Workplace: Paradise

Retirees who take care of other people's property can live the good life rent-free

How's this for a job offer: Live rent-free for the summer on 64-acre Seguin Island off the coast of Maine. And for a small stipend, give tours of the historic lighthouse, work at the small store and museum attached to the lighthouse, and keep a daily log of the sunset, sunrise and tides. For retirees Michael Brzoza, 51, and his wife Marilyn Lucey, 60, it was irresistible. "We loved the idea of living on a beautiful island 2½ miles out to sea," says Lucey, a former toy designer. "We could see whales and migrating birds. We could pick wild raspberries and...

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