FEMAIL reveals the best river homes on the London property market

Sail into the London property market! Houseboats with wood-burning fires, luxury roof decks and sleek show-home interiors are attracting buyers in search of peace, novelty and more square footage (but they can set you back up to £3MILLION)

  • River Homes, waterside property agents, has shared with Femail the best houseboats available across London
  • Around London, several docked and delightful boats are on offer for potential buyers from around £150,000
  • The eight watercrafts in the British capital include at least a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living room
  • With luxury living spaces, catalogue-worthy bedrooms and spacious roof decks, these enviable ロンドン properties are enough to lure any buyer.

    Only these plush pads aren’t found in modern apartment buildings or converted Victorian homes, they are concealed within the houseboats that dot the city’s waterways.

    Speaking to FEMAIL, Nicholas Austin, Sales Manager for RiverHomes’ Southwest office, explained houseboats at the top end of the market offer better equipped living areas than most London homes, as well as a sense of peace and tranquility that is difficult to find elsewhere in the city.

    There is also the novelty factor: a dinner party on a houseboat certainly makes you stand out from the crowd.

    However houseboats aren’t the shortcut into the London housing market that they might first appear.

    While some of the smaller houseboats are far cheaper than a city centre flata one-bedroom narrowboat in trendy Little Venice for £150,000, 例えば – others have price tags in the millions, although they are still cheaper than comparable London homes.

    Mr Austin said: ‘In the bustling metropolitan metropolis that is London, the last vestibule of calm is the River Thames. The first comment my clients make is how quiet and peaceful it is in the marinas with London rushing all around them.

    ‘The river provides a quiet and quaint oasis within this bustling city. With the river being the main artery of London’s success for over two thousand years, living on the river makes you part of that rich history and tradition.

    ‘At the top end of the market houseboats provide a larger square footage with better equipped living quarters than most London homes. At the lower end of the market they provide a secure, affordable safe space for someone looking to plant their roots in this vibrant city.

    £3million steel barge, St Katherine’s Dock

    Bedrooms: 5

    Receptions: 3

    Bathrooms: 3

    If you've got a spare £3million and want to swap views of other houses for a look of the river, then this 1930s steel barge (写真) which has been converted into a magnificent contemporary houseboat is just right for you

    If you’ve got a spare £3million and want to swap views of other houses for a look of the river, then this 1930s steel barge (写真) which has been converted into a magnificent contemporary houseboat is just right for you

    The near 50 ft. foredeck provides enormous scope for al fresco entertaining but it is the internal volume of this vessel (写真) - in excess of 5,000 平方フィートft. - that has allowed for an extensive and impressive open-plan upper deck

    The near 50 フィート. foredeck provides enormous scope for al fresco entertaining but it is the internal volume of this vessel (写真) – in excess of 5,000 平方. フィート. – that has allowed for an extensive and impressive open-plan upper deck

    This statement open-plan area includes a vast and bright reception, kitchen (写真) and dining spaces, offering spectacular dock views with a central atrium stairway to a lower deck

    This statement open-plan area includes a vast and bright reception, kitchen (写真) and dining spaces, offering spectacular dock views with a central atrium stairway to a lower deck

    On the lower deck there is a further reception area (写真) and access to a Jet-ski platform and five large double bedrooms, each with direct or shared en suite facilities

    On the lower deck there is a further reception area (写真) and access to a Jet-ski platform and five large double bedrooms, each with direct or shared en suite facilities

    The current owner of the vessel, which is moored at St Katharine Docks, London's luxury yacht marina, has recently installed new wool carpet (写真), replaced the boiler and added LED lighting as well as repainted

    The current owner of the vessel, which is moored at St Katharine Docks, London’s luxury yacht marina, has recently installed new wool carpet (写真), replaced the boiler and added LED lighting as well as repainted

    There is a newly built office space at the rear of the houseboat with Tower Bridge views which is separated from the main living accommodation (写真)

    There is a newly built office space at the rear of the houseboat with Tower Bridge views which is separated from the main living accommodation (写真)

    If you’ve got a spare £3million and want to swap views of other houses for a look of the river, then this 1930s steel barge which has been converted into a magnificent contemporary houseboat is just right for you.

