Located oceanfront in downtown Islamorada, the historical Gilmore Estate is locally known as the Bay Bourne Houseboat. Situated on 5+ acres, with 300 feet of beach, the Houseboat is an actual 60 foot 1948 Chris Craft with 1 stateroom, 2 baths, a galley kitchen, salon, on the first deck. Top deck consists of a 4-bunk stateroom and private upper deck with wide open ocean views! The Houseboat was originally docked next door at the Cheeca Lodge in the 1960's when Hurricane Donna broke her away from her mooring and left her high and dry on US 1. The Houseboat was found and then rolled on telephone poles back into the place where it sits, permanently anchored today commanding the perfect spot on the beach! The Houseboat was custom built for Baron Conrad Hilton, the hotelier. Rich in history, this estate has entertained many dignitaries including President Harry Truman and President George Bush Sr. President Harry Truman composed much of the Truman Letters from pen and pad while on the boat.
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