Here’s one way to finally fulfill your dream of being a keeper (minus all the maintenance)
Though lighthouses might once have thrilled little more than sea captains navigating a treacherous shoreline, today they’re regarded by many as iconic symbols of life on the coast.
Those that exist, if not still in use, are tourist attractions – and a growing number of them are being sold or auctioned off to private owners and converted into out-of-the-ordinary dwellings. (Ambitious rehabbers can scoop up this one right now in the Chesapeake Bay for a steal.)
In honor of National Lighthouse Day (August 7!), we rounded up three move-in-ready homes with their very own (both real and replica) lighthouses.
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Victorian Vibe, Hilton, New York
Built in 1896 and once the brightest light on Lake Ontario (guiding counterfeit smugglers in from Canada, among others), this historic jewel in Hilton, New York, has been privately owned and restored to its Victorian roots for the past 50 years. It’s currently used as an occasional bed & breakfast, with classicly outfitted interiors and large windows in the main house framing the picturesque lakefront. Of course, the best views are had from the tower, where wraparound window seats are perfect for curling up with a blanket and a book.
California Stunner, Laguna Beach
Believe it or not, the awe-inspiring clifftop lighthouse on this Laguna Beach, California, compound is just one of the property’s many impressive features. Built by early American filmmaker Edward H. Griffith, the retreat includes two guest cottages and a nautical-style main house with a cage elevator and recovered ship’s staircase, plus a swimming pool carved into the cliffside and a staircase that descends down to a private cove. Throw in some friends, food, and wine and you may never leave.
Outside In, Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Many lighthouse fans delight in extending the motif indoors through patterns and miniatures. But if you’re really diehard, you build a full-on working one in the middle of your kitchen. In this Isle of Palms, South Carolina, home, a floor-to-ceiling lighthouse is home to the pantry and light-up HVAC. If that’s not enough to put the wind in your sails, the 5-bedroom home’s wide-open floor plan, stunning kitchen, and spiral staircase will be.
Images, from top: From Listing on Zillow; New York photos: Mike Franklin/HistoricLighthouseForSale.com; Laguna Beach Photos: From Listing on Zillow; South Carolina photos: Courtesy of Phil Shepard Real Estate Photography.