Apollo 13 Astronaut James Lovell Lists Texas Vacation Home - Wall Street Journal

By Candace Taylor April 6, 2016 4:08 p.m. ET Captain James Lovell, a former NASA astronaut best known as the commander of the nearly disastrous Apollo 13 mission, is putting his Texas lake house on the market for $3.5 million.The Horseshoe Bay home has about 130 feet of waterfront on Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, a popular vacation spot about 55 miles from Austin, according to listing agent Tammie Bennett of Kuper Sothebys International Realty. Located on a narrow peninsula jutting into the lake, the nearly half-acre property has a boathouse and an outdoor hot tub. The Mediterranean-style house, which measures about 4,900 square feet, has views of the lake from nearly every room, according to Ms. Bennett. The house is being sold fully furnished.Capt. Lovell and his wife Marilyn bought the property in 1988, then designed and built the four-bedroom house on the site. In the double-height living room, five round stained-glass windows depict the insignia from Apollo 13 and Captain Lovells other space missions. Capt. Lovell, who wrote a book about Apollo 13 and was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1995 movie of the same name, said he hosted the actor for a long weekend at the house while Mr. Hanks was preparing for the role.Capt. Lovell previously had a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle, which the couple used to travel back and forth between Horseshoe Bay and their primary home in Lake Forest, Ill. A few years ago, however, he got rid of the plane at his wifes insistence, and without it, travel between the two homes became more difficult. We dont get back there very much, Capt. Lovell, 88, said, especially since the couples children are now grown and dispersed throughout the country.Waterfront homes in Horseshoe Bay typically range in price from $1 million to $7 million, Ms. Bennett said, although lower priced homes can be found on other parts of the lake.Write to Candace Taylor at Candace.Taylor@wsj.com