    The near 50 フィート. foredeck provides enormous scope for al fresco entertaining but it is the internal volume of this vesselin excess of 5,000 平方. フィート. – that has allowed for an extensive and impressive open-plan upper deck.

    This statement open-plan area includes a vast and bright reception, kitchen and dining spaces, offering spectacular dock views with a central atrium stairway to a lower deck.

    On the lower deck there is a further reception area and access to a Jet-ski platform and five large double bedrooms, each with direct or shared en suite facilities.

    The current owner of the vessel, which is moored at St Katharine Docks, London’s luxury yacht marina, has recently installed new wool carpet, replaced the boiler and added LED lighting as well as repainted.

    There is a newly built office space at the rear of the houseboat with Tower Bridge views which is separated from the main living accommodation.

    £1.8m houseboat, Canary Wharf

    Bedrooms: 6

    Receptions: 3

    Bathrooms: 6

    ビルトイン 1957, this motor barge (写真) was recently converted into 8,000 平方. フィート. of luxury accommodation, featuring luxury gardens covered by a roof and Art Deco-styled outside decking

    ビルトイン 1957, this motor barge (写真) was recently converted into 8,000 平方. フィート. of luxury accommodation, featuring luxury gardens covered by a roof and Art Deco-styled outside decking

    With six bedrooms (pictured is one of them), plus staff accommodation, six bathrooms, three reception areas and two kitchens alongside a bar, it's no surprise this place comes with a hefty price tag of £1.8million

    With six bedrooms (pictured is one of them), plus staff accommodation, six bathrooms, three reception areas and two kitchens alongside a bar, it’s no surprise this place comes with a hefty price tag of £1.8million

    The bespoke windows and doors were handcrafted in the Netherlands. 写真, one of the stylish bathrooms available on the vessel

    The bespoke windows and doors were handcrafted in the Netherlands. 写真, one of the stylish bathrooms available on the vessel

    There is solid Brazilian walnut flooring throughout the interior, tiled bathrooms and a kitchen worktop made form crushed, natural granite from Spain

    There is solid Brazilian walnut flooring throughout the interior, tiled bathrooms and a kitchen worktop made form crushed, natural granite from Spain

    Panelled walls and ceilings are made of American red oak, 松, hickory, pecan and poplar, while there's also individual room air conditioning and heating. 写真, the kitchen

    Panelled walls and ceilings are made of American red oak, 松, hickory, pecan and poplar, while there’s also individual room air conditioning and heating. 写真, the kitchen

    Available on a transferable residential mooring at South Quay, Canary Wharf, there is an array of bars, レストラン, leisure amenities and plenty of travel options nearby. 写真, the living space and dining room

    Available on a transferable residential mooring at South Quay, Canary Wharf, there is an array of bars, レストラン, leisure amenities and plenty of travel options nearby. 写真, the living space and dining room

    It's currently being run for private hire and corporate events, and has an engine dating from 1962 and serviced in February 2010. It crossed the North Sea in August 2011. 写真, one of the bedrooms

    It’s currently being run for private hire and corporate events, and has an engine dating from 1962 and serviced in February 2010. It crossed the North Sea in August 2011. 写真, one of the bedrooms

    ビルトイン 1957, this motor barge was recently converted into 8,000 平方. フィート. of luxury accommodation, featuring luxury gardens covered by a roof and Art Deco-styled outside decking.

    With six bedrooms, plus staff accommodation, six bathrooms, three reception areas and two kitchens alongside a bar, it’s no surprise this place comes with a hefty price tag of £1.8million.

    The bespoke windows and doors were handcrafted in the Netherlands, while there is solid Brazilian walnut flooring throughout the interior, tiled bathrooms and a kitchen worktop made form crushed, natural granite from Spain.

    Panelled walls and ceilings are made of American red oak, 松, hickory, pecan and poplar, while there’s also individual room air conditioning and heating.

    Available on a transferable residential mooring at South Quay, Canary Wharf, there is an array of bars, レストラン, leisure amenities and plenty of travel options nearby.

    It’s currently being run for private hire and corporate events, and has an engine dating from 1962 and serviced in February 2010. It crossed the North Sea in August 2011.

