I am thinking….ummm…. YES PLEASE! Check out these pictures I took while out in Victoria BC (which, btw, is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to on the West Coast!) I highly recommend you dropping by some time – esp. if you’re looking for someplace romantic. Just don’t go with your parents like I did in that case ;)
But anyways, yes – back to the house boats. I about died when I saw these! They’re so fun and charming and minimalist all wrapped into one! How awesome would it be to say you’re living on a BOAT? Which is a HOUSE? Which is a killer bachelor pad and/or place to live out a totally unique experience?! (answer: VERY)
I’m not joking, I seriously contemplated calling up the realtor of one of these guys (3 were FOR SALE!!!) to help prepare my presentation for Mrs. BudgetsAreSexy (who wasn’t on our trip). Guess how much they cost there? $200-$350k!!! A steal considering you could get half a condo – if you’re lucky – for that here in DC ;)
Then, of course, reality set in.
- How the hell could I live in Canada? My job is in DC as with all my friends & family!
- The Mrs. gets motion sickness you FOOL!!! (you would I would have stopped here)
- How on earth do you maintain a houseboat? Both “You” in the general sense, and also “YOU” as in J. Money, as in the guy who can barely take care of his own townhouse?
- And lastly, could you REALLY take all those tourists poking through your windows and taking pictures all over the place of your beloved home?
- And lastly, lastly (sorry, forgot about this one) – can you live off of only 30 amps of electricity?
Many many questions were popping up the second I really started considering this. Some I had answers for (#1 – I couldn’t live in Canada at this very moment, but I could move to Annapolis MD which has house boats! And #3, yeah I could deal with that – just need to put up curtains when I’m feeling shy), and others I did not (#2 – think this stops it dead in its tracks, and #5 – no idea how much 30 amps gives you. maybe a tv and a light at the same time?)
But I’d like to think that if you really truly want something in life, you can make it happen. It may no be today or next month, or even the next 10 years (like my plan to become a millionaire!) but anything is doable if you put some passion and cajones behind it. And if it makes sense.
So unfortunately, as much as I’d absolutely LOVE to live on one of these guys right now, it’s the “making sense” part that’s gonna keep me from it. Which kinda makes me sad :( I like living in the world of “doing whatever you want” w/out thinking of the consequences! It’s like high school and college all over again. Big dreamers who were too naive to see the downfalls! I miss that part of the old me… Then again, that guy had a constant flow of $0.00 in the bank at all times ;)
But just because I’m passing on this chance right now doesn’t mean you have to! Who else is interested in living like Sleepless in Seattle? Anyone out there actually making me jealous and DOING it? I want to know! Maybe we can all pitch in and buy one together :)
PS: Check out these other crazy lookin’ houseboats… insane