FSBO/House Tour: Mia's Floating Oasis

FSBO/House Tour: Mia's Floating Oasis

leslie
Dec 4, 2007
(We're re-posting this today because Mia's preparing to start a land-based life. She's looking for a serious buyer for her lovely floating cottage, and so has reduced the price substantially. We're actually surprised it hasn't sold -- where else in the Bay Area could you find such a great home for this price?) Name: Mia Location: Redwood City, California Size: 36 feet (700 sq. ft.?) Years lived in: 5 Price: $125,000 $85,000 (with possible owner financing) Eight or nine years ago Mia bought a World War II transport vessel, gutted it, and spent two years making it into a floating oasis. There's cunningly placed storage everywhere, and lots of mirrors for reflecting light (there's even one that can cover the porthole in the door -- it's one of the things we remember from when the boat was on one of the first Small Space Big Style episodes a few years ago). A designer, Mia's now selling her tranquil home and starting a life on land with her beau. We've visited several times, and can attest to the floating cottage's ability to make you instantly feel calm and at home. Email Mia at: designmpf (at) yahoo (dot) com. My style: Whimsical, eclectic The inspiration for my home: Pirate ship/zen bedroom Favorite element: Being in the water! Biggest challenge in designing my home: Small space What friends say about my home: Wow! Tranquil and fun Biggest embarrassment in my home: None Proudest DIY: Everything. Painted floors, overall design, space management Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: Bathroom mosaic tile Best advice given or received: Small spaces are great Resources: Mia's one of those people who can find treasures at flea markets, salvage yards, thrift stores, and even places like TJMaxx. Hardware: Antique hardware on an old daybed and antique cabinets Furniture: All built-in since it is a small space, and a moving boat! Paint: All white in bedroom for a clean, crisp feel Yellow in main room goes with "old world" decor Flooring: Handpainted hardwood floors Checkerboard is classic and whimsical Tiles and Stone: Pale green Italian tumbled mosaic marble tiles in the bathroom reminds me of sea glass (it's from a store that's since closed) Window Treatments: Woven grass in bedroom Beds: Built-in queen with storage Thanks, Mia!
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(Edited from a post originally published 09.20.07)
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