    £1.75m houseboat, Riverside Quarter, ワンズワース

    Bedrooms: 3

    Receptions: 2

    Bathrooms: 3

    Houseboat 'Penelope' claims to be one of the most stylish and attractive boats on the Thames (写真) - but will cost potential buyers a staggering £1.75million

    Houseboat ‘Penelopeclaims to be one of the most stylish and attractive boats on the Thames (写真) – but will cost potential buyers a staggering £1.75million

    で 29 metres long with a 5.7 metre beam, she offers 2,405 平方. フィート. of living space - including three bedrooms, two receptions (pictured is one of them) and three bathrooms

    で 29 metres long with a 5.7 metre beam, she offers 2,405 平方. フィート. of living spaceincluding three bedrooms, two receptions (pictured is one of them) and three bathrooms

    容器, built by a top naval architect, also has incredible views while being moored at Riverside Quarter in Wandsworth, with a licence til 2063. 写真, the kitchen

    容器, built by a top naval architect, also has incredible views while being moored at Riverside Quarter in Wandsworth, with a licence til 2063. 写真, the kitchen

    It also features a spacious office, a studio and two of the three bedrooms are doubles with an en suite. 写真, one of the bathrooms available in the abode

    It also features a spacious office, a studio and two of the three bedrooms are doubles with an en suite. 写真, one of the bathrooms available in the abode

    The main living room is large, 軽くて風通しの良い, offering an excellent entertaining space, while the dining area can easily seat 14. 写真, one of the bedrooms

    The main living room is large, 軽くて風通しの良い, offering an excellent entertaining space, while the dining area can easily seat 14. 写真, one of the bedrooms

    The boat is well insulated and because she is so heavy (140 トン), she is very stable in the water, say the current owners of the vessel. 写真, the outside area of the boat

    The boat is well insulated and because she is so heavy (140 トン), she is very stable in the water, say the current owners of the vessel. 写真, the outside area of the boat

    Houseboat ‘Penelopeclaims to be one of the most stylish and attractive boats on the Thamesbut will cost potential buyers a staggering £1.75million.

    で 29 metres long with a 5.7 metre beam, she offers 2,405 平方. フィート. of living spaceincluding three bedrooms, two receptions and three bathrooms.

    容器, built by a top naval architect, also has incredible views while being moored at Riverside Quarter in Wandsworth, with a licence til 2063.

    It also features a spacious office, a studio and two of the three bedrooms are doubles with an en suite. The main living room is large, 軽くて風通しの良い, offering an excellent entertaining space, while the dining area can easily seat 14.

    The boat is well insulated and because she is so heavy (140 トン), she is very stable in the water, say the current owners of the vessel.

    £1.35m renovated barge, ワンズワース

    Bedrooms: 3

    Receptions: 2

    Bathrooms: 2

    Monarch is moored at Prospect Quay in Wandsworth, with secure, long term mooring rights - and will cost potential buyers £1.35million (写真)

    Monarch is moored at Prospect Quay in Wandsworth, with secure, long term mooring rightsand will cost potential buyers £1.35million (写真)

    This meticulously renovated and fully operational barge comprises a large, open-plan living area which is flooded with natural light (写真)

    This meticulously renovated and fully operational barge comprises a large, open-plan living area which is flooded with natural light (写真)

    On the lower level there are three double bedrooms (pictured is one of them) - one with an en suite shower room; a utility room; a fully tiled, ultra-modern bathroom with separate shower area and an additional multi-use room which could be a media and TV area, study or walk-in wardrobe

    On the lower level there are three double bedrooms (pictured is one of them) – one with an en suite shower room; a utility room; a fully tiled, ultra-modern bathroom with separate shower area and an additional multi-use room which could be a media and TV area, study or walk-in wardrobe

    The new owner of this vessel will also have parking facilities, 24 hour concierge, swimming pool and gymnasium available in the adjoining residential development. 写真, the bathroom

    The new owner of this vessel will also have parking facilities, 24 hour concierge, swimming pool and gymnasium available in the adjoining residential development. 写真, the bathroom

    Monarch is moored at Prospect Quay in Wandsworth, with secure, long term mooring rightsand will cost potential buyers £1.35million.

    This meticulously renovated and fully operational barge comprises a large, open-plan living area which is flooded with natural light.

    There is a modern fully-fitted kitchen, front and rear decks and a roof terrace offering fabulous views of the River Thames.

