Shel Silverstein’s Houseboat Is For Sale

The author's houseboat is located in Sausalito

If "live in Shel Silverstein's houseboat" is one of your life goals, well, this is your moment.
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There’s something innately appealing about houseboat life. The idea of living on the water, in a cozy space that places you even closer to nature — it’s not hard to see why some are drawn to it. Among those who found the idea of boat life compelling was acclaimed author and illustrator Shel Silverstein. Silverstein died in 1999, but his legacy remains out in the world today — and we’re not just talking about his books.

The houseboat where Silverstein lived in the 1960s and 1970s is currently on the market, Apartment Therapy reports. The details?

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.

Its location? Sausalito, California.

The real estate listing for the houseboat contains more information on the space, as well as an array of photographs. Looking at it from the outside, the handmade quality of the exterior — including stained-glass windows — creates a textured feel. This house might be (literally) on the water, but there’s plenty of substance to take in.

Apartment Therapy’s article dubs the space “a perfect combination of new and old.” While the exterior and certain rooms look timeless, the kitchen and bathroom have a much more modern look to them. Regardless, it’s a singular space, where distinctive design meets literary history.

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