Floating Homes | Life on the water

October 28, 2020

Life on the water takes on a whole new meaning with floating homes. With tiny homes growing in popularity across the country, more and more people are opening up to the possibility of alternative living conditions, including buying a floating home. They differ from houseboats in that they are permanently fixed — connected to electricity, sewer, and water — rather than being able to quickly disconnect and float away. Owners of floating homes get the luxury of consistently waking up to spectacular water views with all of the comforts of a home on land. 

Floating homes first became popular in the late 60s and 70s, offering adventurous families the ability to spend their summers relaxing on the water and have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the decrease of physical real estate space in cities and urban areas. As a result, many innovative architects and builders are taking to the water to make use of the abundance of space and the uninhibited views. Today, these floating structures can offer luxury living spaces that make the best of both worlds to homeowners from around the world. They are no longer reserved for summer get-a-ways but rather for primary residences that offer three to five bedrooms, open-concept kitchens, great entertaining spaces, and gorgeous panoramic views from verandas. The finite supply and the steadily growing demand for floating homes mean that their prices have been climbing by nearly 20% per year over the past five years according to Michele Affronte, Engel & Völkers Sausalito Advisor, who specializes in floating homes.

For your enjoyment, we have gathered a collection of a few Engel & Völkers floating home listings.

1 Liberty Dock, Sausalito, California

This floating home located in Sausalito, California comes fully-furnished and offers luxury and sophistication from every corner. It features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a spacious lounge on the sky deck with a minibar. It has been decorated with lush plants, giving it a garden escape feel right on the water.

Watch the video tour of this unique floating home below:

Listing courtesy of Michele Affronte of Engel & Völkers Sausalito.

2 Issaquah Dock

Described as dramatic but sophisticated, this floating home offers style and comfort. The interior has been remodeled beautifully featuring two bedrooms, custom soaking tubs in each bathroom, and French Oak floors. Enjoy the scenic views of the outdoors on your deck or the coziness of the fireplace from your living room.

Watch the video tour of this stylish floating home below:

Listing courtesy of Michele Affronte of Engel & Völkers Sausalito.

6 East Pier

Another fantastic floating abode that features over 2,000 square feet of living and makes excellent use of every inch can be found at 6 East Pier in sunny Sausalito. Some of the highlights of this property include three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room, an updated kitchen, and gorgeous finishes throughout. The front porch and veranda deck are two spots perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee or having an evening meal.

Listing courtesy of Dianne Andrews of Engel & Völkers Sausalito.

If you are ultimately looking for a home that offers all the luxury of being on a yacht while still on land, then a floating home is a great investment. Gone are the days of waiting until summer to enjoy being on the water, owning a floating home as a primary residence or as a pied-à-terre means enjoying life on the water year-round.

For more information on floating home listings and other water lifestyle home, visit evrealestate.com.

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