Where To Find Houseboats in Boston
A houseboat for sale in Charlestown has been getting a lot of local attention lately. It offers a roof patio, immaculate hardwood floors, and 700 square feet of unique waterfront living. This begs the question, are houseboats in demand in the greater Boston area?
The main difference between a regular traditional boat and a houseboat (by definition) is that houseboats are not motorized. They are intended for dwelling and stationed at a particular point. Often their docks are tethered to a main body of land in order to provide proper utilities. This is a key differentiator to a yacht. Aside from being more luxurious, a yacht is more of a vessel and does contain a motor. In contrast, a houseboat is often described simply as a “floating house.”
Though houseboats are particularly common in certain areas of Europe, there are only a few regions of the United States where you can find large communities of houseboats where residents are in place all year-round. Seattle, Portland, Northern Virginia, and along certain lakes in the Midwest are the most common houseboat spots.
Renting houseboats for a short term or for vacation is much more common, however. With summer vacation starting in New England, let’s take a look at a few areas where you can explore houseboats.
Vacation rental marketplace VRBO has five options listed under the Boston houseboat section. They average about $330 per night. Each offers one bedroom and one bathroom. Furthermore, some of them can accommodate up to six people.
Bed and Breakfast
The Green Turtle calls themselves a “floating bed and breakfast.” This, too, is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Moreover, you can take a water taxi right to it. It offers two different luxury suites. Each has its own bathroom and sleeps two people. There is still limited availability for this summer, at about $342 per night.
In addition, there are other quaint areas right outside of Boston to check out houseboats. In fact, Woods Hole on Cape Cod (Falmouth) has been notorious for its old-fashioned collection of houseboats.
Finally, if you are still looking for a unique summer vacation option in the Boston area (or have $415k you’re looking to invest), there are houseboats that you can enjoy.