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The Art of Waterfront Living

Photo by Ric Miller

Who hasn’t fantsized about living aboard a “houseboat” in Sausalito’s unique and colorful, legendary floating home community? If you’re one of those dreamers, or just curious you won’t want to miss the 29th Annual Sausalito Floating Home Tour, Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. The open homes are scattered about, but Kappas Marina is tour central for maps and more information.

The tour offers landlubbers such as myself an opportunity to see how those who have traded terra firma live along the scenic Sausalito waterfront on a home afloat. Fifteen floating homes (by the way, everyone does this, but do not call them “houseboats”!) will be open to the public, eight of which are new to the tour and haven’t been previously available for viewing. Some are small and precious, others are spacious and sport heliports, some really look like boats and others look like a modern high-rise condominium. They are all rich with character and charm, and the residents swear by the lifestyle and tight knit community they share.

In addition to the open homes, there will be art, live music and food along the docks that day. Docents will be onboard each home to provide more information and tickets may be purchased online for $40; sales partially benefit the Friends of the Marin City Library and Sausalito Village. Tickets are $45 the day of the tour.

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