10 Houseboats for Every Budget

When summertime rolls around, people hit the water -- from swimming, sailing, and fishing to floating on a raft or in a canoe.

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When summertime rolls around, people hit the water -- from swimming, sailing, and fishing to floating on a raft or in a canoe. For thousands of Americans, however, the water is their year-round home.

Just how many is hard to say. As of 2012, there were 108,542 households with a full-time residence either on the road (in an RV or van) or on the water, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (Census doesn't break it down any further.) Some people live on sailboats or on houseboats with motors, giving them the flexibility to move from place to place at a moment’s notice. Others live in stationary floating homes, which sit on underwater foundations, in marina communities across the country -- simply to enjoy a merrily, merrily lifestyle with no yard and less stuff.

Disclaimer

NOTE: The listing price does not include the cost of a marina slip. All of the houseboats and floating homes featured in this slide show were for sale as of July 10, 2014.

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Andrea Browne Taylor
Contributing Editor

Browne Taylor joined Kiplinger in 2011 and was a channel editor for Kiplinger.com covering living and family finance topics. She previously worked at the Washington Post as a Web producer in the Style section and prior to that covered the Jobs, Cars and Real Estate sections. She earned a BA in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is Director of Member Services, at the National Association of Home Builders.