A former US Navy vessel turned $800,000 houseboat called ‘the Evil Eye’ is on sale the Bay Area— see inside

  • A houseboat once owned by author Shel Silverstein is on the market in the Bay Area.
  • The 1,200-square-foot home is listed for $783,000.
  • Before it belonged to Silverstein, the boat was a World War II balloon barge, and it has since been remodeled several times.
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A Sausalito, California houseboat on the market for $783,000 has an interesting history.

Before it was bought by poet Shel Silverstein in 1967, it was used as a balloon barge in World War II — ships used by the US Navy to spot kamikaze aircraft.

Silverstein, the author of famous books including Runny Babbit and The Giving Tree, moved into the boat, christened The Evil Eye in 1967, and owned it until his death in 1999. In 2017, The Evil Eye was listed for $390,000, and photos from Curbed show that it was badly in need of a remodel.

Now, the houseboat is listed for nearly twice the asking price from 2017, but the new price tag comes with a whole new interior. The property at 8 Liberty Dock is listed by Dianne Andrews of Engel and Voelkers.

Take a look inside.

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