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Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum: Four Houseboats to Call Home

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What's better than just being outdoors in the Bay Area? Living on the Bay, silly! Today we bring you four houseboats to call home in Sausalito -- whether for good or just for a night.

Our first model is basic and beginner. For $279,000, you get a 1-bed, 1-bath recently remodeled floating home, complete with roof deck and glass sun room. Your berth at the dock (houseboat version of HOA) costs $840 per month, but includes water, garbage, and two parking spots. Your dock neighborhood is filled with greenery and potted plants, and looks like it's probably a pretty cozy crew.

One step up from basic is this 3-bed, 2-bath for $549,000. On the northern end of the Sasualito houseboat community, this home features high ceilings and multiple levels. Our favorite feature is the "shower for two" in the master bath, making us think this might be more of a swingers' dock than the others. Berth costs are $691 per month, including water, garbage, and park maintenance, but also prohibiting dogs. No water-loving Labrador for you here.

On the luxury end of the spectrum is a 4-bed, 3.5 bath floating home for $1,150,000. Touted as an ultimate America's Cup Experience, it features your own hot tub as well as two fireplaces to cozy up at the end of a long day of being fabulous. If you're not quite ready to commit to life on the docks, we also found this property on airbnb (with much better photos) for $425 per night.

Lastly, another houseboat vacation rental, for those not quite ready to become attached to a million-dollar-floater. This home can fit up to four and has features all sorts of fun quirks designed to make a small space work. It's probably technically a 1-bed with another bed hiding in an alcove behind the TV, not to mention that the shower is in the kitchen. Nightly rates start at $80 for one person sharing and go to $300 for four people taking over the whole place.
· 10 Issaquah Dock [Redfin]
· 17 Gate 6 1/2 Road [Redfin]
· 27 E Pier [Redfin]
· Sausalito Floating Home (Houseboat) [airbnb]
· San Francisco / Sausalito Houseboat [airbnb]