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  • House Boat?

    Hi,

    Has anyone even considered living on a house boat instead of bricks and mortar? What would it involve and do you still have to pay rates if you move around?

    Jayne
    http://bowbiz.co.uk
    Commercial Propert and Business Sales.

  • #2
    Whoah - talk about being lateral in your choice.

    It's an interesting idea, though - I figure maintenance is also going to be an issue. Also, danger of theft - one of my marketing clients lives by the River Hull, and although some of the residents originally had small leisure boats, gangs would come by at night and steal the motors!

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    • #3
      As long as I end up in the country, i'd consider anything. We also had a look at Motorhomes, but I couldn't live in one all the time, don't want anyone to think I was a gypsy...lol

      I watched a program about house boats once and you can get a really nice one for 30-40k, which is less than half price of a small terrace house. It could be a way for first time buyers to get there own home?

      Jayne
      http://bowbiz.co.uk
      Commercial Propert and Business Sales.

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      • #4
        The way house prices are going, it may have to be a viable option. That could create some interesting dynamics in future if it happens.

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        • #5
          A house boat is actually something that will not only retain it's value but continaully be enjoyable. It's almost like being on a vacation all the time.
          Prices are very reasonable and as long as you do the required maintenance on them then you would not have problems. So with the maintenance cost and the dock fees it defiently would be lower than a house payment and cost.

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          • #6
            If you're looking for something with all the mod-cons, which I'm assuming you would be if you were considering living in it, you would be looking more at £60,000+.

            You can get something for around the £30,000 mark, though you will be seriously compromising on space and 'luxuries'.

            The maintenance and docking fees will amount to considerably less than the equivalent for a land-based house, though it would be foolish to consider this the ideal solution for a first time buyer. Those looking to have families will struggle for space, hence why a vast proportion of house boat owners are retirement age or at least have grown up children that have flown the nest.

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            • #7
              I lived on a houseboat in Manhattan, of all places, for six months. I rented because I wanted to see if I would like it. I did like it but one winter onboard cured me of thinking of one as a year round living accomodation. I thought Scotland was cold but that was cold!

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              • #8
                It would be impossible to steal a proper houseboat really unless it gets towed away while you're asleep. In The Netherlands houseboats are popular but even though they are cheaper to buy than houses there are things to consider. Pests in teh summer (rats), and your boat will have to be checked over every year.

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                • #9
                  It's definitely a different kind of lifestyle ...and one I think you have to be really up for dealing with. There are too many things linked to 'land' that I love like gardens, dogs, and trees lol.

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                  • #10
                    Getting the houseboat checked over can also be a pretty costly, may I add. This should all be taken in to account with the price. It can be a pain and rather inconvenient as well.

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                    • #11
                      I wouldn't mind having one as a second home, but I can't image living in one permanently especially when I consider the weather over the last couple of days - from a heatwave to flooding and thunderstorms

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by brian View Post
                        Whoah - talk about being lateral in your choice.

                        It's an interesting idea, though - I figure maintenance is also going to be an issue. Also, danger of theft - one of my marketing clients lives by the River Hull, and although some of the residents originally had small leisure boats, gangs would come by at night and steal the motors!
                        wow, really? that's awful... having a houseboat is pretty interesting but i never considered really living in one, i mean having it as a primary home. it may be interesting having a small party in a houseboat or lounging there to have some quiet time, but anything beyond that sounds unthinkable to me.

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                        • #13
                          I like the idea. We once lived near a river and I like the presence of water around. But I don't feel I can live there for the rest of my life. UNLESS of course if I have an internet connection and computer where I can write and do my business online.

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                          • #14
                            Yup. There was a tv series on BBC, I think it was, about people really doing up houseboats. Gads, the money! But they were really cool looking places to live too.

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                            • #15
                              Do you have to pay property or anything, or can you just like live in it? :P
                              Don't know.. a House Boat doesn't seem the primary living quarters to me.

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