Benefits and drawbacks of lighthouse living
For $900 a month, plus utilities, the occupants of Scituate Light get a lifestyle that differs from a typical suburban one in several ways:
No neighbors: The lighthouse and attached lightkeeper's cottage are located on the tip of Cedar Point. A large parking lot separates the lighthouse and cottage from the other homes on Lighthouse Road.
Great views: Unobstructed views of Scituate Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.
No garage: The Gallaghers park in a driveway beside the keeper's cottage.
Low ceilings: The lightkeeper's cottage dates back to 1811, and has low ceilings. "The acoustics here are remarkable," said lightkeeper Bob Gallagher. "Anything you say in the kitchen can be heard upstairs."
Unexpected visitors: Scituate Light is a popular landmark that attracts plenty of tourists, history buffs, and curiosity-seekers. People peer through the windows of the keeper's cottage. They knock on the front door.
More housework: The lightkeeper is in charge of maintaining the lighthouse, keeper's cottage, and surrounding property. That includes sweeping the stairs, washing windows, dusting furniture, mowing the lawn, gardening, and making minor repairs. The lightkeeper is also responsible for raising and lowering the flags at the site.