September 04, 2013
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DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF/FILE
The Graves Island Light Station near the entrance to Boston Harbor is not your average fixer-upper.
One of 163 lighthouses located along the New England coast, the station went on the auction block in June. Bidding started at $25,000.
There is no plumbing or utility services at the 110-year-old facility, and getting to the front door requires a climb on a 40-foot ladder.
Unoccupied since the 1970s, much of the exterior and interior needs repairs.
When the US Coast Guard did staff it, the second story housed an engine room, and a kitchen and library area occupied the third story.
Lightkeepers’ bedrooms were on the fourth and fifth levels.
Offered strictly on an as-is basis, the working lighthouse may contain lead paint, asbestos, and PCBs.
Nevertheless, Jeremy D’Entremont, an authority on lighthouses, calls it “a great lighthouse in the tradition of classic, wave-swept lighthouses.”
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