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50 Floating Home Ideas from Around the World (Photos)

50 floating home ideas and designs in Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and elsewhere in the World. Washington, Oregon and British Columbia are the floating home hotspots. Photo gallery here.
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Large modern floating homes in False Creek, Vancouver B.C.

Floating homes in North America are typically found in the Northwest – Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.  In Europe, floating homes are canal boats or houseboats, although as you’ll see below, Sweden and Denmark have floating homes that aren’t boats.  In the Northwest, floating homes are regular home structures on floating raft-like platforms.

Many floating houses are an eclectic style incorporating bright color schemes and unusual home designs – but then they’re unusual to start with given they float.  Most floating houses are situated in floating home communities connected with a network of docks and waterways.  Many people who live in such homes walk or boat to work in the downtown area in which the homes are typically located.

Our picture gallery features floating homes in Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Victoria and other places.

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Seattle Floating Homes

Magnificent floating home on Lake Union, Seattle, WA designed by Designs Northwest Architects.

Magnificent floating home on Lake Union, Seattle, WA designed by Designs Northwest Architects. See the entire house (inside and out) here.

Floating homes in Seattle, Washington. The Home on the left was in the movie Sleepless in Seattle

Floating homes in Seattle, Washington. The Home on the left was in the movie Sleepless in Seattle


Close-up of the floating home in Seattle that was featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle

Close-up of the floating home in Seattle that was featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle.

Large floating homes on Lake Union in Seattle, WA

Large floating homes on Lake Union in Seattle, WA

Floating homes in Portage Bay, Seattle, WA

Floating homes in Portage Bay, Seattle, WA. Source: Wonderlane


Large 2-story floating home in Seattle, Washington.

Large 2-story floating home in Seattle, Washington. Source: Jeff Croft

Contemporary floating homes in Seattle, WA

Contemporary floating homes in Seattle, WA. Source: KeithBurtis

Floating homes under a bridge in Seattle, Washington

Floating homes under a bridge in Seattle, Washington. Source: Zachary Chant

Floating home neighborhood in Lake Washington, WA

Floating home neighborhood in Lake Washington, WA. Source: hairryeggg


Floating houses in Lake Union, Washington State

Floating houses in Lake Union, Washington State. Source: Cliff1066

 

Portland Floating Homes

Minimal landscaping needs can be another selling point for those looking for a veritable ‘home on the sea’.

Houseboats along the waterfront in Portland, Oregon

Floating home neighborhood in Portland, Oregon

Floating home neighborhood in Portland, Oregon

Floating homes in Portland, OR

Floating homes in Portland, OR. Homes have slide off boat dock.

2-story green floating home in Portland, Oregon

2-story green floating home in Portland, Oregon

West Coast contemporary floating home with dock and boat in Portland, Oregon

West Coast contemporary floating home with dock and boat in Portland, Oregon


 

Vancouver Floating Homes

Vancouver is also home to a great many beach homes.

“Waterfront living on a red floating home at Granville Island, Vancouver, BC”

 

Floating homes next to Granville Island in False Creek, Vancouver, British Columbia

Floating homes next to Granville Island in False Creek, Vancouver, British Columbia. Source: Manny Hernandez

Luxury floating homes in False Creek in Vancouver, B.C.

Luxury floating homes in False Creek in Vancouver, B.C. Source: Lisa Beach650

 

Granville Island floating house neighborhood with water taxi

Granville Island floating house neighborhood with water taxi. Source: Sherwood411

West Coast floating house in False Creek downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

West Coast floating house in False Creek downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

Floating homes in False Creek, Vancouver, BC with water taxi

Floating homes in False Creek, Vancouver, BC with water taxi. Source: Curtis Cronn


Floating home in Coal Harbor, downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

Floating home in Coal Harbor, downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

 

Victoria Floating Homes

Take note of the unusual architecture and color schemes of these incredible homes.

Floating Home Village at the Inner Harbor, Victoria, British Columbia.

Picture of a row of floating homes in Victoria, British Columbia

Picture of a row of floating homes in Victoria, British Columbia

Picture of 2 floating homes each with distinct design styles in Victoria, British Columbia

Picture of 2 floating homes each with distinct design styles in Victoria, British Columbia

Floating houses at Fisherman's Warf - Inner Harbor in Victoria, BC

Floating houses at Fisherman’s Warf – Inner Harbor in Victoria, BC

Floating houses at the edge of a floating home community in the Inner Harbor, Victoria, B.C.

Floating houses at the edge of a floating home community in the Inner Harbor, Victoria, B.C.


2 story green floating house at Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria, BC

2 story green floating house at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, BC

Blue 2 story floating home with upper-level sun deck in Victoria, BC (inner harbor)

Blue 2 story floating home with upper-level sun deck in Victoria, BC (inner harbor)

Floating houses in Victoria, British Columbia

Floating houses in Victoria, British Columbia

Eclectic green floating home in Victoria, BC

Eclectic green floating home in Victoria, BC. Source: Holly BehemianDolls

2-story house boat with multiple decks in Victoria, B.C.

2-story house boat with multiple decks in Victoria, B.C. Source: Andrew Moor

Floating house neighborhood in Victoria, BC

Floating house neighborhood in Victoria, BC. Source: Jerry Bowley

Floating homes in Victoria, British Columbia

Floating homes in Victoria, British Columbia. Source: Jerry Bowley

Photo of a floating house neighborhood in Vicotria, BC

Photo of a floating house neighborhood in Vicotria, BC

Europe

There are many floating homes throughout Europe.  Here are a few examples.

Netherlands

Floating home "villa" by Framework Architects + Studio Prototype

Floating home “villa” by Framework Architects + Studio Prototype. This is a huge floating house and is stunning. See more of this house here.

Czech Republic

Floating home by Milan Řídký is located in Marina Vltava, Nelahozeves, Czech Republic

Floating home by Milan Řídký, located in Marina Vltava, Nelahozeves, Czech Republic.  See the inside of this boat here.

Sweden

Houseboats in Malmö, Sweden

Houseboats in Malmö, Sweden

Denmark

Houseboats in Sakskoebing Denmark

houseboats in a row in Denmark

houseboats in a row in Denmark

Other

Two-story floating log home on large barge

Two-story floating log home on large barge

Light blue houseboat

Small floating home with wrap-around deck that doubles as a boat dock

Small floating home with wrap-around deck that doubles as a boat dock

One-story floating canal boat home with wood exterior

One-story floating canal boat home with wood exterior

Entrance to floating home neighborhood

Entrance to floating home neighborhood

Close-up of purple 2-story floating home with dock and large sloping skylight

Close-up of purple 2-story floating home with dock and large sloping skylight

Contemporary floating home with attached dock

Contemporary floating home with attached dock

Grey and white 2 story floating home

Grey and white 2 story floating home. Source: Sherwood411

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