Wish You Lived Here: Hotelier Conrad Hilton’s Beached Houseboat, Islamorada, Florida

by Owen James Burke


(Photo: Sotheby’s Realty)

This 1948 Chris Craft houseboat built for baron hotelier Conrad Hilton and frequented by President Truman is on the market.

The Bay Bourne Houseboat was originally built for hotelier Conrad Hilton in 1948, and for years she sat alongside the famous Cheeca Lodge, a fly fishing mecca, while President Harry S. Truman composed much of The Truman Letters. Now she’s on the market.


(Photo: Sotheby’s Realty)

Situated on over 5 acres, this 2-bed (one stateroom), 2-bath 1948 Chris Craft also boasts galley-style kitchen, a salon and a private upper deck with ocean views.


(Photo: Sotheby’s Realty)

Then, in 1960, Hurricane Donna blew through and left her high and dry on the hard, in the middle of U.S. Route 1. She was then lifted onto telephone poles and laid to rest where she sits now, on 300 feet of the most pristine and coveted Florida Key sand on the market.


(Photo: Sotheby’s Realty)

Since her grounding, President George Bush Sr. has been among other notables who’ve spent some time aboard the Baybourne Houseboat. It’s hard to say whether either of these first men of the United States have had any bearing on Sotheby’s pricing of the parcel of land or the 959-sqaure-foot houseboat. Still, disregarding your own politics, this shipwrecked but historic houseboat could be yours for $6.25 million (just don’t forget about the $26,000 in yearly property taxes).

See more photos at Sotheby’s — OB

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