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Unique Houseboat with Floating Garden and Open Water Views

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Last updated: 07/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Sausalito house boat description

This jewel of a houseboat offers the perfect retreat space to get away and relax, to drink in the sunlight shimmering off the water that is a step away from your door. In this peacefulness, you will sleep like never before, rocked gently by the Bay and serenaded by the gentle sound of birdsong and halyards chiming in the marina across the way.

Situated on the quietest of the houseboat docks, this unique home is an actual boat; a historic WW2 Landing Craft cleverly converted, not a floating home on a flat concrete hull like other houseboats. So you will feel her move gently underfoot as you make yourself comfortable here. Her bright yellow walls, whitewashed wainscoting and cheerful Provencal fabrics make her feel like a floating Beach Cottage. Her surprisingly spacious open plan interior (she's 12 feet wide at the beam, and 35 feet long) is comfortably appointed with soft cream carpet, and warm wood floors. There is a cozy sleeping berth at the stern, with windows looking out across a gaily planted window box. Plenty of closet space behind crisp white canvas curtains.

The bathroom has a shower stall and basin, toilet etc (all plumbing and electricity aboard is just like a regular home, you don't need to 'pump the head'). The kitchen is remarkably roomy and equipped with everything you need to make yourself at home, whether brewing a simple cup of tea or creating dinner for four. All the china and glass are high quality owner's favorites. There are stocks of tea, olive oil, and other kitchen supplies so that you can just make yourself right at home. No need to buy up the grocery store before arriving.

The Main Cabin has stunning views across a quiet inlet of the Bay, and you can step right out of the Dutch door to the garden float, into another world. The plantings will make you think you are in England, while the proximity to diving cormorants, geese and ducks swimming by and curious seals surfacing just feet away will make you think you are IN the Discovery Channel.

You can dine in the boat, outside in the garden, or there is a community area at the top of your access ramp with dining table and chairs, plus benches, which you are welcome to use, and enjoy the beautiful sunset views of Mount Tamalpais. The neighbors are friendly and from all parts of the globe, so you will find yourself feeling at home within moments of arriving.

Sunbathe on the back deck on the luxury teak chaise lounge, curl up with a good book on the comfy built-in sofas, or wander the neighboring docks. Explore the extensive bicycle paths surrounding the houseboat community on the bike provided. Rent kayaks from the neighboring beach and explore your waterfront neighbourhood. Swimming Pool in Mill Valley (10 mins by bike) and a Gym at the end of the dock. Enjoy the numerous world class restaurants of Sausalito, many of which are in walking distance.

Across the street from our parking lot is the bus to San Francisco which is a 25 minute ride,or connect to the ferry, just a few minutes away in downtown Sausalito and take a 30 minute ferry ride across the Bay. Drive to the wine country in 30 minutes. Drive to Mill Valley (5 Mins) and up Mt. Tamalpais (15 mins). Muir Woods is 15 minutes away and Stinson Beach is about 1/2 hour away. For delicious pictures of our waterfront way of life, check out the Sausalito Gallery at the web address buoyantlife dot net

Please be aware that the maximum number of guests is two, and that the boat is not suitable for children. There is no smoking anywhere on the property, including outdoor space.
Keywords: Houseboat

Property Type

      • House Boat

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Non Smoking Only:

                Absolutely no smoking whatsoever, even outside on the floating dock....moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
              • Not Suitable For Children
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

              • Convertible bed(s)


              • Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                (Toaster Oven, not a full size oven, three ring gas stove top)...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave
              • Cooking Utensils


              • Linens Provided:

                organic cotton sheets, luxury spa towels...moreless

              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                yoga props and meditation cushion...moreless

              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board
              • Parking Off Street

              Other Amenities

                  • Large Floating Garden attached to boat,Bicycle,iPod docking station with ipod,Poetry Books,Local History Books,yoga mat, bolsters and blocks....moreless


                  • Music Library:

                    ipod docking station, with ipod for music selection...moreless

                  • Books


                  • Broadband Access
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Floating Garden deck, 12 feet by 12 feet with beautiful teak chaise and table...moreless


                      • Away From It All
                      • Historic
                      • Romantic

                      Location & View

                      • Mountain View
                      • Waterfront


                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Fishing
                      • Swimming
                      • Kayaking
                      • Hiking
                      • Sailing
                      • Tennis
                      • Cycling
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Boating
                      • Live Theater
                      • Restaurants
                      • Cinemas
                      • Museums
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Surfing


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                      from 4 traveler reviews
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                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      My Standard Rate
                      30 night min stay

                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Taxes Included


                      Refundable Security Deposit (against Damages) of $250 is required.

                      $100 Cleaning fee

                      No Children or Pets

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                      Last updated: 07/29/2014
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                      Car: Recommended


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2003

                      About the owner: I am originally from England - my friends call me Brit by the Bay. My business card says 'Coach:Muse:Freedom Finder' and I feel blessed to get paid to do work that I love. visit for more info

                      Why the Owner Chose Sausalito:
                      I fell in love with life on the waterfront here in this unique houseboat community when I was traveling through California, taking a sabbatical from my hectic life in London. And now I am lucky enough to live here full time. I love my little boat, and its history, which I am happy to share with you; she is a converted World War Two Landing Craft (although I don't think she actually saw action on the beaches of France - she seems in too good a condition for that!). Initially I rented her from her previous owner, Marta, who had lived aboard for almost thirty years. Marta and I became good friends - she was full of tales from the early days of people settling these docks. When Marta died I was able to buy the boat from her children and do some substantial upgrading, while keeping all the charm of the original intact.

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                      Speaks: english

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                      • view from the floating garden

                        view from the floating garden

                      • view thro Main Cabin to Garden Float

                        view thro Main Cabin to Garden Float

                      • exterior shot

                        exterior shot

                      • Main Cabin and Kitchen

                        Main Cabin and Kitchen

                      • Bedroom/Berth


                      • from the water

                        from the water

                      VRBO #246418

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                      This listing was first published here in 2009.

                      Date last modified - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

                      $3,500 per month (USD)

                      0 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 2

                      View calendar: Updated 07/29/14
                      Minimum stay: 30 nights
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