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House(boat) Proud

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Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Believe it or not, this intriguing structure is a houseboat on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. The brainchild of architect Robert Oshatz, the house was custom designed as a summer house for a couple who divides their time between Portland and the Far East.

“These clients were interested in loft-style living; they are avid readers; and they also wanted space for a study and a guest room,” – Robert Oshatz for Houzz.com

Though it’s only a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom structure, it still boasts a comfortable 2,300 sq. ft. and looks absolutely dreamy. The structure itself is inspired by the locally-sourced logs from which it was built. Definitely not your typical houseboat!

I am something of a houseboat stalker from way back. When I lived on the Upper West Side in the eighties, I regularly hung around the (locked) gate to the 79th Street Boat Basin, smiling at the people coming and going, hoping to be invited in to one of the super-high-end houseboats taunting me on the other side of the fence. (Can’t imagine why that never worked.) There are a few houseboats in Broad Channel, and we often “casually” cruise by them on our kayaks, just dying for a look inside. Then there’s my dream vacation, a week in one of the vintage houseboats for rent in the heart of Paris. Sure, we live on the water, (and for a little while during Hurricane Sandy, we lived in it), but I’ve always wondered what it’s like to live ON the water.

EPILOGUE: I was reminded that I once before posted about a crazy kind of a houseboat and some very creative architecture problem-solving in the post “Flotation Device.” Give it a read!

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Architecture by Robert Oshatz. Photo by Cameron Neilson

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

19 thoughts on “House(boat) Proud

  1. Dear…heavens. That thing is actually a boat? The kind that um, floats and moves? -drool-

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  2. That is quite beautiful.

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  3. Wow! That’s quite the house boat. My in-laws owned a narrowboat for ten years and it was considered pretty swish in the canal world but it was nothing – not even remotely and in their wildest dreams – like that houseboat. I’m surprised it has stairs actually. I’ve been on a few houseboats (as opposed to narrowboats) and they were all like bungalows on the river.

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  4. Good lord! How can these people even want to split their time when they could come to this home every night? It’s stunning!!! Thank you!

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  5. Mmm. I always wanted to live on a houseboat, but nothing too flash. A narrowboat that I could cruise along canals on would have done me just fine.

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  6. Oh my I just found my dream cabin! It looks so fresh and new, yet also kind of outdated at the same time, very intriguing architecture.

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