For sale: Waterfront property; cozy, great views, plenty of light, needs TLC
Bidding stands at $13,000 for the Kenosha North Pierhead Light in Wisconsin.
July 12th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

For sale: Waterfront property; cozy, great views, plenty of light, needs TLC

If you have always wanted the tallest house in your neighborhood, here's your chance.

The federal government is auctioning off three decommissioned lighthouses, and the bids are still pretty low.

As of Tuesday morning, the Kenosha North Pierhead Light in Wisconsin is sitting at $13,000. In Ohio, three bids for the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light have risen to $39,500. The bidding ends Wednesday for both.

You have another week to bid on Ohio's Conneaut Harbor West Breakwater Light, which has drawn but one bid for $5,000, possibly because it could not easily be converted into a home or bed and breakfast.

"They're in varying states of repair or disrepair," General Services Administration official John E.B. Smith told The Washington Post. "They're not cheap to maintain."

Also available, but not to individual buyers, are 12 other lighthouses. The General Services Administration is trying to give them away to local governments or qualified agencies to be preserved as historic or educational sites. They are:

  • San Pedro's Point Fermin Light, California;
  • Fowey Rocks Light, Florida;
  • Ile aux Galetts Light, Michigan;
  • Port Austin Reef Light, Michigan;
  • Alpena Light, Michigan;
  • Brandywine Shoal Light, New Jersey;
  • Ship John Shoal Light, New Jersey;
  • Miah Maull Shoal Light, New Jersey;
  • Race Rock Light, New York;
  • Orient Point Light, New York;
  • Point Tuna (Punta Tuna) Light, Puerto Rico;
  • Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse, Wisconsin.

The lighthouses are outmoded by more modern means of navigation but still have historical value. The U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service are offering them under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.

Interested organizations need to submit a letter and complete a stringent application process. If no suitable steward is identified, the lighthouses will be auctioned to the general public, the GSA says.

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  1. pherz

    Honey I'm going to sleep at the light house tonight. Don't miss me.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lighthouses....


    July 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greenspam

    What can u do with a lighthouse anyway?

    July 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clark Griswold

      Bend over and I'll show you.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Queen

    @just sayin:


    July 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Clark Griswold...

    ...needs to take a vacation.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm


    July 12, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    Okay, honey, I want a lighthouse for my birthday present...

    July 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    ...and an island for Christmas.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. just a thought

    I'm wondering if the government wants to keep all good stuff an sell the rest. I know about Pt. Fermin in San Pedro. The last time I saw it, about 4 yrs ago, it was decommissioned, but in very good shape, in fact the house was being lived in. I don't know about the other lighhouses that the gov. doesn't want to sell.

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