This Tampa Bay area spring house comes with backyard manatees


A house that's just a few feet from the best freshwater spring in Florida to swim with manatees is now on the market in Citrus County.

Located at 513 SW 1st Ct., in Crystal River, the 2,998-square-foot home sits on a private island- facing Three Sisters Springs, which is one of the only places in Florida to legally swim with (but not touch!) threatened West Indian Manatees.

This house is a serious scoop for manatee-lovers, since Crystal River is home to a total of 28 natural springs and roughly 15%-20% of the overall U.S. manatee population. Even the latest Google Maps satellite image shows a huge group of manatees just outside the home's backyard. Not to mention this section of the Gulf is a premier scalloping zone.

But besides an abundance of springs, shellfish and manatees, the home also comes with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a split floor plan with two master suites, a two-car garage, and a pool.

The spring house is currently asking $835,000, and the listing agents are Lisa J VanDeBoe and Lindsey K Miller of Plantation Realty, Inc.

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