which would only allow improving the home on its existing footprint, which may be difficult considering its round shape.
The other option would be knocking the home down and applying for a permit to construct a new home, which would involve getting on a waiting list.
The structure is difficult to access. One way to get a glimpse is by boat, or it can be seen from across the channel at Smugglers Cove Resort and Marina.
Vandals have destroyed much of the little furniture that is left in the house. The kitchen is pictured above
There is spray paint on several of the surfaces because of multiple break-ins since the structure was abandoned
The bathroom pictured above appears to have undergone intentional damage to the cabinetry and toilet
While the house hasn’t had power for years, plenty of light still streams in from the windows on all sides
These tiles above one of the bathtub have managed to stay undamaged and still have their bright hue
This wallpaper has started to pucker and tear, but definitely hasn’t seen the worst damage in the house