Luxury Living: Drive-in Boathouses

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I'm not going to lie.  As a modest boat owner that makes the arduous trek from home to marina — laden with gear, odds and ends, and a dog to boot — this drive-in boat slip is a lavish idea I could get behind.

This luxury boat house is the baby of Tommy Mannausa, a Florida real estate developer and Michigan native. Located on Bay Harbor Lake in Northern Michigan, this water-side boathouse was designed and integrated into his 9,000 square-foot British West Indies-inspired home. Made from cypress wood that can stand rigorous conditions, the boathouse measures 22 feet wide by 70 feet long by 27 feet tall, and can be viewed from the inside bar and entertainment room via a wall of windows.  

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If you were worried he dropped all this money just on a fancy home for his 39-foot Sportfisherman boat, don't fret. The boathouse doubles as a poolhouse, complete with sitting areas, radiant heating and a game table. Mannausa says it's like a three-sided bathtub of steel. So at least it's a multifunctional indulgence!  

Back to reality. It's a really impressive feature, but I'd just as easily settle for digs with a simple dock - that would be lavish to me!

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