Sausalito houseboat market: Tides of history, community

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In the serene waters of Waldo Point Harbor, Sausalito’s eclectic houseboat community enjoys everything from impromptu float-in concert performances by local musicians to informal fresh fish or ceviche sales from commercial fishermen—all set to the ever-present cries of seagulls and the gentle lapping of waves.

Among the 400-plus floating homes along the marinas’ docks are luxurious multilevel vessels with sweeping water views, decks hovering just above Richardson Bay’s surface and price tags surpassing $1 million. It’s a far cry from the community’s counterculture roots in the 1960s when artists and writers, tinkerers and other fringe-dwellers claimed abandoned wartime ships as alternative living spaces.

On a recent Sunday, The Standard checked out some rare open-house showings. At least half a dozen floating homes are currently listed for sale. The least expensive is the LSD (for “Landing Ship Dock”), a 300-square-foot, $425,000 two-loft one-office home atop a concrete barge on the Main Dock. The priciest is the Sea La Vie, a 1,728-square-foot, $1,795,000 two-story floating home at the end of Gate 6½ Road. The Sea La Vie boasts four decks, three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a hot tub.



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