Photos: US General Services Administration

A Real Fixer-Upper: 144-Year-Old Bay Lighthouse for Sale

If you’re looking for a cozy home with great views and major privacy from neighbors, look no further.

A 144-year-old lighthouse, two miles off of North Point State Park, is up for sale to the highest bidder. But the place needs some work.

Craighill Channel Lower Range Front Light Station is a cylindrical structure that was built in 1873. It is one of the lights that mark the Craighill channel, from the Bay to the mouth of Patapsco River. 

The keeper quarters inside are 1.5 stories, with a deck that stretches all the way around. The cast iron lantern room sits on top of the lighthouse, about 25 feet above the water’s surface. A keeper and an assistant lived there until 1964, when the light became automated. 

The federal government decided to sell it after a nonprofit group’s plans to restore it didn’t work out.

The unique waterfront home is listed on the U.S. General Services Administration website for a price tag of $15,000. That doesn’t include, of course, the boat that would be required to commute home.

The website reports that the exterior of the lighthouse is in fair condition, and has been maintained over the years. But the inside has been open to the elements, and several birds have made it their home.

The online auction runs through September 15th. To place a bid, click here.