White domed house on Sullivan’s Island sells for $4 million
CHARLESTON, S. C. (AP) — A unique, dome-shaped house on the South Carolina coast dubbed “Eye of the Storm,” has recently been sold for $4 million.
The Post and Courier reported that according to Charleston County land records, a firm called ITAC 433 LLC that lists a Chapel Hill, N.C. address, bought the 3,384-square-foot house in early October.
The distinctive house features a white shell that resembles a Storm Trooper helmet from the movie “Star Wars.” It was built in the early 1990s by Huiet and Helen Paul after their beachfront home was destroyed in 1989 by Hurricane Hugo.
The house is made of concrete and steel and weighs 1.3 million pounds. It includes an elevator, wet bar, skylight, an 889-square-foot deck and a bank vault room.
The seller was a trust associated with the late couple. The property was marketed as hurricane-resistant because its design doesn’t have seams for strong winds to hook onto, the newspaper reported.
The design is also intended to allow storm surge to pass through several openings on the lower level. The house’s unique architecture in comparison to the more antebellum homes often seen on the island attracts curious onlookers.
But even at a $4 million price tag the dome house isn’t the most expensive to be sold on the island. Last summer a 5,000-square-foot, three-story house fetched $7.35 million.