You Can Own Your Own Lighthouse


For sale by owner: Antique five-story structure built in 1903. Ten-acre property, majestic water views with private dock. Two bedrooms, kitchen/library potential, no baths. Needs work.

So a conventional real estate listing might look for a piece of property for sale on Graves Island, 9 miles off the Massachusetts coast. When the owner is the US government, however, and the property is a 110-year-old working lighthouse anchored to a rocky, wave-battered ledge near the entrance to Boston Harbor, that hardly does the offering justice.

For that matter, simply getting to, and into, the lighthouse, which has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1987, presents a formidable challenge for anyone looking to buy what would be a truly novel vacation home.


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