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The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association is concerned about the preservation of historic Life-Saving and Coast Guard stations and about the threat of demolition to those that are not cared for and those that face development challenges. This free service offered by the USLSSHA is for anyone wishing to publicize, sell and/or purchase Life-Saving and Coast Guard stations around the country. The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association will not be involved in any transactions between any parties who use our service; we only want to put potential buyers and potential sellers in touch with one another who share common interests in owning, saving and restoring Life-Saving and Coast Guard Stations. There are risks which you assume when dealing with any transaction, all of which are borne by you, not the USLSSHA, as we are a networking venue only. Below is a listing of available stations that we are aware of. If you have a listing please contact us so we can include it on our site.

Popham Beach (Hunniwells Beach), Maine

4 Riverview Avenue
Phippsburg, Maine

life-saving-station-for-sale-popham-beach-olderThis iconic beachfront estate owns a rich maritime history and has been meticulously restored and modernized into a luxury family compound under the watchful eye of renowned Maine builder Robert Stevens. Rarely available on the market, this property is located in the dunes of Maine’s renowned seven-mile Popham Beach. The eight bedroom residence pays respect to the rich history of the former Life Saving Station while, incorporating the finest building materials, amenities and modern building systems available.Originally sited in 1883, the dwellings are located on the beach with a strategic panoramicvantage point for visibility of the Atlantic Ocean and up the Kennebec River.life-saving-station-for-sale-popham-beach
The property boasts a luxurious six bedroom main house with a spectactular 50 foot long living room with windows on three sides, a chef’s kitchen, master suite with terrace and a romantic cupola with spectacular 360-degree views of the nearby islands and lighthouses.The two bedroom guest cottage is also located on the beach and also enjoys a magnificent vantage point. There is a charming artist studio that is also ideal for a recreation room or office. The third building forming the European-style courtyard is known as the Boat House; perfect for storage of kayaks, fishing gear, paddleboards and boating equipment to support the two moorings located in the protected harbor a stone’s throw from the property. There is also a convenient and nostalgic beach house that provides a perfect spot for changing and storing fishing or beach gear.

Beginning in 1848, the United States Life Saving Service was established to protect sailors at important maritime locations. During its history, the Life-Saving Service built over 270 stations across the country and saved thousands of lives. In 1883, a Life Saving Station at Popham Beach was established, called the Hunniwell’s Beach Station. The station was strategically built at the confluence of Kennebec River, the major mid-coast waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean. The station was repaired and improved in 1889 as well as moved on account of “encroachments of the sea.” On January 28, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Act to Create the Coast Guard”, merging the Life Saving Station Service and the Revenue Cutter Service. The Coast Guard operated the station from 1915 to 1971, and the building remains a landmark for all seafarers in the area.

Seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the unrivaled beachfront setting and the finest residence available on the coast of Maine.

 

Cobb Island, Virginia, Oyster, VA

life-saving-station-for-sale-cobb-island-olderVirginia’s Eastern Shore first served Native American as hunting and fishing grounds; later a hideout for Pirates and later still a private setting for well-heeled travelers. About 1840 Nathan Cobb left Cape Cod in his schooner to find a better climate for his wife. Struck by the beauty of the Eastern Shore’s barrier islands, he settled on a little island about seven miles long. Soon thereafter he discovered the monetary reward of salvaging the ships that wrecked in the uncharted waters and bought the island for $20 and 100 bushels of salt. By 1876  the island was known as Cobb’s Island and the family sold a small portion of their island to the United States Government for construction of a life-saving-station-for-sale-cobb-islandCoast Guard
Station.

