There's something appealing about life aboard a houseboat, floating idyllically along your waterway of choice. Pack up, shove off, and you're gone. It's a wanderlust dream made real.
Things get slightly more complicated when the houseboat is way more house than boat. Take, for example, this Seattle home by local firm Vandeventer + Carlander Architects. It's literally buoyant, thanks to the 24' X 44' concrete floats on which it rests.
The house was designed to integrate neatly with its marine environment: Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of Lake Union, and all of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, offering the calming sensation of sleeping just above the water's surface. A rooftop deck is accessible by ladder, and another on the ground floor descends into the water.
Sure, a traditional houseboat is more mobile — but we'd be willing to negotiate on that point for something as sleek 'n' chic as this.