It's an idyllic life on a houseboat

Published online: May 20, 2010 News Sarah Sloan - Perth Sunday Times
Viewed 496 time(s)

Houseboats are an affordable housing alternative for people seeking a waterfront home as their permanent residence or holiday house.

Mandurah Boat Sales principal Lester Weston said houseboats were popular with people wanting an inexpensive holiday home or those who worked away, such as mine workers.

"The $700,000-plus apartments overlooking a marina are too expensive for most people, but a $200,000 'floating apartment' is affordable," Mr Weston said.

"Retirees, divorcees -- I've even had inquires from a young couple who couldn't afford a traditional house -- are discovering houseboats are an affordable way to own property."

Mr Weston said that while some people lived on their houseboats permanently, most boats were used as holiday homes.

"Having a houseboat somewhere like Mandurah, where the waterways are houseboat-friendly, is an easy getaway from Perth and much cheaper than buying one of the properties overlooking the water," he said.

"The Mandurah Ocean Marina has security checks each night, so your home is secure when you're not there.

"You can travel to the nearby islands and up and down the estuary."

To read more, visit

You May Also Be Interested In...

April 22, 2015

"Deck Out Dad" With West Marine's Newest Contest!

Great news, houseboaters—West Marine is launching another social media contest for one lucky dad out there to win a $500 Waterlife Makeover!
April 15, 2015

Houseboat Travels To Puerto Rico For New Christian Bale Movie

A 1960s River Queen houseboat is making the exciting trip to Puerto Rico to take part in a 20th Century Fox film called "The Deep Blue Good-by," starring Christian Bale.
April 08, 2015

A Beautiful And Tragic Show Of Love

In a brave display of courage and love, 74-year-old Everett McGowin dove into the swift, cold waters of the Fraser River near Vancouver, Canada, in an effort to save his wife...
April 03, 2015

66 Days At Sea

After being lost at seafor 66 days, Louis Jordan has been rescued 200 miles off the coast of South Carolina.
April 01, 2015

California Fishing-License Purchases Are Dropping

If fishing is your game, you might want to take the luring call of California lakes with a grain of salt.
Follow us on Facebook!   Follow us on Instagram!   Follow us on Pinterest!   Follow us on YouTube!