Shel Silverstein’s Houseboat Is For Sale, And It Looks Like An Illustration From One Of His Books

published Apr 13, 2020
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If you were to imagine the home of children’s author Shel Silverstein, this ramshackle-looking houseboat would most likely be it. Silverstein’s World War II-era balloon barge houseboat is currently for sale in Sausalito, California, and it seriously looks like an illustration out of one of his famous books.

Silverstein, who penned childhood classics like “Falling Up,” “Where The Sidewalk Ends,” and “A Light in the Attic,” lived in this 1,200-square-foot houseboat from the late ‘60s to early ‘70s, and owned the property until his death in 1999. The home, currently listed at $783,000, is nestled amongst other houseboats in Richardson Bay, and offers two bedrooms and one full bath.

The home is a perfect combination of new and old. The main room that greets you upon entering the houseboat uses reclaimed architectural features such as antique windows and shiplap-like panelling to give the feeling as though you’ve entered the belly of a pirate ship.

But then, industrial elements like the modern metal staircase, matching concrete floors and kitchen countertops, and clean, white cabinetry, create the illusion that you may be living in a top-notch city apartment. There are also several stained-glass windows scattered throughout the home to add warmth and color into the space.

According to the Engel & Voelkers listing, the houseboat was recently renovated. The newer spaces feature skylights, portholes, and crisp, white walls to add as much light as possible into the cozy spaces. And take note of all the nooks and crannies perfect for writers and other creatives to get to work. All the desk space is, no doubt, inspired by the man who made this houseboat famous.

Real estate agent Dianne Andrews notes via the listing that the Shel Silverstein houseboat is perfect for year-round living, or a renting situation. It provides everything a house on land does, but with the added charm of being afloat in the harbor. If you’re interested in owning a piece of history, check out the listing to learn more and schedule a showing.