Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate
Every month, Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate features a lighthouse. These lighthouses have guided many a captain safely to port. These magnificent beacons and their operators are an important fabric of American industry and we simply love to share their stories.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
The oldest operating lighthouse in the United States has been lighting the shores of Sandy Hook, N.J., since 1764. The sale of lottery tickets partially funded construction of the octagonal rubblestone tower.
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In 1776, in the early days of the Revolutionary War, the British tried to destroy the beacon with cannon fire, but found that “after an hour of volleys … ‘the walls (were) so firm that the cannon fire could make no impression.’” The British controlled the lighthouse for the rest of the war.
While the Sandy Hook Lighthouse station has been upgraded many times over the years, the tower itself has never been rebuilt. However, its position along the shoreline has changed substantially — when it was built, the lighthouse was 500 feet from the water; today it is one and a half miles from the ocean, thanks to tides depositing sand along the shore.
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We are very passionate about lighthouses. With today’s technology and services such as GPS there isn’t the same need for actual lighthouses that there once was. Having said that, when times are most difficult and the stormy seas erupt, it is not uncommon for electronics and communications to be knocked out of commission. Even today, a captain in distress will seek out the lighthouse on shore for clear direction and safe harbor.
We love the lighthouse analogy for commercial real estate. Captains of industry, even with the most thought out plans and experience, can find themselves in troubled seas. Uncertainty in life can arrive at any occasion. Our mission at Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate is to be that clear beacon of hope and trust that you need when clear direction is needed most. Your business life may depend on the commercial real estate decisions you make.
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