This week’s tiny house is situated in the land of multi-million dollar homes.

Its owner, Fiver Brown, has found a life hack to live frugally in this area.

How? A floating home. It’s a former World War II lifeboat that was converted into a 481 square foot house in 1967.

San Francisco Bay 481 Square Foot Houseboat

The boat is 13′ x 37′ with fantastic views of the bay. Fiver says he sees stingrays, seals, fish and birds from his kitchen and loft windows.

His little house is paid off so all he has to worry about is the boat slip rental at Galilee Harbor Co-op which is located in central Sausalito, California.

FYI: Sausalito is just north of San Francisco if you used the Golden Gate Bridge to get there. The community is composed of:

  • Artists
  • Marine workers
  • Creative writers
  • Painters
  • Photographers
  • Boat-builders

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Screenshot Courtesy of Faircompanies.com on YouTube

Video tour and interview below:

Musicians, Artists and Entrepreneurs for Tiny Houses

I like how small spaces influence creative people to pursue their dreams. That’s why I’m passionate about this movement and this is a great example of it working for somebody.

Brown is a musician with his own band Fiver Brown and the Good Sinners. He runs his own local record label called Floating Records. If you want to see him perform you can do that on his YouTube Channel. Enjoy. :)

Tour of Fiver’s Houseboat

In this video tour, thanks to Kirsten Dirksen of Faircompanies.com, you’ll get the complete tour of Fiver’s crib. Inside and throughout you’ll find:

  • Walk-in closet
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen/Galley
  • Upstairs sleeping loft
  • Awesome windows
  • Neighboring houseboats

Walk-in Closet slash Mini Bedroom

Fiver was hesitant to show us his walk-in closet but you get to see it anyway (there’s dirty laundry all over the ground… but who cares?).

That area can be transformed back into a miniature bedroom or you can also turn it into a small office or other type of work space.

Video Tour of the 481 Sq. Ft. Houseboat Below:

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“It’s a pretty easy spot to… Not leave.” – Fiver Brown

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  • sesameB October 31, 2011, 2:14 pm

    Nice!

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  • Alex November 4, 2011, 1:51 pm

    :)

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  • jim sadler November 7, 2011, 6:35 pm

    I’m on the Treasure Coast of Florida and dock space here is expensive. But one can dock in the bay and row a few yards to shore without any fees at all. The great issues here are high winds and very hot weather most of the year. Even on the water life without Ac is usually hard to impossible. And getting a houseboat to a reasonably safe area every time a hurricane threatens is next to impossible. It’s a shame as I could enjoy living on a tiny house boat.

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    • Alex November 8, 2011, 6:38 am

      Glad you came by Jim. True, it’s not cheap to pay those dock fees every month. I know there are certain communities that make that easier, but not aware of any or many in Florida.

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  • BOB SHERATON November 8, 2011, 6:10 am

    HEY JIM,

    YOU MUST HAVE MISSED THE ISSUE OF “TINY HOUSES” THAT HAD MY HOUSEBOAT IN IT…18′ LONG, FACTORY BUILT, SOLAR POWERED A/C. LIGHTS. FRIDGE, MICROWAVE, ETC…ALL FIBERGLAS, 6’8″ HEADROOM, 60 HP MERC,LIKE NEW,,,ONLY $7,200 WITH A GREAT, GALV, TRAILER! SEE IT ON CRAIGSLIST, S FL, OR CALL ME AT 954-428-1526 FOR MORE INFO. OH, NOT A MISPRINT IT IS $7,200. FOR 2K MORE I WILL THROW IN MY TAHOE!

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    • Alex November 8, 2011, 6:39 am

      Thanks Bob! I’ll have to make a post on your listing real quick.. Sorry about that, got busy, kind of forgot. Talk to you soon! Alex

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  • Lisa July 19, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Love Love Love this home!!! I bet you have amazing views!

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  • Linda January 31, 2014, 6:30 pm

    Does the toilet flush into the water?

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  • Comet February 1, 2014, 7:09 pm

    @Linda—

    Um NO the toilet does NOT flush into the water—either there is a holding tank or an incinerating toilet or I suppose you could have a composting toilet (altho I think that would be awkward but it IS California—)

    Surely even our EPA would not allow this in a marina. And pretty sure no one wants toilet by-products floating around.

    Just sayin.

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  • di May 30, 2014, 11:39 am

    I love that there is no formal dining room, office or living room.

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  • di June 1, 2014, 1:54 pm

    There seems to be nothing to do, but enjoy life!

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