Smith Point Lighthouse Extreme Makeover
The dream of being a modern Lighthouse Keeper can be realized by purchasing a extreme home with a 360-degree view of the bay and a Night Light visible to 22 nautical miles! Smith Point Lighthouse, built 110 years ago to mark the shoals off Smith Point in the Chesapeake Bay, was purchased by Dave McNally as his dream vacation home!
Dave, a resident from Minnesota, began trawling for Lighthouses on eBay in 2005. Disappointed with eBay, Dave Googled “lighthouses for sale” and discovered four offshore Lighthouses being auctioned by the General Services Administration. Dave was drawn to the “Coffee Pot” Lighthouse in Virginia near the mouth of the Potomac River due to the lopsided shape of the Beacon. McNally eventually won the online bidding battle for $170,000 on October 21, 2005.
For the past two years, Dave has been restoring his extreme home complying with the historic preservation guidelines. Can you imagine being told three times you can not buy the windows you want? On his fourth selection, the Virginia preservation society finally approved his hurricane-proof tempered glass windows!
Amazingly, Dave does not have home insurance because his Lighthouse is located in a flood-plain! And no doubt, Dave is rudely awaken every 15-seconds when his Fog horn blasts. Hopefully, the pleasures of his extreme weekend retreat outweigh his headaches?
Fortunately for Dave, the Coast Guard’s access to the active Lighthouse aid is a minor inconvenience. Currently, Smith Point Lighthouse exhibits a Flashing White Light every 10-seconds illuminated by a DCB-24 Aerobeacon 52-feet above sea level to a visible range of 22 nautical miles.
For directions to Smith Point Lighthouse, please click on the Google Map of Smith Point Lighthouse
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