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5 Awesome Houseboats

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.

Three-Story Houseboat

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This 4,000 square foot multi-level home is the largest of the 400-500 houseboats in Sausalito. If the remarkable roof deck views aren’t getting them close enough to the water, the home’s owners can launch their kayaks straight from the second-level living room at high tide. An indoor atrium filled with plants stretches all three floors of this on-the-water mansion.

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Watervilla De Hoef

Watervilla De Hoef

This beauty from the Netherlands, floats on a foam and concrete base that can be made to support a garage, lawn or even street. Designed by renowned Dutch firm Waterstudio, the abode was essentially slid into a notch cut out of the canal bank in an existing suburban neighborhood
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Lake Union Floating Home

Lake Union Floating Home

Parked on Lake Union in Seattle, this $3.45 million dollar masterpiece uses multiple surface materials and several recessed decks to create a visually interesting exterior. Inside, a translucent stair tower seamlessly connects the two levels and serves as a focal point. A rooftop deck with panoramic views of the city is reached by another cool, circular stairway.

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Car Ferry Houseboat

Car Ferry Houseboat

Architect Olle Lundberg salvaged an Icelandic car ferry to create this one-of-a-kind residence. A loft-like living room and bedroom now stand on a sunny deck once filled with cars and trucks. Lundberg installed a glass garage door that accentuates the extremely high ceilings and adds to the home’s industrial feel. While currently docked at Pier 54 in San Francisco, this masterpiece can move.

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Watervilla IJburg

Watervilla IJburg

Another Waterstudio construction, this split-level, three-story houseboat in a residential area east of Amsterdam has simple lines that create a clean, distinct shape. Large vertical windows and a roof terrace offer fantastic views of the surrounding area.

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