Need a New Place to Live?


How about in the middle of the Cheaspeake?

The GSA is auctioning off the Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse and the Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse at the end of the month. Me, I’ve been looking for a new headquarters from whence to plan my world dominance and this sea lair might be just what I am looking for. The lighthouse is just a half mile off Gibson Island in Ann Arundel County, and once upon a time it was the lighthouse keepers’ quarters, so I’m betting that there’s a decent amount of living space.

If you want to bid, you need at least $15,000 in certified funds, and the increments are $5,000 for the lighthouse itself. Minimum bid is a cool thirty grand. If you’re serious, the government has some forms for you to fill out and there’s a bunch of regulatory stuff to handle since the lighthouses are navigation aids and on the National Historic Places Register, so be aware, if you want to make it into your lair, you’re going to have to do it within the rules. Please also be aware, there are no public utilities at the lighthouses, so you’re going to have to handle your own supply.

Hat tip to Doc Searls for this one.

4 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on April 5th, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

    Oh if I only had the cash and could live like a hermit, this would be so perfect.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 5th, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    Wouldn’t it, though? Totally great place to live in the summer, I bet.

  3. Don (unregistered) on April 5th, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    I think it would be perfect if Wayan lived like a hermit too. Maybe we could start a collection. Wayan, can I borrow your little black book so I have some guaranteed donors?

  4. misschatter (unregistered) on April 5th, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

    Ya know, I’ve been trying to get someone to do a story on mine. I actually got one of the historic lighthouses through the GSA program last summer and it’s right outside Baltimore. The difference is it was a first round, meaning it went to a non-profit (mine) and I have to raise money to restore it and open it to the public as a maritime museum. If you become a member, you don’t get to live in it, but you do get earlier and better access as a volunteer to go in and work on it :-) If no qualified non-profits apply, then these go up for auction to the public – which means either they’re in such bad condition that a nonprofit doesn’t think it has the resources to restore it and open it (Sandy Point), it’s too remote for public access, or all qualified NPs are too busy with their own lighthouses! (I changed my URL to my lighthouse one)

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