Danny Jalanivich was two weeks away from completing an elevated 3,500-square-foot beachfront home in Ocean Springs when Hurricane Katrina took it away. He was building it on speculation, planning to sell it.|
"The first floor disintegrated, but the rest of the home was intact but blown 1,300 feet away," said Jalanivich, who has been in construction for 28 years.
The inside, except for some tile work, was basically finished.
"We had two couples looking at it," said Jalanivich. "It had a gorgeous view with water on the side, behind and in front."
The house at 321 Shearwater Drive was designed by Bruce Tolar, who has designed similar stilted-homes in Sandestin, Fla. The asking price last August was $1.25 million.
Jalanivich's company, Anchor Realty and Development, will rebuild if a family shows interest in the East Beach location, he said. This waterfront property is near the compound of the Anderson family, a family known for pottery and other artistic prowess.
Anchor is doing commercial work since the storm but is getting ready to build homes, he said.
"Everyone is experiencing a problem with materials and labor force, but the Coast is coming back," said Jalanivich, an Ocean Springs native and former alderman. "It's just going to take time."
- GARY HOLLAND