433 Sq. Ft. Tiny Houseboat in Portland, Oregon

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Photos by Art Grice

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Sleeping Loft

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Kitchen

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“This 433 square foot floating guest house is on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. It is used as a vacation retreat for the owner’s family and friends. The design makes the most of its limited space and uses various design techniques to create a feeling of spaciousness.” (source)

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  1. The big sister of this houseboat “tender” is on the architect’s site at the link Alex provided and it is to die for, although its size disqualifies it for this site. Russell Hamlet’s portfolio does have a wonderful 200sf office/guest room though that would make a good THPin, though, Alex, if it’s not already been featured.(2nd row, 3rd column on his projects page).

  2. I have often though about a houseboat but no one has ever gone into a cost breakout and I fear the slip and/or docking fees and maintenance costs. Anyone have any personal experience with houseboats that would be willing to talk about these line items in general / ballpark terms?

    1. Lisa, I lived on a 13′ x 46′ houseboat for a couple of years. It was a very inexpensive way to live. I have my boat at a very nice marina that is gated w/ 24 hr security. The slip (not covered) was $280.00/month and water was included. Electric was approximately $90.00/month and I paid $45.00/month for pump-out service. My boat has fiberglass hull so I had the hull cleaned and inspected every two years (350.00) and a good wash & wax every spring (250.00). A covered slip cost about twice as much per month. This is in Georgia, so the winters are fairly mild. The good things are no yard to mow, if I don’t like my neighbors, I can move to a different slip/dock/marina! It was great fun in the summer and it is quite & peaceful in the winter. I always told people that asked where I lived, that I lived in a gated community at the lake.

  3. Slip costs in the Portland area are not cheap; figure at least 1K a month just to ‘park’ it; which hooks you up to water, sewer and electricity, just like an RV park. There are real estate agents in Portland that specialize in houseboat sales and with an on line search, you could easily find them. The farther from downtown you get, the less the slip costs will be.

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