Three years after hitting the market for under $400,000, a funky houseboat in Sausalito once owned by the poet and author Shel Silverstein is getting flipped with an asking price of $783,000.
SFist noted the listing back in April 2017 for the one-bedroom, one-bath barge built out of a former WWII military vessel, which was owned and occupied by Silverstein circa 1967 to about 1975. Not long after the 1974 publication of his first book of poems, Where the Sidewalk Ends, tragedy struck and took the life of Silverstein's girlfriend and the mother of his child, Susan Taylor Hastings. It's not clear how much he returned to Sausalito after that, but he would ultimately also own homes in New York's Greenwich Village, Martha's Vineyard, and Key West, where he died of a heart attack in 1999.
The occupant of the Sausalito houseboat until his own death in 2016 was Silverstein's close friend, the photographer and artist Larry Moyer. As Moyer told the story in a 2015 interview, Silverstein had been on assignment by Playboy Magazine covering the Summer of Love in the Haight in 1967, and that was when the two friends discovered the Sausalito houseboat scene, which was more their speed. "There were a few hundred boats. It was total freedom," Moyer said. "The music, the people, the architecture, the nudity — all we could say was, ‘Wow!’ So Shel bought a boat, and I bought a boat. And that was that."
The 2007 biography A Boy Named Shel also described Silverstein's discovery of the area, saying, “In the beginning the houseboat community was essentially a community of squatters who had only salvage rights. [...] The whole place was a bit like living in Never Never Land."
Silverstein would go on to meet Hastings at the Playboy Mansion, and the two had a daughter together, Shoshanna Hastings, in 1970. Shoshanna, tragically, died of a brain aneurysm in 1982.
As Curbed now reports, the houseboat at 8 Liberty Dock has been given a "gentle renovation," and now features two bedrooms and a fully remodeled kitchen.
It's been listed by Dianne Andrews of Engel & Volkers, and you can see a few interior shots below. Also, here's a video shot on the houseboat in 1972 featuring an impromptu concert by the band Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and at the 2:50 mark you'll see Shel himself playing the harmonica.