HOUSEBOATS FOR SALE FAQS
DO PEOPLE REALLY LIVE ON HOUSEBOATS?
Yes, it’s a great lifestyle! Numerous people throughout the world live on boats as their main residence. It’s a fairy new concept to our area, but it’s very popular in Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California and Amsterdam. It’s fun. It’s unique. It’s affordable.
WHY WOULD I BUY A HOUSEBOAT VERSUS A WATERFRONT HOME?
It’s FUN and because it’s an affordable option versus buying expensive waterfront real estate. Waterfront real estate on Lake Conroe is expensive because it’s in high demand and it’s so beautiful. The price of a vacant waterfront lot with an open water view will range from $150,000 to over $1 million- and, that’s just for the dirt! Also, with a HOUSE BOAT, you do NOT have property taxes which is very expensive when you own a waterfront home. HOUSE BOAT = NO PROPERTY TAXES !!
HOW MUCH DOES A HOUSEBOAT COST?
The cost is based on the size, age and condition of the boat. We currently have 3 houseboats for sale in our marina that range from $30,000 to $120,000. Please contact us for a tour of these boats. This will give you a better understanding of houseboat values and other options.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOUSEBOAT AND A HOME?
One floats and one doesn’t – Ha !! But seriously, a HOUSE BOAT offers the same amenities as a Home. Most HOUSE BOATS have a full kitchen, living rooms, private bedrooms, bathrooms with toilets and showers, etc. Many HOUSE BOATS also offer a 2nd level balcony for “sunning & star gazing” as well.
WHERE DO I KEEP THE HOUSEBOAT?
You will need to find a marina that allows “Live-A-Boards” which is a term utilized in the nautical industry. Waterpoint Marina welcomes “Live-A-Boards” and also has all the required hook-ups to properly maintain your houseboat.
WHAT AMENITIES ARE OFFERED AT WATERPOINT MARINA?
Everything located at Waterpoint is available to you. The kids (and adults) will enjoy neighboring shops and restaurants without getting into a vehicle. The entire shopping center is “pedestrian friendly” and offers Starbucks Coffee and Marble Slab Ice Cream, Smoothie King as well as other restaurants offering indoor & outdoor lakeside dining which includes Fajita Jacks (Best Fajitas in Texas) and Sam’s Boat (great burgers and shrimp) and Akashi Asian Bistro. Waterpoint also offers exquisite services to help you relax during your stay such as Planet Beach Tan – A Contempo Spa; Elements – Massage Therapy; Beyond Fridge – A Paul Mitchell Hair Salon; Malibu Nails; and Snap Fitness – Gym. Go Discover !!!
DOES THE HOUSE BOAT HAVE AIR CONDITIONING?
Typically YES, but check and make sure before you buy a HOUSE BOAT because it gets warm in Texas during the summer. A/C (and heat) is provided in the HOUSE BOATS we currently offer for sale.
DO HOUSE BOATS COME WITH A MOTOR?
Some do and some don’t. The HOUSE BOATS we currently offer for sale do not have motors, so they are meant to stay parked in the marina. Our HOUSE BOATS have been renovated to truly be a floating home where you can live permanently. Your HOUSE BOAT can also be a great 2nd home for vacations and weekend get-a-ways.
WHAT IF WE WANT TO GO OUT ON THE LAKE IN A BOAT?
Numerous options are available from renting a ski boat or pontoon boat for a day or buying a new boat – ask our representative for assistance.
IS THIS A SAFE ENVIROMENT FOR CHILDREN?
Again, this is the same concept as a Home, but the HOUSE BOAT(S) are surrounded by water (the lake). Parents / Guardians are responsible for their children’s safety. WE DO NOT HAVE LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY.
DOES THE BOAT ALWAYS “WOBBLE” WHILE SITTING IN THE LAKE?
Yes and no. The “wobble” is caused by wave action which is due to boat activity on the lake. The marina is protected by a 1200 linear foot breakwater which minimizes wave action. Some people find the “wobble” romantic and sedating while others experience motion sickness. If you are the type person that experiences motion sickness while driving in a car, we recommend purchasing Dramamine (or similar) which is an over-the-counter remedy and can be purchased at CVS here at Waterpoint.