As housing prices soar and rents continue to be expensive, more and more people are looking at alternative dwellings and living arrangements. Nowhere is this happening more than in London.
Many people in the city are taking to the canals and waterways and dropping anchor and finding new homes in houseboats.
We at Peach are no strangers to this rising interest in houseboats and barges, so we decided to show 8 reasons why someone should live in a houseboat in East London.
Houseboats are cheaper than traditional homes
As you may expect, houseboats are significantly cheaper than the average house price in London.
Current figures list house prices in East London at around £600,000, whilst the average price of a canal boat (the most popular form of floating home) is between £60,000-£100,000, according to the National Association of Boat Owners (NABO).
And, if you are buying, it’s best to look for one that comes with a mooring as they are very limited in London.
Live in a great area
Houseboat living lets you live in some of the most coveted postcodes in London. A barge or houseboat can be bought or rented for a fraction of a similar sized flats and houses in the same area.
There are some wonderful areas in London which have mooring spots. Little Venice is a prime location to live. Close to Warwick Avenue Tube station, excellent restaurants and home to beautiful Regency period homes, this scenic part of London’s waterways is a great place to moor your houseboat.
Another great area is Limehouse Basin is a well-connected marina in East London. The DLR Tube station gets you to Bank or Canary Wharf in ten minutes. The Thames is on your doorstep with some brilliant pubs, and restaurants on the river.
Residential moorings are in short supply but speak to a Peach agent to discover some great places for your floating accommodation.
Freedom to move your home
Unlike regular static brick and mortar homes, a houseboat can, of course, sail away. With several mooring locations up and down the city’s canals and waterways, you’ll always find somewhere appealing to call home.
Don’t like your neighbours? Then just set sail and find new ones.
Community spirit of boaters
It can seem that London is quite an anonymous city, but this is not across the board. All you have to do is climb aboard a barge and take to the canals and you’ll soon discover the huge houseboat community.
Sophie Dundovic and Ollie Spragg are renters sharing a boat in Hackney. For them the best part about living on a houseboat is “the people, we live among a lovely community of students, professionals including a photographer, a chiropractor, as well as retired couples.”
Wonderfully friendly, welcoming and always willing to lend a hand, the spirt of boaters will have you always feeling at home.
Nothing says ‘adventure’ more than taking a riverboat cruise. With a houseboat it needn’t be just a once a year holiday, but a weekly trip if you like.
Not only are London’s canals vast but they can take you out of the city and across Britain. The freedom a houseboat gives you is incomparable.
Even if you choose a houseboat with permanent moorings your home will still feel carefree.
Learning new skills
As a houseboat dweller, there are completely different household chores than with a regular brick home. You’ll of course need to master driving and docking a boat, sourcing and refilling fuel to name a few.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of these you’ll feel very accomplished.
Friends and family will want to visit
After the inevitable ‘isn’t it cold in winter?’ the next question friends and family will ask is ‘when can I stay?’.
Your free time will soon be booked with your nearest and dearest all clambering to have a free boat holiday with you. It’s a two-way street and they can help muck in with the daily chores of running a houseboat. It’s all part of the fun!
Change your house without planning permission
One of the best things about houseboat living is that, unlike a fixed property you don’t require planning permission.
If you don’t like the colour of your boat you can change it. If you want to add an extension to your dwelling you don’t have to wait weeks or months for planning permission.
You can go right ahead with any improvements and renovations that will help turn your houseboat into a home.
Choosing to live on a houseboat may be the best decision you make. Quirky, freeing and affordable, a barge or canal boat may be the ideal type of accommodation in London for you.
To find out more about houseboat prices, locations and moorings contact Peach today or drop by for a chat.