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  • Reply Annette August 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Wow – this looks like such a charming lifestyle.
    Does anyone know what sort of costs are generally involved with houseboat living? I imagine slip fees — do they include utilities? What happens regarding wastewater disposal? Are property taxes attached to houseboats?

    • Reply Silver Gypsy August 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      There is an old saying, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” And, unfortunately, that really does apply with houseboats. Once upon a time houseboats were very affordable, but after George W. Bush laid claim to all the land and everything else in the USA, the real estate industry moved in and the prices of everything went rocketing. The cost of living on a houseboat these days is prohibitive. All of the costs are broken out into individual line items. Slip fees run anywhere from one to several thousands of dollars a month depending upon how upscale the harbor is you are anchored in. Utilities are a separate matter; electricity is one cost, waste removal another. There are slip fees and docking fees and you’d have to check with your municipality to see if they have anything called “property taxes” that would apply to your particular boat in whatever location you are thinking of residing in. And then there are, of course, maintenance fees. I dreamed of living on a houseboat for years until the reality set in that this has become an exclusive club for rich people only thanks to Dubya and the realtors. I’m now looking for a Tiny House Community or some people who want to get together and start our own Tiny House Community. I think THOWs are the better deal these days; not houseboats any longer.You can always drive your THOW to the water’s edge, but you can’t drive a houseboat around inland. And if there is ever another ferocious ocean storm, better to drive your THOW even farther inland until the storm passes than watch some storm toss your houseboat all over the place and then smash it on the rocks or shore.

  • Reply Linda August 27, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Do these “houseboats” actually perform as a house as well as a boat or are they permanently in the slip.

    • Reply Silver Gypsy August 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Some people live on their houseboats year round. In some places, they don’t allow you to live on them full-time. Most are permanently anchored at a given slip. The reason they call them “boats” is because they can be moved around from one location or state to another via water (and the US Coast Guard).However, most are permanently anchored in one spot only.

  • Reply Silver Gypsy August 30, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    This would make a very elegant second home. It’s very comfortable looking as well as being nicely appointed.

  • Reply Jean Noel September 10, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Fantastic! I wish it had an additional sleeping space. Overall, it is a wonderful home.

  • Reply Stephan of Arkansas September 28, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Lovely, sunny structure! Can anyone kindly advise the approximate footprint of the complete structure? I would love to adjust and tinker with the original floor plan and footprint and change it into a small house (of approx 800 ft2) with surrounding balconies and decks on a fixed pier and beam foundation. I am preparing to build a small house as my little-ole-eccentric-single-man-retirement cottage, and this delightful structure is indeed most tempting! Please… advice someone on the footprint measurement…… These comments are respectfully submitted.

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