Houseboats for Sale: The Life Aquatic

Last Updated Jun 21, 2011 12:25 PM EDT

I'm off to Amsterdam today, to walk the canals, take the Heineken factory tour, and observe life on the water. When I was in college, I spent the summer between Junior and Senior year traveling about (after spending a year in North Wales, near where Prince William and his lovely Kate now reside) and when I got to Amsterdam, I spent a few nights on a houseboat hotel. It was damp but cheap, and I loved being on the water.

Whether it's for a vacation, a getaway or retirement, many people love being close to the water. Waterfront property is dramatically more expensive than property just a few blocks away. And just imagine what it would be like to live right on top of the waves. Houseboats, for many, are not summer homes or something to be rented for a vacation outing, but rather a way of life.

(The houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle. Photo by Brian Teutsch)

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