In what can potentially strike fear in the hearts of real estate agents all over the world, living on a houseboat is quickly becoming a popular option, given the novelty and viability of the same.
Since the first houseboat was introduced in US soil – or US waters for that matter – in Seattle Washington way back in 1905, the number of houseboats in the country have tremendously multiplied. In 1930, for example, there were close to 2,000 houseboats in the Seattle area alone. From mere fishing boats, to temporary houseboat rentals, to actually purchasing houseboats for sale, to converting sail boats into inhabitable platforms, many people have started to like the idea of living on a houseboat.
After all, is there anything more unique than taking up residence in the waters?
Houseboat living provides the following benefits for its dwellers:
People can better enjoy the serenity of the waters if they will stay on in most of the day. The rocking sensation of the watery surface can be soothing for most people. Water likewise has calming properties that some people crave for.
People will be away from the hustles and bustles of urban living. Floating homes are an excellent escape for people who wish to find and enjoy some peace.
People love the mobility of houseboats. Tired of the same ol’ scenery? Start up the engine, and move the houseboat, even for a small angle, and you’d have a fresh view of your surroundings.
People love the bragging rights brought about by living on a houseboat. After all, how many people do you know actually have their mailing address in the middle of a lake?
Houseboat living is not without its share of burdens and dangers, however. Take a look at the following disadvantages:
Your safety is always dependent on the calmness of the water. Waves of moderate strength can be disastrous to your houseboat. This is the reason why houseboats are usually found in lakes and rivers, where water movement is minimal.
Most houseboats for rent and most houseboats for sale are of the stationary variety, which will limit your mobility in the water. Motored houseboats are more expensive, given the size of the engine to move a houseboat of such sizes.
Houseboat insurance can be quite expensive as well, because there are more risks involved.
Living on a houseboat is truly a wonderful idea, but it’s not for everyone. Study the pros. Study the cons. Then and only then should you make the decision of whether or not you should take up residence in the water?