Frying Pan Tower for sale off North Carolina coast


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT/WNCN) — If you’ve ever wanted to own a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast, here is your chance.

Credit: The Frying Pan Tower in a photo used with permission from

Located 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina, the Frying Pan Tower offers a unique place for people to stay 85 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. 

The former Coast Guard light station has been transformed into a bed and breakfast, featuring high-speed internet, hot and cold water, and solar and wind energy.

A three-day, two-night stay will cost $598 per person. If you’d like transportation by helicopter, that price increases to $1,345.  The tower also offers access to a chef for special meals.

The auction to sell the tower got underway at the beginning of May. As of May 5, the highest bid was $36,333.

Frying Pan Tower was built in 1964 and served as a light tower along the Frying Pan Shoals for decades.

Richard Neal, from near Charlotte, bought the structure from the U.S. Government in 2010. He renovated many parts of the tower to make it better suited as a bed and breakfast.

Credit: The Frying Pan Tower in a photo used with permission from

The original price listed by the U.S. Government was around $500,000, but Neal eventually only had to pay $85,000 in 2010.

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