Here’s What It Costs to Buy a Houseboat, Coast to Coast

updated May 2, 2020
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There’s something magical about the idea of living on a houseboat. Unlike other types of mobile homes, houseboats gently rock side to side, lightly bob up and down. They can float from dock to dock, effectively switching up its version of coastal scenery whenever you’d like. And yet on the inside, these buoyant dwellings maintain that same unchanging nautical charm.

On days when you’re holed up at home, it’s certainly appealing to imagine your whole house drifting from place to place. For those who’d like to convert those dreams to reality, we did some of the heavy lifting for you. By combing through Boat Trader listings on the East and West coasts, we found real houseboats for sale so you can see what’s out there—and see how much they cost. Maybe you’ll find one to drop anchor (or set sail) in.

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Price: $499,900
Year built: 1982
Length: 79 feet

For city dwellers in search of an escape, this spacious house barge for sale in the town of Haverstraw, N.Y. is just the ticket. The self-propelled riverboat was custom-made for the owner of Aflac Insurance in 1982, and is dripping in luxurious details. The place counts three staterooms, a salon, a large galley, a library, a laundry room, a dinette, and an upper deck with a hot tub. It really spares no expense, offering a grand piano, a projector screen, cast-iron fireplaces, and coffered ceilings. Take a peek inside here.

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Price: $299,000
Year built: 2005
Length: 70 feet

This impressive house boat has a slide off the back. Need we say more? Currently docked at Delta Marine Yacht Center in Stockton, Calif., just over an hour from San Francisco Bay, this Sumerset for sale offers a new hot tub, cedar lined closets, a stereo system, and a jet ski ramp. It’s been kept in mint condition since it was built in 2005, and has been recently refurbished. See the boat here.

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Price: $395,000
Year built: 1912
Length: 76 feet

Docked in the sleepy fishing village of Fairhaven, Mass., this historical houseboat named “Tapestry” is indeed a rich and varied vessel. The boat has a steel hull and a charming weathered shingle exterior, plus an airy deck that’s perfect for dining al fresco. The multi-level home features stately wood paneling, not to mention a dishwasher, air conditioner, and washing machine. Behold all its glory here.

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Price: $299,000
Year built: 2017
Length: 48 feet

A bit more compact than other houseboats on the market right now, this 48-foot Chesapeake stationed in Delaware was built in 2017. The boat has a fiberglass hull, as well as an upper-level bedroom, sunroom, and bath. It’s surprisingly spacious on the inside, and boasts modern appointments like double vanities in the master bathroom and a roomy home office. Check it out here.

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Price: $277,800
Year built: 2005
Length: 78 feet

Ah, to be docked on a lake in Paradise. Paradise, California, that is. This houseboat circa 2005 has done the work of coming up with a quirky name for you. “Knot Fun” offers a sunny deck with an outdoor wet bar, a spacious living and dining area, as well as bathroom with a standup shower. The aluminum-hulled beaut is poised to let the good times roll. Envision yourself inside here.