Play Lighthouse Keeper With These Homes for Sale
Erika Riggs | Zillow Blog | August 9, 2013 | link
Before GPS, satellite or automation, the lighthouse keeper was the last safeguard against maritime disaster. Expected to keep the tower’s light lit and maintained through the night, lighthouse keepers are now extremely rare — gone the way of ice-block deliveries and elevator and switchboard operators.
Yet the dramatics of running a lighthouse — real or imagined — still captivates many of us. Parks have lighthouses tours, waterfront homes boast views of the structures and some people choose to incorporate the look of a lighthouse into their homes. A few others have even purchased lighthouses from the U.S. government.
Care for your own lighthouse? We’re sharing a few currently on the market — some real lighthouses and some replicas — in honor of National Lighthouse Day.
1 Poplar Ave, North Kingstown, RI
For sale: $4.975 million
Claiming to be the oldest wooden lighthouse in the U.S., this iconic residence sits at the head of Wickford Harbor. Built in 1831, the structure is attached to a lovingly-preserved 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home with 4,600 square feet of “elegant coastal living.”