Buy a Lighthouse

[Image: Photo courtesy General Services Administration].

A remote, 76-foot lighthouse is for sale in Maine, and it could be yours for only $30,000.

[Image: Photo courtesy General Services Administration].

It's located far to the south of the coast of Bailey Island, on a place called Halfway Rock, due east from Portland in the cold ocean waters of Casco Bay. Indeed, it's so far out in the waves that Google Maps doesn't even show detail for the seas around it.

[Image: Halfway Rock seen on Google Maps].

The photos seen here were taken by Kraig Anderson and Jeremy D'Entremont, and were made available to the bidding public courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration—who strongly advise that you physically travel to and inspect the lighthouse to make sure you know what you're getting into.

The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it "will continue to serve as an active aid to navigation, maintained by the United States Coast Guard," the GSA explains. "Maintained" is a subjective concept, on the other hand.

[Images: Photos courtesy General Services Administration].

After all, it clearly needs fixing up—to the extent that that's possible, given the structure's status on the National Register—so tread carefully if you are not in the market for a strenuous project.

Waterproofing Nationally Registered wood panels and repainting iron doors as minor storms of sea spray crash on the rocks nearby might not be your idea of a perfect Sunday.

[Images: Photos courtesy General Services Administration].

But I say buy it, visit it now and again when you're bored, and then invite a changing parade of architecture bloggers to come out for one week at a time in the summer, writing spatial fictions as the fog rolls in. It will be our generation's Villa Diodati.

Don't like the looks of this? Consider bidding on the singular, island-less Minots Ledge Light for only ten grand

[Image: Photo courtesy General Services Administration].

—which, at the time of its (second) construction (because the first Minots Ledge Light was washed away in a violent storm), was actually "the most expensive light house that was ever constructed in the United States," according to Wikipedia.

Here's a photograph of it taken from a passing tour boat.

[Image: Minots Light, courtesy of Wikipedia].

Or put in a bid on the Boon Island lighthouse for $12,000, instead.

[Images: Photos courtesy General Services Administration].

Then invite me around for a candlelit tour.

(Thanks to Chelsea H. B. DeLorme for the tip! Post updated after a note from Daniel H. Cantwell. Earlier real estate listings on BLDGBLOG: Buy an Underground Kingdom, Buy a Prison, Buy a Tube Station, Buy an Archipelago, Buy a Map, Buy a Torpedo-Testing Facility, Buy a Silk Mill, Buy a Fort, Buy a Church).

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Blogger Atom B said...

A quick clarification--being listed on the National Register of Historic Places doesn't require that an owner meet any standards. They are free to alter or demolish as they see fit. It does make the property eligible for a variety of state and federal tax credits and incentives to restore a structure to historic standards. Design guidelines and restrictions are generally handled at the state or local levels.
Since this is a Lighthouse, it may fall under some sort of special classification, but generally speaking, being listed on the National Register provides NO protection without also being listed by the individual State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

July 10, 2014 3:57 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

LOL, yep, 'maintained' is hardly what they're doing I'd say.

I'd actually love to live in a lighthouse as I've been fascinated with them since I was a child. I even stayed in one in northern California a few years ago (a youth hostel) and it was amazing.

As long as I had a decent boat and internet, and maybe a couple of hundred thousand spare dollars, living in a lighthouse could be awesomely cool.

July 10, 2014 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

I was up in that area in 2009 - the Boon Island light is pretty far offshore:


July 11, 2014 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To quote the Halfway Rock one: "The fog signal horn at the site operates continuously, sounding two blasts every 30 seconds at a level at or over 124 decibels;" That sounds...annoying.

July 11, 2014 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better update your Bid amounts- Boon Island has $19,000 & you'd better believe I am Responsible!

August 08, 2014 2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The POINT of Living in a Ligjthouse is,NOT to have Internet! OR plumbing, OR electric.. Which is WHY I plan on LIVING in Katherine Bright's notorious Tower! ALONE.

August 08, 2014 2:55 AM  

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