Sail Away in This Dreamy London Houseboat For $211K

By Kathryn M. / Published by Dwell

We’re swooning over this 58-foot canal boat, which can even go completely off-grid.

Currently docked at a residential mooring in Haggerston, East London, the one-bedroom Chinampa Houseboat was thoughtfully designed by its current owners, who work in fashion and landscaping. Its moniker comes from an Aztec farming method, and refers to a floating garden—and this serene space certainly lives up to the name.

Built in 2013, the Chinampa Houseboat has been beautifully designed by its current owners, who work in fashion and landscaping.

Photo Courtesy of Aucoot

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Featuring a bright, clutter-free interior, the floating abode can go completely off-grid thanks to its 4x 130w solar panels. 

Featuring a thoughtful curation of collected antiques and retro pieces, the boat has also been fitted with custom-built furniture, including the bookshelves, sofa, and kitchen table.

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The bedroom houses a fitted double bed and wardrobe, as well as an integrated, stainless-steel fresh water tank.

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The bathroom has the luxury of a full-size, cast-iron, claw-foot tub.

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A look at the front half of the boat.

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The galley kitchen has been assembled from a reclaimed plans chest, iroko hardwood worktop from Retrouvius, and bespoke cupboard doors made from western red cedar.

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Gorgeous natural light glows on the dining area. The bench houses additional storage.

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Between the living room and bedroom there is a large, timber-framed skylight, creating the perfect place for growing plants. 

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The boat is heated by a Webasto high-performance water heating system and calorifier, and has radiators throughout. Its 4x 130w solar panels allow for 100-percent off-grid living.

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The Chinampa Houseboat was designed by Wright & Doyle. It is currently listed for £165,000 (approximately $211,200) by Aucoot.

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