If your dream home checklist includes seclusion, round rooms and the sound of waves all night and day, these obsolete lighthouses are up for grabs.
Few structures are as iconic as a lighthouse, and now you can buy your own. While a tower out in the middle of the water may not be all that practical, they sure are charming. And the federal government has six out-of-commision ones currently up for auction, starting at a mere $10,000. The sales are the result of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, which "provides a mechanism for the conveyance of federally owned historic light stations to qualified new stewards," once the lighthouse is no longer needed. Since the act, they've unloaded more than 100 of the structures. They may not be the greenest buildings on the planet, but there's a lot to be said for historic preservation and giving old structures new life.
Following are the lighthouses currently available; five of them are on lakes in Michigan and one is on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
First up, the Detroit River Light in Monroe, Michigan; pictured above in 1885 and as seen currently on the next page.