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Shel Silverstein’s Houseboat Is for Sale, and It’s Just as Unconventional as You’d Expect

by Eben Diskin Apr 22, 2020

Many of us grew up reading the books of Shel Silverstein, including Falling Up, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic. If you’re really feeling nostalgic, you can now purchase his houseboat, which is up for sale in Sausalito, California.

Silverstein lived in this 1,200-square-foot balloon barge houseboat from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, and owned the property until his death in 1999. The home dates back to World War II, and is as eccentric as many of the author’s famous stories. It has stained-glass windows and shiplap paneling, and newer industrial features like a metal staircase, white cabinetry, and gleaming concrete floors and kitchen countertops.

Recent renovations include added skylights, portholes, and white walls to allow for as much light as possible.

The official listing describes the house as “famous, fun, fabulous, and historic!” and invites potential buyers to “Bring your Creative clients, artists, writers, designers, retired doctors, lawyers, single women, small families, couples, everyone to have FUN making this their home! This transformation is magical! ”

The home is listed at $783,000.

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