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
This 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.
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
Virginia’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 Coast Guard
Arena Cove, California
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
fireplaces 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.
Long Beach, New Jersey
** Listing Taken Down November 2013, but if there is still interest, please contact us.
Own 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.