Not far from Mount Tamalpais, a small pier leads to this houseboat bobbing along the edge of the bay. Over the years, dozens of residents have made their home along the water's edge forming a miniature floating community. The best is when your neighbor invites you to open a bottle of wine on their back deck.
Some of the biggest memories come from the smallest places. Barely one square mile large, Friday Harbor is tucked away on an island in the very northwest corner of Washington. Venture out from your floating home for some fresh goodies from the Saturday farmers market. Fill your tote bag with veggies, a freshly baked baguette, and a bouquet of flowers before strolling back along the marina. Home is just a pier away.
What if you could actually live ON the water? That’s exactly the kind of 24/7 perk you can expect if you live in Portland’s floating-home community. Connected with a network of docks and waterways, many people who live in this neighborhood walk or boat to work in the morning. In the evening, slip back into your kayak and paddle home through your own backyard.
If you’re ever in the Westlake neighborhood on Lake Union, keep an eye out for Seaweed. The colorful houseboat is located in the same floating community as Tom Hanks’ famous “Sleepless in Seattle” residence. Hosting over 507 floating homes, this Seattle area belongs to those who feel called by the sea.