Infamous ‘blue house’ in Vilano Beach finally torn down

VILANO BEACH, Fla. – The infamous “blue house” in Vilano Beach — a St. Johns County home that gained national attention after the beach below it was washed away during recent powerful storms — was finally demolished Thursday after delays over a sea turtle nest found under the home.

In May, the home was declared unsafe and slated for demolition by St. Johns County but in June, a sea turtle nest was found under the home on A1A, so the demolition was put on hold.

PHOTOS: Click the image below for a slideshow of the blue house demolition

Infamous "blue house" in Vilano Beach shown two years ago on Google Maps, one year ago in a News4JAX photo and Thursday with the demolition. (WJXT)

County environmental officials extended the hold last month to make sure the hatchlings had cleared the nest.

The green light was finally given, and the house was torn down Thursday.

A Zillow listing valued the beachfront lot minus the house at $575,000.

“Build a seawall and this 100 X 65 parcel is ready for YOUR dream beach house!” the listing reads. The listing says, “This home is accepting backups.”

James Brown with St. Augustine Realty says the home was under contract but as of Thursday morning, the offer fell through so the lot is still for sale.

Before it was slated for demolition, the home that hovered above the beach was listed for $1.2 million.

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Tiffany comes home to Jacksonville, FL from WBND in South Bend, Indiana. She went to Mandarin High School and UNF. Tiffany is a former WJXT intern, and is joining the team in 2023 as Consumer Investigative Reporter and member of the I-TEAM.