A houseboat formerly owned by the late poet Shel Silverstein is up for sale.
The recently revamped home, located in Sausalito, CA, is listed for $783,000.
The charming ad rustic 1,200-square-foot floating home at 8 Liberty Dock was originally built in 1965 atop a World War II balloon barge with stained-glassed windows, unfinished wood paneling and worn hardwood floors.
The top floor sits under an atrium of glass with several new windows added during a remodel which flood the rooms with natural light.
“The windows sparkle with the morning light and afternoon sun,” said listing agent Dianne Andrews of Engel & Volkers.
The new owner purchased the property in 2017 where they added a modern kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. An remodelled bathroom includes a Japanese soaking tub, and utilises the original stained-glass windows by making them the focal point, surrounded by white subway tile.
“It’s a huge transformation,” said Andrews. “This was just a metal barge, and it has been modernised. It’s quite eclectic and hip right now.”
A staircase was built leading to two bedrooms that have been given a fresh coat of paint
“There’s an extremely fun kid’s room with a hanging bed and great views of the harbour,” she said.
According to property records, the author most famous for “The Giving Tree” owned the boat from 1967 to 1981. The Marin Independent Journal reported that Shel Silverstein named the boat The Evil Eye.
When Silverstein passed away in 1999, his close friend Larry Moyer moved into the boat with his wife Dianne Kadsen and they both lived there for many years, with Diane using the entire downstairs as a studio for her art.
It could be the perfect, peaceful purchase for any Reading Addict. Just imagine the lush library you could have instead of an art studio.