While in Victoria we walked along the shoreline of the harbor and made our way to Fisherman’s Wharf. This are is a mix of houseboats, tour boats and commercial boats. It is clearly a real commercial port at one end but the houseboat end is a different story. The houseboats are real houses. The residents were in evidence while we were there but there is plenty of stuff for the tourists too. The houseboats are painted in a variety of striking colors and on a sunny day it looked pretty nice. The houseboats were quite small and I wonder whether they are a fun place to live, a bit inconvenient or a pain given the people wandering around every day.
Seattle is certainly a hilly city. This does mean you can find yourself in locations with a pretty cool view of other parts of the city including the lakes. I was up above Lake Union and got a great view of some of the lakeside features on the opposite shore. Houseboats are arrayed along the shoreline and, unlike some houseboats I remember from my childhood, these look rather nice. They are still a compact space but they look in good shape and they clearly have quite a nice view out of the front door. I wonder what they are like to live in. Do they get very damp or are they not a problem to control I wonder? Anyone know anybody who lives in one?