Want to Live in a Lighthouse? They’re Selling for $10k in New England

by Owen James Burke

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Lighthouses in the United States are like castles in Europe: they’re everywhere and they’re on the market for next to nothing. Boon Island Light Station off York, Maine is for sale by the U.S. government for only $12,000, and they’re accepting bids. Being a fisherman, I can’t help but imagine casting plugs to the schools of striped bass hanging around this rocky islet, let alone all the shellfish.

These lighthouses are often in dire shape, and must be thoroughly inspected before buying. As goes with many of the European castles, upkeep is a required part of the deal (some are still operating). If repainting and pouring cement while catching cool north Atlantic spray against your back isn’t your idea of Sunday fun, it’s safe to say it’s not worth the bother.

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Halfway Rock Lighthouse off Harpswell, Maine is on the block for just under $30,000, and looks to be in slightly better shape.

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If you don’t need an island, there’s always Minots Ledge Light, a 114′ tower (with cistern on top) built on top of a reef and surrounded by several notable shipwrecks (and fishing grounds) off Scituate, Massachusetts for $10,000. It may seem like a dangerous investment, but it’s also worth remembering that this light has been here for over 150 years, and has withstood some of the worst weather New England has to hurl.

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