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Barge Tiny House Vacation Rental: On Wheels or on the Water?

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Tiny houses on trailers aren’t the only way to live simply.

And if you like the water as much as I do you’re going to love this little floating cabin.

It’s a barge tiny house vacation rental on the water in Seattle, Washington.

When I go visit Seattle for the first time I just might book a stay here. What do you think?

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I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tour below:

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Front Porch View from the Barge Tiny House Vacation Rental

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Bathroom in a Houseboat

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Laundry with Stacking Washer and Dryer

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Living Room

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“The barge is a unique way to see Seattle. It is fully furnished and a home.

Rock yourself to sleep at night with the easy motion of the lake.

I will meet guests at the barge when you arrive to get you settled.

Bus stop on the street to downtown and local neighborhoods.

Driving distance to Whole Foods, PCC, Fred Meyer and Trader Joe’s. Parking is free on weekends and paid parking until 4:00 weekdays.” (Source)

Book your stay in this houseboat vacation rental in Seattle, WA right here.

Recent Testimonials/Reviews from Renters

Seriously amazing. It’s not often your backyard is a lake, but boy oh boy do I wish it was. Pam kindly showed us the place and then was available by phone if needed. The house has everything you could need (including beach towels and swimming toys) and parking in the lot outside was a breeze. We were in town for a wedding, but I would come back to Seattle to just to stay here in the summer. Absolutely perfect.” -Jennie

The Barge is amazing! If you’re planning to visit Seattle, this is the only way to go. It’s centrally located, has amazing views, and Pam really makes it feel like your home away from home.” -Anne

My daughter and I are transplants from San Francisco to Arizona. We wanted to be as close as we could to the water on our recent trip to Seattle. We found Pam’s barge and I’m so glad we did! It’s adorable with beautiful flowers, comfy bed, a wonderful topside observation deck pointed right at the city. As another reviewer stated, it’s difficult to tear yourself away to go see the sights. Not only is Pam extremely generous and friendly, so are her dock mates. Staying on the barge really made our trip to Seattle memorable.” -Page

I have one negative comment to say about the House Barge – so let’s get that out of the way first. The bad news is, YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO LEAVE!! Pam was an amazing host – super friendly, easy going, and a domestic goddess to boot! This home was amazing. My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of staying there for a weekend and the minute I walked into the marina, I knew I had made the right choice. Her home is the nicest on the block in my opinion, and set up to enjoy the water life to the fullest. Gorgeous rooftop patio to lounge around on, water views and access from your living room, Internet, TV, fully functional kitchen, a washer/dryer and even a little raft to take a float around Lake Mercer! Pam was a great host – with a little folder set up with some neighbourhood information etc. Great location that’s walking distance to Fremont and a 5 minute drive to places like Pike Place etc. Free parking on the weekends so that was awesome too!! I honestly can’t say enough good things about this home – it had great energy and vibes. Loved being here and I can guarantee that we will be back! If you’re looking for a unique and amazing way to spend your time in Seattle – this is it!! Book it! I’m serious!! 🙂” -Emily

More reviews/testimonials and how to book your own stay right here.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Cahow
    August 21, 2013, 7:08 pm

    Oh, this takes me back to my days in Amsterdam! We’ve had dinner several times on these Lovely Ladies of the Lake (or river or canal) and I wished to bits & pieces that we could have stayed not only the night, but for days on end.

    Charming! Hope you get to stay in one, Alex. You deserve it! We should start an Indiegogo account for you : Send Alex to Live on a Houseboat!

  • jerryd
    August 21, 2013, 9:36 pm

    I love it!! But can you really call it a small home?

    I use to own one of the Key West Houseboat Row slips living in, building and repairing similar to much smaller ones, other boats I made a living for yrs.

    But too many tourist just climbed onboard so I sold the slip for a nice profit and anchored out where I belonged, loved. Having a 200′ moat between Key Weird and my home helps keep one sane.

