Unique Houseboat with Floating Garden and Open Water Views

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sunset stillness- captured on my iphone- no filters!


Last updated: 09/15/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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 BOAT OR THE OUTSIDE DECK AND DOCK AREAS.
Please note that Waldo Point Harbor lease does not allow rentals of less than 30 days.

If you are interested in making a booking, please write telling me a little about yourself and what you are looking for in your stay and I can let you know whether the boat is likely to be a good fit e.g. the boat is not suitable for people with mobility issues (steep ramp at low tide) or those suffering from motion sickness. I do this out of respect for my neighbours- We are a quiet community of long term permanent residents. Thank you for understanding and I look forward to talking with you.
Keywords: Houseboat

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Property Type

  • House Boat

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only:

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

  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Convertible bed(s)


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

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

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


  • Books
  • Music Library:

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


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area


  • Broadband Access
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    yoga props and meditation cushion...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    organic cotton sheets, luxury spa towels...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen:

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

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio:

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



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Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • cleaning $100


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

$100 Cleaning fee

No Children or Pets

No Smoking anywhere on the property or environs

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 09/15/2016
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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.

Why the Owner Chose Sausalito, CA, USA:
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. I live with my husband on a nearby dock, and on a sunlit morning when he drops me off here by Boston Whaler, to write, putter in the garden and daydream on the chaiselounge, my heart is filled with gratitude for this extraordinary gift of a floating life- it's a far cry from the chilly north of England where I was born!

The Unique Benefits at this House Boat:
Among all the houseboats here in the community, the floating garden that I have created here, and the wide open water view is unique. To sunbathe on the chaise with a good book, or to curl up there with a cosy blankie and a glass of wine and watch the moon rise over Angel Island and the Forest of Masts (that's my name for the marina in the distance) is to enter another world. In the distance is the historic steamer Vallejo, where Alan Watts lived (British writer/teacher- among the first to bring zen teachings from East to West in 50s and 60s) and you can see the pilot house in which he did all his writing). And the gentle rocking of the boat is so soothing- all the modern houseboats are built up on a concrete hull, so you don't get that feeling, and you are further from the water surface - there are only 4 boats left in our community in this original condition.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • sunset stillness- captured on my iphone- no filters!

    sunset stillness- captured on my iphone- no filters!

  • writing desk inspiration

    writing desk inspiration

  • Bedroom/Berth


  • view from the stern

    view from the stern

  • from the water

    from the water

  • my illustrious, beautifully restored neighbor

    my illustrious, beautifully restored neighbor

  • curious geese

    curious geese

  • the neighborhood

    the neighborhood

  • Main Cabin and Kitchen

    Main Cabin and Kitchen

  • view thru Main Cabin to Garden Float

    view thru Main Cabin to Garden Float

  • couches make into an extra bed, with killer view

    couches make into an extra bed, with killer view

  • view from the floating garden

    view from the floating garden

  • exterior shot

    exterior shot

  • garden sprites

    garden sprites

VRBO #246418

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Saturday, October 22, 2016

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