taking the plunge on houseboat living
\"The appeal of this lifestyle has really disappeared in the past few years.
The Boathouse can offer the same space as the apartment and has a quiet waterside location, which is usually an interesting option for many buyers, \"said Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, a realtor.
\"Usually, they are much cheaper than apartments of the same size, and they are becoming more and more popular with the prospect of wildlife and tranquility-especially among families and young professionals.
\"About 10,000 people live in 100-
There are miles of canals in London alone, but the number of berthing has not kept up with demand.
According to a recent report by the London parliament, the lack of supply has led to \"overcrowded hot spots,\" which calls for the Canal and River Trust (CRT)
Increase the number of berthing.
But if you can find a water berth, what do you need to know before you give up the bricks and mortar?
The first option is to park permanently or to light and cruise on a waterway.
Julia Jacks of the residential Ship Owners Association (RBOA)
Said: \"A ship with an engine, designed for cruising, you can live on it --
Time, known as a residential boat or life-aboard.
This could be any ship-a converted fishing boat, Dutch barge, retired lifeboat, narrow boat, front
You are talking about the tanker, the variety is unlimited.
If you want the safety of a fully fixed residence, there are also custom static shipsbuilt for full-
Time to stay in a place.
There is more space on the Thames, these boathouse can be a giant structure built on a rectangular hull or a floating bridge, but you will find it smaller and more flat
Like ships on other waterways.
Water, mains, telephone and broadband are connected.
Bottled gas is provided.
Like a car, prices vary depending on the condition and size of the ship, ranging from hundreds to thousands.
However, the price of the houseboat that is permanently moored will reflect the value of the local property and the value of the property that is moored, whether leased or owned.
You can find ships for sale in trade magazines or newspapers, such as the world of waterways and Towpath Talk, the ship show and the boat yard, or outside the Apollo duck house and ship.
As a continuous cruiser, you will need permission from the waterway authority wherever you go.
This is CRT for most waterways, but with independent owners, it is UNEP or Port Authority London for the Thames, while the Broads Authority hosts East Anglia.
You need a certificate of safety on board (
About 150)and insurance (
The price of a small river cruiser can range from 100 to 500).
How long you can park in one place will be limited-for example, in the Canal and River Trust waters, you can stay for up to 14 days.
If you live here, it can be very expensive.
Just like the leased property, the berths are either purchased for a specified number of years or purchased as a rolling permit.
The cost will depend on the size, facilities and area of the ship, and London is usually the most expensive.
In London, costs could rise from £ 1,000 a year to £ 12,000 a year. One sought-
The Stop Point in London is the Winlock Basin, near the Islington Angel near the Regent\'s Canal. Emma Felder of Fyfe Mcdade, a boutique property agent, sold some narrow boats in this private basin.
\"The cost of parking is around £ 1,350 per quarter, which includes maintaining the basin and using its facilities, including safety, public areas and garbage collection,\" she said . \".
\"When you consider the current price of the apartment in the area ,[is]
Over £ 500,000, this is an effective way to enjoy life by the water and is also the central location of the budget.
\"You will often find berthing on ships for sale, and the value of the boathouse usually reflects the number of years remaining.
Riverhomes, for example, is selling a five
One year berthing near Kew Bridge with-
75,000 bedroom narrow boat.
On the other end of the balance, it has a 1 pound. 85m four-
Bedroom boat house with 45-
Moored for a year near Putney, with its own underground parking space, access to the pool and gym.
The owner who is permanently moored must also consider the council tax (
The cheapest band though)
, Operating costs and vessel maintenance.
The high street bank has avoided many people using cash to buy loans for canal boats, although HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland have specialized departments to handle loans for engine-free yachts.
There are professional marine finance companies like RoyScot and Collidge, and some partners, if your bank doesn\'t want to, but the interest rate is higher, the loan period is shorter than the standard residential mortgage-you usually need a deposit of 25 cents and repay the loan within 10 or 15 years.
The message for everyone who has tasted the life of a river boat is that you have to commit to it.
You get less protection than ordinary tenants, because yachts are not legally considered home, so you don\'t have specific safeguards from bad landlords and unfair leases.