Fun and Color Everywhere in This Sausalito Houseboat
Houseboat at Glance
Who lives here: An international investigations lawyer and her dog, Murphy
Location: Sausalito, California
Size: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms
There are many docks sprinkled across Sausalito’s shoreline, each one meandering out into the bay and creating the floating equivalent of a traditional suburban neighborhood. Neighbors in these communities tend to be close-knit, bonded by the idiosyncrasies and rigors of life on a boat. In fact, the architect who originally designed this houseboat lives just a few doors down on the very same dock.
This home also holds the distinction of being one of the largest on the dock, “grandfathered in” after community regulations limited the allowable hull size. The boat itself is highly secure, attached in four places to enormous 24-inch-diameter pylons anchored to the bay floor, but working from a dock imposed some unique constraints. For example, demolition debris had to be removed daily by carting it down the shared dock, some four city blocks to the parking lot from the homeowner’s front door.
The front of the walnut credenza is covered in brass riveted to resemble a peacock’s feather. The credenza is topped with a custom lamp fashioned from an old radio. A papier-mâché sculpture intended to look like a plant sits on the floor to the right of the credenza. The vivid wall behind the credenza is covered in Timorous Beasties’ Grand Blotch Damask wallpaper. The homeowner fell in love with the wallpaper company when she used to live next to its showroom in London.