3. This Beachfront Shack
(that has been irreparably altered by climate change)
Robert Devereux hasn’t bought this Beachfront Shack yet (according to my calendar that’ll happen in 2026) but when he does he’ll ignore the many friends, family and experts (basically everyone but the realtors) about the viability of his dream home. In just twenty years he will be regretting the market’s cry of “Location, location, location!” and instead be thinking “Location? Location? LOCATION!” Don’t get me wrong though. He’s still got somewhere to live, I’m not sure I will by then.
Initially it was a modest two bedroom holiday home with bunk beds to cram in as many seaside visitors as one might wish. Sounds like a charming place to stay, or perhaps to live (if you’ll have me Robert?)
Unfortunately, over time things started to change. Ever since the sea level started to rise Robert had to build onto the home with whatever driftwood might come by. Sometime in the 2030s he will first start to notice the creeping feeling that something is not right. First feeling a cool, wet sensation starting on his toes and gradually reaching his knees. When he eventually looks down, he’ll realise that it is actually the rising sea level that is rushing through his door.
Eventually, the original house will be of no use at all… without a scuba suit.
By this stage, in what will then be considered mid-century modern décor (the 21st century that is), Robert’s entire home will have floating furniture (unless he wishes to nail it down).
Of course, it’s not all bad. Whenever a passing boat or two stop by Robert puts them up in one of his wooden shacks high above the sea level (for now). Passing items to one another using the pulley systems, fishing from the platforms high above, using the motorboat to get groceries from the mainland. It sounds like quite the relaxing lifestyle and quite the cosy abode, I’ve never lived there… maybe I will in the future.
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