    On the lower level there are three double bedroomsone with an en suite shower room; a utility room; a fully tiled, ultra-modern bathroom with separate shower area and an additional multi-use room which could be a media and TV area, study or walk-in wardrobe.

    The new owner of this vessel will also have parking facilities, 24 hour concierge, swimming pool and gymnasium available in the adjoining residential development.

    Prospect Quay is located on the corner of the spacious Wandsworth Park, by the River Thames and is a 15 minute walk from Putney mainline and East Putney underground stations. The river taxi service runs from the adjacent pier at Riverside Quarter.

    £700,000 houseboat, チェルシー

    Bedrooms: 3

    Receptions: 1

    Bathrooms: 2

    Moored on the historic Cheyne Walk, facing towards Battersea Bridge, houseboat 'Antje' (写真中央) enjoys enviable views - at a cost of £700,000 to potential buyers

    Moored on the historic Cheyne Walk, facing towards Battersea Bridge, houseboat ‘Antje’ (写真中央) enjoys enviable viewsat a cost of £700,000 to potential buyers

    Beautifully presented, with stylish and bright décor, the boat is awash with natural light due to the many windows and skylights - and this is amplified by the choice of materials throughout (写真)

    Beautifully presented, with stylish and bright décor, the boat is awash with natural light due to the many windows and skylightsand this is amplified by the choice of materials throughout (写真)

    The accommodation boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one of which is en suite to the master), a substantial open-plan kitchen and family room (写真), as well as a lounge on deck

    The accommodation boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one of which is en suite to the master), a substantial open-plan kitchen and family room (写真), as well as a lounge on deck

    Offering over 1,100 平方. ft., newly-refurbished Antje (写真) is 'extremely pleasant to live on and a delight to be aboard. A lovely houseboat in a fashionable and prestigious location', says the estate agents

    Offering over 1,100 平方. ft., newly-refurbished Antje (写真) is ‘extremely pleasant to live on and a delight to be aboard. A lovely houseboat in a fashionable and prestigious location’, says the estate agents

    Moored on the historic Cheyne Walk, facing towards Battersea Bridge, houseboat ‘Antjeenjoys enviable viewsat a cost of £700,000 to potential buyers.

    Beautifully presented, with stylish and bright décor, the boat is awash with natural light due to the many windows and skylightsand this is amplified by the choice of materials throughout.

    The accommodation boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one of which is en suite to the master), a substantial open-plan kitchen and family room, as well as a lounge on deck.

    Offering over 1,100 平方. ft., newly-refurbished Antje is ‘extremely pleasant to live on and a delight to be aboard. A lovely houseboat in a fashionable and prestigious location’, says the estate agents.

    £595,000 lighthouse vessel, Silvertown

    Bedrooms: 6

    Receptions: 3

    Bathrooms: 2

    This home is a former Trinity House lighthouse vessel (写真), lovingly converted by her celebrity and advertising photographer owner a stunning abode and location for photoshoots and filming

    This home is a former Trinity House lighthouse vessel (写真), lovingly converted by her celebrity and advertising photographer owner a stunning abode and location for photoshoots and filming

    The accommodation consists of six bedrooms, four of which are crew cabins, complete with the original 1930's mahogany furniture (写真) and one of them is en suite

    The accommodation consists of six bedrooms, four of which are crew cabins, complete with the original 1930’s mahogany furniture (写真) and one of them is en suite

    There is vast storage space available throughout the vessel, and it enjoys views over the docks from the lighthouse tower rising 45 feet from the water level

    There is vast storage space available throughout the vessel, and it enjoys views over the docks from the lighthouse tower rising 45 feet from the water level

    Hundreds of square meters of open deck space on multiple levels offer further options for events, photoshoots and filming, leisure time and entertaining

    Hundreds of square meters of open deck space on multiple levels offer further options for events, photoshoots and filming, leisure time and entertaining

    A new master cabin and bathroom occupies the top level of the vessel, with the latter showcasing a 19th century French copper bath (写真)

    A new master cabin and bathroom occupies the top level of the vessel, with the latter showcasing a 19th century French copper bath (写真)

    This home is a former Trinity House lighthouse vessel, lovingly converted by her celebrity and advertising photographer owner a stunning abode and location for photoshoots and filming.