    On the water it pays to stay as short as possible as most costs are by the foot from dockage, haul out, bottom paint, taxes, etc.

    And you want a boat, like your TH, you own. Not one that owns you.

    So one just as big as actually needed and no more. 15.9′ is a good size 8-16′ wide for 2. 16′ is the next higher tax, rule bracket and 26′ the next one.

    The only reason I’m going for a 34′ trimaran is I’ve registered it as a canoe thus only a few $/yr tag costs in Fla. Since I don’t dock haul out myself for bottom work that’s not a cost for me either.

    And it’s sleek, racy looking , fast though completely a cruising, liveaboard shallow 6”draft boat, not a racer.

    But I’ll give others a good run for their money but I’m making the rig small so I can handle it as I get older. But give me a good breeze!!

    Dam I can’t wait to sell this property and get back on the water where I belong.

    • Cahow
      August 22, 2013, 7:34 pm

      jerryd: Thanks for all the interesting knowledge about boats that you wrote about. I really enjoyed learning about all that you shared! Hope that you find your way back to the water, sooner than later. 😀

      • jerryd
        December 5, 2013, 6:34 pm

        Hi Cahow, even better news today for me, nov 5, my trimaran sailboat main hull/ cabin was mounted on it’s custom trailer moving it out of the shed and moving me into it! ;^)) Under $1k so far though have the outer hulls, etc to do.

        But all up before the 1kw PV system to run my A/C, etc just as a sailboat is only $2k using used rigging, etc, boat jewelry in other words.

        It’s basically a 24′ 5.5′ wide, 6′ tall cabin design made specially for me or 2 people with a 6’6” cockpit/porch in the rear. I’m going to try to get it out in the open to take exterior pics of it and the raw interior before trim, etc to show how it’s done. It’s a great lightweight trailer building technic of epoxy/plywood.

        In fact just putting a hitch on it’s bow, lights on the back it’d make a killer lightweight aerodynamic liveaboard trailer without the outriggers/pontoons needing little towing power as only 1,000lbs unloaded.

        • Cahow
          December 5, 2013, 8:35 pm

          Ah, that’s great news, jerryd! I bet you can’t wait to settle into your new home, if I read it correctly.

          But, Hon, it’s DECEMBER 5th…not NOVEMBER 5th!!! You must have had a blast in the ’60’s my friend! 😉

        • jerryd
          December 5, 2013, 9:08 pm

          You got ME!!! But it was 84F this afternoon when I wrote it, not very Dec weather, even in Fla ;^))

          When not connected to schedules in hardly any way what month it is can be mistaken easily. I even lose yrs !

          And yes the 60’s and 70’s was a very, very good time! ;^))

  • Laure
    August 22, 2013, 4:04 am

    Just curious but in the picture of the bathroom with the sink on the left-is that the toilet on the right? And why is it so high up (level with the sink). Or is it an optical illusion?

  • Lisa
    December 14, 2013, 7:14 am

    I couldn’t possibly stay for just a night on this lovely craft. Someone would be missing a houseboat in the morning. (j/k)

  • Glema
    July 15, 2014, 7:46 pm


  • Serge Duval
    May 8, 2015, 1:36 pm

    This would be a pretty awesome boat to rent! My two favorite types of vacation destinations are cabins and lakes, so this seems like the perfect combination of the two! Everything is so compact and organized that there is still room to relax and enjoy yourself! The living room and bedroom are probably my favorite parts of the whole thing. I’m going to look into this for a trip, thanks for sharing!

  • Karen R
    May 15, 2015, 11:08 am

    Alex, you must visit Seattle. Too much rain for me to stay permanently, but I loved visiting my daughter when she lived there, and she loved it. Lots of good day trips from there, too.

    This is a beautiful place!

  • sunshinbe
    May 16, 2015, 7:38 pm

    Can I come live with you

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