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5 Awesome Houseboats

other 5 Awesome Houseboats

Once just barges with a bathroom and bed, houseboats and floating homes have received a serious upgrade. Gorgeous domiciles owned by the affluent now offer all the comforts of a traditional home with a sweet on-the-water address. With a third of their country below sea level, The Netherlands leads the houseboat charge with ultra-modern, prefab designs that are being exported across the globe. Check out these Dutch abodes, along with an eclectic mix of other high-sea homes in our houseboat slideshow.

Lusatian Lake District Houseboat

Lusatian Lake District Houseboat

Designed with the shape of a sail in mind, the curved roof of this prefab houseboat gives the home a super modish look. Made to blend seamlessly with the water, a sleek aluminum shell covers a mostly-steel body. Large windows, multiple skylights and a sun deck roof terrace result in loads of light.

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Houseboat Inspired by Nature

Houseboat Inspired by Nature

The distinctively curved shape of this Portland houseboat is meant to mimic the bends of the Columbia River on which is sits. A sliding door within the expansive glass façade allows access to the deck. The exposed beam ceilings create patterns of light that change throughout the day and with the seasons.

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Remodeled Seattle Houseboat

Remodeled Seattle Houseboat

Once a dilapidated residence, this 840 –square-foot compact home is now an entertainer’s dream with light, open spaces that flow perfectly and a large roof deck with views of the Cascade Mountains. The steel, cedar and concrete materials used in construction were designed to weather so that the new houseboat will blend in with the old industrial waterfront. Though completely made over, the home retained two original floats, one of which can be seen through a window in the floor.

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Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat

Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat

While you may not recognize this house, we bet your girlfriend would. Featured in the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan classic Sleepless in Seattle, this charming 2,075-square-foot, four-bedroom home on Lake Union has a 360-degree wrap-around deck that offers awesome views of both the water and city.

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Watervilla De Omval

Watervilla De Omval

Floating on the Amstel River in Amsterdam, this ultra modern 2,100 square foot houseboat has an open floor plan with panoramic views from almost any spot inside. The white walls and ceiling follow the streamlined aluminum facade creating a smooth transition from outside to inside.

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