    The accommodation consists of six bedrooms, four of which are crew cabins, complete with the original 1930’s mahogany furniture and one of them is en suite.

    A new master cabin and bathroom occupies the top level of the vessel, with the latter showcasing a 19th century French copper bath.

    その間, a large open space gallery is fitter with English Rose furniture and the former engine room now boasts a stylish studio space.

    There is vast storage space available throughout the vessel, and it enjoys views over the docks from the lighthouse tower rising 45 feet from the water level.

    Hundreds of square meters of open deck space on multiple levels offer further options for events, photoshoots and filming, leisure time and entertaining.

    £450,000 houseboat, フラム

    Bedrooms: 2

    Receptions: 1

    Bathrooms: 2

    Chelonia is a beautiful two bedroom houseboat (写真), boasting a neutral decor to enhance the natural light that pours through the boat

    Chelonia is a beautiful two bedroom houseboat (写真), boasting a neutral decor to enhance the natural light that pours through the boat

    The vessel features an open-plan kitchen/reception room (写真), two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which is en suit to the master bedroom

    The vessel features an open-plan kitchen/reception room (写真), two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which is en suit to the master bedroom

    Chelonia (写真) has a large sundeck of 30 フィート. length and is based in a central location close to the shops, レストラン, and bars of Chelsea

    Chelonia (写真) has a large sundeck of 30 フィート. length and is based in a central location close to the shops, レストラン, and bars of Chelsea

    しかしながら, the estate agents are only selling this vessel and not the mooring at Imperial Wharf Marina. The rental of the mooring is by separate negotiation with the marina or mooring management. 写真, one of the two bedrooms

    しかしながら, the estate agents are only selling this vessel and not the mooring at Imperial Wharf Marina. The rental of the mooring is by separate negotiation with the marina or mooring management. 写真, one of the two bedrooms

    Chelonia is a beautiful two bedroom houseboat, boasting a neutral decor to enhance the natural light that pours through the boat.

    The vessel features an open-plan kitchen/reception room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which is en suit to the master bedroom.

    Chelonia has a large sundeck of 30 フィート. length and is based in a central location close to the shops, レストラン, and bars of Chelsea.

    しかしながら, the estate agents are only selling this vessel and not the mooring at Imperial Wharf Marina. The rental of the mooring is by separate negotiation with the marina or mooring management.

    All prospective buyers should make their own enquiries with them directly to understand the in-going costs and mooring fees payable by a new owner, said River Homes.

    £150,000 narrowboat, Little Venice

    Bedrooms: 1

    Receptions: 1

    Bathrooms: 1

    ビルトイン 2007, この 44 フィート. 屋形船 (写真) offers a cosy and contemporary interior, which results in a bright and spacious feel throughout

    ビルトイン 2007, この 44 フィート. 屋形船 (写真) offers a cosy and contemporary interior, which results in a bright and spacious feel throughout

    The estate agents say the abode (写真) would make an excellent city bolthole, a permanent home or a fun cruiser for the summer months

    The estate agents say the abode (写真) would make an excellent city bolthole, a permanent home or a fun cruiser for the summer months

    It features an open-plan space with a fitted kitchen and living area, bedroom (写真) and modern shower room, and the estate agents say a survey was done in 2017 and the boat has been significantly upgraded since

    It features an open-plan space with a fitted kitchen and living area, bedroom (写真) and modern shower room, and the estate agents say a survey was done in 2017 and the boat has been significantly upgraded since

    It is situated in picturesque Little Venice in the gated Blomfield Road Moorings with local amenities, including an array of shops and restaurants, close by. 写真, the living space

    It is situated in picturesque Little Venice in the gated Blomfield Road Moorings with local amenities, including an array of shops and restaurants, close by. 写真, the living space

    ビルトイン 2007, この 44 フィート. houseboat offers a cosy and contemporary interior, which results in a bright and spacious feel throughout.

    The estate agents say the abode would make an excellent city bolthole, a permanent home or a fun cruiser for the summer months.

    It features an open-plan space with a fitted kitchen and living area, bedroom and modern shower room, and the estate agents say a survey was done in 2017 and the boat has been significantly upgraded since.

    It is situated in picturesque Little Venice in the gated Blomfield Road Moorings with local amenities, including an array of shops and restaurants, close by.

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