Imagine owning a lighthouse — a towering sentinel overlooking the vast expanse of water, a beacon of both history and hope.
Sheila Consaul, a 65-year-old historic preservation enthusiast, didn’t just imagine it — she made it a reality.
Sheila purchased an abandoned lighthouse in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, for $71,000. She has since invested over $300,000 to turn it into her dream summer home.
Living in a lighthouse is far from ordinary. The first thing you’ll notice is the isolation.
There’s no driveway leading up to the front door. Instead, you park half a mile away and carry all your supplies—food, water, and even gas for the generator—by hand. But once you’re there, the experience is unparalleled.
Sheila’s journey began with a desire for a cooler summer retreat and a love for historic preservation.
When she heard about the government auctioning off lighthouses, she saw an opportunity to combine both.
The lighthouse was in a state of disrepair when she acquired it — broken windows, crumbling plaster, and a desperate need for paint. Yet, Sheila was undeterred.
She took out a home equity loan and embarked on a renovation journey that would be both challenging and rewarding.