Bay Bourne Houseboat For Sale

July 2014 Industry Web Exclusive

Being an inland houseboat dweller has its perks for sure. But living on the ocean is also fun. We came across another scenario though. Maybe a beached houseboat near the ocean? If this sounds like something you would be interested in, pull out the checkbook and write a check for $6.25 million dollars because a boat of this nature just came on the market.

This 60-foot Chris Craft, known as the Bay Bourne Houseboat, was seaworthy when it was built in 1948 for famous-hotelier Conrad Hilton. It was docked at the Cheeca Lodge until September of 1960 when Hurricane Donna raged through the Florida Keys. The boat came loose from its moorings and settled on the dry land of US 1. It had to be rolled on telephone poles back to the beach and hasn’t been to sea since.

What could have been a nightmare turned into a kitschy blessing. The owners promptly had the spacious 959-square-foot boat put on a foundation and moved right in. But don’t let the back story fool you. This 70-year-old boat hasn’t aged a day and is still a beautiful piece of art. Eventually, the boat came to be a short-term rental property.

A reliable source says President Harry Truman composed the Truman letters by hand on this boat, while looking across the private beach at the Atlantic Ocean. President George H.W. Bush has also stayed on the boat.

Surely, you want to know what six million dollars will get. This impressive price tag is in part because of the boat’s remarkable location near downtown Islamorada, Fla. The boat will come with five acres and 300 feet of white sandy beach. Inside is a downstairs stateroom, two bathrooms, a galley, salon, a four-bunk upstairs stateroom and an upper deck.

To view the listing, visit this website

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