Famed astronaut James Lovell has put his 3.5 million dollar lakeside mansion in Texas up for sale. James Lovell might not be a household name these days, but for a brief time in 1970 he was on the front page of every American newspaper as the commander of the perilous Apollo 13 mission.
Located on Lake LBJ, the home is 4,900 square feet, and has four bedrooms, a boathouse and a hot tub. The home is listed by agent Tammie Bennett of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, and is being sold fully furnished.
The home was constructed in 1988 in a Mediterranean style and has 130 feet of waterfront access on Horseshoe Bay in Lake LBJ, about 50 miles northwest of Austin.
Lovell gained international fame in 1970 when the Apollo 13 mission was compromised in space due to an oxygen explosion that damaged the service module and command module. Lovell later wrote a book about the dangerous mission, which was turned into a movie in 1995 that featured Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks portraying Lovell. Hanks visited Lovell in the home and stayed with him over a long weekend as he prepared for the role.
The home will have historical interest for any NASA fan, since there are five custom stained glass windows in the living room that boast images of the insignia from each of Lovell’s space missions. Lovell, now 88, is selling the home because he has sold his personal Cessna aircraft he previously used to fly back and forth between the lake house and his primary residence in Lake Forest, Ill.