Lightkeeper Retirement Homes

No, this does not refer to retirement homes such as you are imagining for senior citizens. This is a fictitious tale of what I imagine a lightkeeper might look for in a home when he retires. None of these homes are actually inhabited by a lighthouse keeper, as far as I know, but they appealed to me as a place where a keeper might like to retire.

Most keepers hate to leave their lighthouse homes at all, but sometimes, as in my case, retirement beckons too strongly and we give up the solitary life. Maybe we would move into . . . 

1. How about this one?

I saw this little dwelling and its location and immediately fell in love with it. It is isolated; it is near water; it even has a boat (note the kayak beneath the house). I still ride a bicycle, so why not paddling a kayak into old age? Perfect location for me.

The photograph is by Irene Becker for National Geographic Picture of the Day: A Tiny River House in Serbia. The website says:

A house in the middle of the Drina River near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia. The Drina is a 346 km long river that forms much of the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. It is the longest tributary of the Sava River and the longest karst river in the Dinaric Alps.

i searched via Google Earth and finally found the location at latitude 43°59’3.73″N, Longitude 19°33’59.67″E (Google Earth KML file with several more photos of the house). Continue reading

Lighthouse For Sale – Rhode Island, USA


April 05, 2014 – As of today this property has not been sold. See the table below of Pricing History from Zillow. It seems it is overpriced, by a lot!

1 Poplar Avenue, North Kingstown, RI  02852

4 Bedroom
4.1 Bath(s)   
   4 Full Bath(s)
   1 Half Bath(s)
MLS#: 1002327 

America’s oldest wooden lighthouse! Built in 1831 and set on breathtaking Wickford Harbor,this iconic RI landmark is now one of it’s most admired waterfront estates. Casually elegant 4 bedroom main house,3 bedroom guest house,pool,new dock. Magical. – Residential Properties Ltd. Continue reading

FOR SALE – Official Navigational Aid

It seems that this guy in Sitka, Alaska built a house and lighthouse and had it approved as an Official Navigational Aid by the US Coast Guard as the Rockwell Lighthouse. The place is  for sale (January 2012). Attached below is the advertisement from Sitka Realty service.

Anyone interested? It’s a steal!

(This is only a photo of the webpage - none of the links work)

Some lovely photos of the inside and outside of this house on Old House Dreams website.

As for the term Official Navigational Aid, Canada also does it sometimes.