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You Can Buy Shel Silverstein’s Old Houseboat - By jkukura - April 28, 2017 - SF Weekly
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You Can Buy Shel Silverstein’s Old Houseboat

Image: Paul Bergeron Real Estate

It’s a little-known fact that legendary children’s book author and poet Shel Silverstein had a San Francisco phase a few years before he published the grade-school classic Where The Sidewalk Ends. While on assignment for Playboy magazine in 1967, Silverstein split his time between Haight-Ashbury and the Sausalito houseboat seen above.

That Sausalito houseboat is now for sale at a price of $390,000 as reported by Curbed SF. The listing realtor Paul Bergeron Real Estate has a full gallery of pictures of the houseboat under the heading ‘8 Liberty Dock Sausalito’.

“1 bedroom/1 bathroom with bonus rooms and 2 storage areas,” the listing reads, making no mention of former resident Shel Silverstein. “Great opportunity to remodel a historic military balloon barge and create a unique living space, or start fresh and build a new barge.”

We do know it is Silverstein’s former home, as Curbed tracked down an image from photographer Richard Olsen confirming this, and the houseboat is also specifically described in Silverstein’s 2007 biography A Boy Named Shel.

And as the final kicker piece of evidence, we have the vintage video below of Silverstein playing harmonica on the boat with the band Dr. Hook doing a version of “Sylvia’s Mother”, a song that pretty much only my Dad will recognize.