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10 Reasons to Try Living on a Houseboat

Okay, since most of us are probably going to need more than 10 reasons to invest in houseboat living, maybe we can call these the 10 <em>best</em> reasons to live on a houseboat. That seems fair.</br></br>When people think of houseboats they probably think of Seattle, Amsterdam and other iconic houseboat locations, but there are a lot of places where houseboats are a popular living option. California and Washington are popular coastal locations, but there are also hundreds of lakes and rivers that welcome the houseboat lifestyle.</br></br>So, what do people living on the water love about it?</br></br><strong>1. It’s often a more economical living.</strong></br></br>Most houseboats are comparable to apartments in size and lack the square footage that allows for house dwellers on solid ground to accumulate so much … <em>stuff</em>. This appeals to many who live lightly on the water, free of the usual domestic trappings.</br></br><strong>2. There’s a strong sense of community.</strong></br></br>Many people who choose to live on houseboats comment on how close they are with their neighbors. They’re all in the same boat, so to speak, when it comes to their chosen lifestyle and the rewards and challenges that come with it.</br></br><strong>3. You’re closer to nature.</strong></br></br>This isn’t about the water itself – it’s about what’s <em>in</em> the water. It’s not uncommon to see seals, jellyfish, regular fish, seabirds and other wildlife when you’re living out on the waves, depending on where those waves are.</br></br><strong>4. You get to kayak to the mailbox.</strong></br></br>Okay, so that’s not a guarantee, but you can and will have the opportunity to come and go via watercraft while you live on a houseboat. As with most things, the novelty will probably wear off after time, but your ability to commute in ways and places very few others can will never get boring.</br></br><strong>5. Watersports of all kinds are literally at your doorstep.</strong></br></br>This is the big draw for a lot of water-loving folks. How great would it be to just jump off your porch for a little swim? Or, better yet, you could install a water slide that attaches to the roof …</br></br><strong>6. There’s a wide variety of pricing.</strong></br></br>It’s all about size and location, as it is with any other kind of real estate. To rent or to buy, how much you spend is going to depend on the square footage and where you want to live. In this way, houseboat living can be as affordable or as lavish as you like.</br></br><strong>7. It will impress your friends and make for a great story.</strong></br></br>Don’t pretend this isn’t a very good reason. For a lot of people on houseboats, this is their <em>only</em> reason.</br></br><strong>8. Living on the water can be quiet and soothing.</strong></br></br>Again, it all depends on location. A houseboat in certain areas on Seattle’s Lake Union may see a lot of boat traffic, whereas one moored in an isolated cove in the Florida Keys might be quieter. But, this is also the fun part of houseboat living – the scenery and activities are always changing.</br></br><strong>9. You can fish without leaving your couch.</strong></br></br>There’s really no better way to say it.</br></br><strong>10. Your view is going to rate anywhere from pretty cool to flat-out amazing.</strong></br></br>It’s a houseboat so, you know, it’s already on the water. That’s a great start. Add some other boats, a skyline, some mountains or just an open stretch of more water and you’ve got the makings of a great memory and a great story you’ll tell for the rest of your life.
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