The Wind in the Willows is a classic which has filled many childhood hours, but it seems that one quote from the Kenneth Grahame novel is striking a note with London’s estate agents.
‘Believe me, my young friend,’ says Ratty to his friend Mole, ‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.’
Riverboats with plush interiors, cosy wood-burning fires and stylish roof decks are sailing into realtor’s brochures as the must-have home this year.
Of course, we’re not talking about a little rowing boat here, rather those at the top end of the market which can sell for as much as £3 million and are hidden in the waterways in and around the Capital.
Nicholas Austin, Sales Manager for RiverHomes’ Southwest office admits these nautical vessels are often better equipped than many city properties and offer a sense of peace and tranquillity that can be hard to find in a busy place like London.
Cheaper than a city apartment, a one-bedroomed narrowboat in the trendy area of Little Venice will set you back £150,000 but if you really want to impress your dinner guests, the price tag can be in the millions.
Mr Austin says: ‘The River Thames provides a quiet and quaint oasis within this bustling city. With the river being the main artery of London’s success over 2,000 years, living on the river makes you part of that rich history and tradition.’
He adds: ‘At the top end of the market, houseboats provide a larger square footage than many London homes while at the lower end of the market they provide a secure, affordable space for someone looking to plant their roots.’
So follow us through the keyhole…
A £3 million steel barge in the upmarket marina of St Katherine’s Dock near Tower Bridge will get you five bedrooms, three reception rooms and three bathrooms.
£3 million will help you barge onto the London houseboat market.
If art deco is more your style then this 1957 motor barge with six bedrooms, six bathrooms and three reception rooms could be yours for £1.8 million and perfectly situated in Canary Wharf if you need to be near the office.
Having an address in Little Venice usually comes with a hefty price tag so this barge at £150,000 is surely a bargain?