Waking up in the morning to the sound of the sea, with the convenience of your house being right on the shore, and having some of the most spectacular nighttime sea views from your window; are all some of the joys of having your own houseboat. This trend which started in the canals of Amsterdam has become increasingly prevalent in Spain, especially on the country’s eastern coast.
Houseboats are typically wooden constructions, and like typical pleasure craft, are found moored in marinas. They are measured in the typical nautical fashion, by length and breadth, and some also have engines allowing them to move around like any other motorboat.
Homeaboard is the first Spanish enterprise dedicated to the design and sale of floating houses on the coast. Their first houseboat model is 15 metres long, 5 metres wide and has room for 8 people. It is moored in Torrevieja marina.
Its creators, David Checa and Alejandro Pérez-Ojeda recently presented their pilot model in Torrevieja marina, with the aim of this being just the first in a series of standardised design houseboats which are more affordable and sustainable than the typical house. If you want to see what it’s like living on a houseboat, why not first book a yacht charter in Torrevieja and get an idea of what it’s like living on a comfortable boat on the Mediterranean shore.
Traditionally, this type of living accommodation proliferated in Amsterdam and other cities with an abundance of waterways, where land is scarce and demand outstrips supply. Other regions such as Queensland in Australia also built pilot models to attempt to build the world’s first floating cities.
However, unfortunately this dream was not realised, and nowadays these pilot models have been maintained as tourist attractions, similar to the situation with the houseboats of Amsterdam. In Spain the land situation is completely different; there is no shortage of available land, and Homeaboard is looking to exploit this situation and utilise the excess mooring space available in Torrevieja marina.
New floating homes in Torrevieja
The construction of Torrevieja’s marina, in common with many other Spanish developments, was based on a highly speculative prediction of the demand for moorings, which in the end was not realised, leading to the present situation where less than 50% of the marina’s moorings are occupied.
Homeaboard’s houseboat business would offer a solution to this oversupply, whilst responding to the high demand from people who cannot afford the market rental rates, and whom would benefit from an annual rent of just 4,000 euros, or a purchase price of 100,000 euros, a ridiculously low price in comparison with homes on land, and a price which could prompt many families to move to the coast to live on houseboats.
The benefits to living on a houseboat are endless; besides the price, the views from each houseboat are some of the best on the coast. In addition, the houseboat zone will be separate from the rest of the marina, with strict security and safety guidelines, making the area a great place to live.
The houseboat’s interiors are designed to make the most of the craft’s limited 40 square metres of space, and adapt it to daily life. The home has many different storage spaces, with the option of two or three cabins, a shower room, and a light and airy open plan kitchen-living-diner, with many windows.
Another advantage of these homes is that they are sustainable, don’t generate waste, and have a low carbon footprint, thereby not damaging the coastline environment.
If you’re interested in this concept, but are looking for a more luxurious option, there are also “houseyachts” available from 600,000 euros. If you simply wish to try this experience out on your holidays, why not try yacht charter in one of our available destinations.