Houseboat Living Communities

by Nada

Houseboat Communities - living in a houseboat community

Houseboat Communities - living in a houseboat community

Where can we find a list of locations of real liveaboard communities? We would like to buy a boat & live near others who have done the same. We wish we could find a community on a lake or river with boats like the ones on the coasts of the US. We have just begun to learn the vocabulary. Who knows where this will lead us?

Thanks, Nada from TN

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Hi Nada, welcome to the houseboat forums.

There are plenty of houseboats throughout the US. Some allow full-time living, others have limited durations.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their related houseboat community experiences and tips.

Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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It's great. Charles

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For DONNA - Houseboat Living Aboard Communities
by: Cali Girl

Donna...I just saw your post on this page RE:Living Aboard Communities in the West. I visited my brother in Long Beach, WA last year. I stayed with a friend in West Lyn, Oregon and drove over the Columbia River into Astoria, Ore. on my way to Long Beach.

I discovered that there were SEVERAL HOUSEBOATS on the Columbia River, as well as the John Day River. I have done some research on RENTALS, and found some to be only $150.00 a night with a 2 night minimum~QUITE REASONABLE, really.

You might want to research it further to see if it would be to your liking. Just wanted to share! HAPPY HUNTING!

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by: Anonymous

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MANY homes or condos available at Lake of the Ozarks.....8000 condos currently....40 "on the water" restaurants/bars....lake is 100+ miles long.....more shoreline than the coast of California....many golf courses....110 store outlet mall......and MUCHHHHH more reasonable cost of living than the "coasts" Just a thought....

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Capt. Jim

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Houseboat Liveaboard Communities
by: donna

In regards to houseboat liveaboard communities, this sounds just like my husband and I. We have been looking for a lake or river in the west but haven't really known where to start. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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