In 1936 the Coast Guard decided to replace an aging structure with the improvements described here. There are few  changes to the Colonial Revival design created by the Coast Guard’s Civil Engineer’s office under Franklin Roosevelt’s Civil Works Administration program. The structure served the Coast Guard for 28 years and was decommissioned and left vacant in 1964.
In 1973 The Nature Conservancy (TNC) began its campaign to protect the barrier islands. Today, 14 undeveloped islands, including Cobb, are included in the Virginia Coast Reserve protecting the Eastern Shore communities as well as thousands of acres of pristine salt marshes, tidal mudflats and shallow bays.
By 1998 the station had suffered substantial deterioration. TNC loaded the building onto a barge and brought it to a location off Oyster Harbour to be restored. It took three years. The Keeper’s cottage and secondary buildings were added to complement the  original Station and provide a superb environment for the individual, the sportsman or the corporation.
In all there are over 11,000 square feet of liveable space that includes 10 bedrooms, seven full baths (two handicapped accessible) and three handicapped accessible half baths. A chair lift/elevator serves two of three floors. The professional kitchen is an opportunity for the chef or the ambitious host. The dining hall will serve your friends or your conference group. The original Boathouse can seat up 28 or host 100 people for a Retreat, B & B or, with large drop-down screens (2) provide a video setting for the family compound.
The Property is 32.3 acres -17 acres tidal salt marsh with 4 acres of intertidal emergent and scrub/shrub wetlands. There are five acres of high ground and forest. The latter includes Short Pine, Red Cedar and Wax Myrtle. Baccharis (perennial shrub) and Phragmites (common reed) are invasive but serve the beneficial purpose of soil stabilization and windbreak. Here, too, is Elderberry and wild fennel.
Cobb Island Station has direct access to kayaking channels in Brockenberry Bay and deep water access in Oyster Harbour. The present owner has obtained a permit for construction of a private deep-water dock in Oyster Harbor valid until June 8, 2012 when reapplication will be required if not constructed as designed. (Permit and designs available on request.)
Virginia’s Coast Reserve is renowned for the protected and pristine character of the barrier islands. Here is unparalleled sport fishing including the mighty Tarpon but also channel bass, bluefish and stripers. The seaside marine life includes flounder, croaker, sea bass and tautaug. Blue crab, clams and oysters grow wild and offshore fishing for tuna, marlin and wahoo is nearby.
The Station  is in the Atlantic Flyway, a globally important coastal migration corridor. Migratory routes from central and eastern Canada converge on Virginia’s Eastern Shore for the mallard, black duck, pintail, greening teal, brant, Canada and snow geese and the canvasback.

 

Arena Cove, California

695 Arena Cove
Point Arena, CA 95468

life-saving-station-for-sale-arena-coveThe Coast Guard House stands proudly above Arena Cove where daring sea rescues where performed in the Pacific until mid last century. It was built by the US Life Saving Service, the predecessor of the Coast Guard in 1901.

There are seven buildings on the compound and they are arrayed on four gorgeous ocean side acres.

The main building contains five guest rooms and a parlor each decorated in Craftsman furnishings, a working breakfast kitchen with rare birds-eye maple cabinets and an ocean view dining room where a full course home made breakfast is offered daily. Two separate ocean-view cottages feature
life-saving-station-for-sale-arena-cove-1fireplaces and whirlpool spas. The new owners
will delight in the private ocean-view 3 bedroom 2 bath owner’s home with expansive redwood deck and gourmet kitchen.

In 2014, the vast and pristine California Coastal National Monument was dedicated offering hours of great hiking out the front door. You can now hike from Arena Cove through the 1600 acres of spectacular coastal headlands to the towering Point Arena lighthouse.
The property would be an excellent site for a visitors center for the National Monument, a corporate retreat center, a coastal estate or as a successful bed and breakfast as it has been for the last thirty years.
This property is for sale by the owners. We are willing to offer financing with a substantial down payment. Shown by appointment only to qualified buyers.

 

Long Beach, New Jersey

** Listing Taken Down November 2013, but if there is still interest, please contact us.

117 E. Maryland Ave. (132nd Street)
Beach Haven Terrace, NJ

Long_Beach_NJ_LSSOwn an authentic piece of Long Beach Island history!! U.S. Life Saving Station #21 Long Beach. Constructed in 1800’s and beautifully renovated into a residence about 12 years ago. The property is located in the oceanblock just 6 houses away from the beach, and sits on an approximate 17,000 sq. ft. lot. The home is gorgeous inside and out: Over 3,400 sq. ft. of living area, 5 bedrooms, 3 zone gas heat & a/c, large covered porch, dining deck with awning overlooking landscaped grounds, 12 ft. ceilings in main living areas, super-spacious master suite, family room, office/library, granite kitchen w/cherry cabinetry, full basement (bone-dry), oversized garages and a 65 high watch tower with panoramic views surpassed only by Old Barney himself !!! Shown by appointment only. Offered furnished.

 

If you have a station to list for sale, please contact us at:

US Life-Saving Service Heritage Association
PO Box 1031
Eastham, MA 02642   USA
tel:  844-875-7742

email: info@uslife-savingservice.org