7 Must-See Houseboats You Can Buy Right Now
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7 Must-See Houseboats You Can Buy Right Now

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By Kathryn McLamb
Brace yourself—these floating homes might just make you say goodbye to dry land.

While they may be small in size, houseboats certainly pack in the appeal. They allow you to live on the go and move as you please; they're usually more affordable than traditional houses; and let's not forget their adorable charm. If you've ever considered living the life aquatic, check out the seven delightful houseboats we've rounded up below. Ranging in space, style, and price, these floating abodes are sure to strike your fancy.

1) An Airy Two-Story Abode With a Spacious Top Deck

Asking Price: $499,000

While the Andante has a nautical-inspired exterior, the interior is another story.

While the Andante has a nautical-inspired exterior, the interior is another story.

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Known as the Andante, this 1984 houseboat was recently treated to a complete renovation earlier this year. Measuring around 812 square feet, it now features two bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, and a large top deck.

Clad in beautiful oak, the recently restored home has 812 square feet of bright interior space. The kitchen has Corian counters, stainless steel appliances, and a deep sink.

Clad in beautiful oak, the recently restored home has 812 square feet of bright interior space. The kitchen has Corian counters, stainless steel appliances, and a deep sink.

2) A Timeless Home Fitted With Reclaimed Furniture 

Asking Price: Approximately $211,200

Built in 2013, the boat has a large, timber-framed skylight that bathes the space in light, while creating the perfect place to grow plants.

Built in 2013, the boat has a large, timber-framed skylight that bathes the space in light, while creating the perfect place to grow plants.

Thoughtfully designed by its current owners, the Chinampa Houseboat includes a curated collection of antiques and reclaimed furniture. With four 130-watt solar panels, the home can even operate 100 percent off the grid.

A look at the front half of the boat. The galley kitchen has been assembled from a reclaimed chest, an iroko hardwood worktop from Retrouvius, and bespoke cupboard doors made from western red cedar.

A look at the front half of the boat. The galley kitchen has been assembled from a reclaimed chest, an iroko hardwood worktop from Retrouvius, and bespoke cupboard doors made from western red cedar.

Currently moored in the heart of Lake Union, the Pied-A-Mer is conveniently located near downtown Seattle.

Currently moored in the heart of Lake Union, the Pied-A-Mer is conveniently located near downtown Seattle.

Named the Pied-A-Mer, this two-story houseboat features approximately 542 square feet of charming interior space. Unlike many floating homes, it features a recently remodeled kitchen complete with a full-size fridge. It also comes with a cozy built-in dinette, which converts to a double bed.

The boat's midcentury-inspired interior features beautiful exposed wood beams.

The boat's midcentury-inspired interior features beautiful exposed wood beams.

A look at the boat's charming cottage-like exterior.

A look at the boat's charming cottage-like exterior.

Built in 2010, the Eco Sea Cottage is yet another darling houseboat in Seattle. Floating off Westlake Avenue, the 728-square-foot property includes a beautifully designed kitchen (with a dishwasher), a quaint master bedroom, and a sleeping loft.

Inside, the airy home features a spacious living area with a fireplace. The 728-square-foot space makes a great city escape.

Inside, the airy home features a spacious living area with a fireplace. The 728-square-foot space makes a great city escape.

5) An Off-Grid Abode With a Minimalist Interior

Asking Price: Approximately $377,700

The minimalist boat is fitted with bespoke wall sconces and custom-made upholstery.

The minimalist boat is fitted with bespoke wall sconces and custom-made upholstery.

Currently moored in London's St. Katharine Docks, the Dusky Parakeet is a bright and modern off-grid houseboat designed by award-winning firm 31/44 Architects. The brand-new 60' x 12' wide beam canal boat features bespoke interiors that give off a Scandinavian vibe.

Putting every square inch to good use, the architects created an abundance of storage throughout the home to help keep clutter to a minimum.

Putting every square inch to good use, the architects created an abundance of storage throughout the home to help keep clutter to a minimum.

The 1,020-square-foot home features decks off the living room and both bedrooms.

The 1,020-square-foot home features decks off the living room and both bedrooms.

The imPossible Dream is a turnkey, fully furnished houseboat that features an astounding 1,020 square feet of living space. With two bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, a washer and dryer, and two decks, the home is move-in ready and has everything you need to live comfortably on the water.

Originally built in 1996, the home was recently treated to a complete overhaul. 

Originally built in 1996, the home was recently treated to a complete overhaul. 

The 212-square-foot Orca houseboat is delightfully trimmed in pink. It was originally built in 1982 and received a thoughtful renovation in 2017.

The 212-square-foot Orca houseboat is delightfully trimmed in pink. It was originally built in 1982 and received a thoughtful renovation in 2017.

Another delightful waterfront oasis is the Orca houseboat. Recently remodeled, the home includes reclaimed bamboo flooring, butcher block kitchen counters, custom cabinets, and a new steel hull—which means it'll have very low maintenance costs.

The quaint yet highly functional kitchen features butcher block countertops, as well as a skylight which allows natural light to seep inside.

The quaint yet highly functional kitchen features butcher block countertops, as well as a skylight which allows natural light to seep inside.

Related Reading: 14 Floating Homes That Make a Strong Case For Waterfront Living

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