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Hot homes: houseboats on the Thames

Hot homes: houseboats on the Thames

We take a property tour of the capital's most sought-after waterside villages, to discover sleek Dutch barges, charming narrow boats and floating island homes.
It is the perfect summer for houseboat living. The best way to stay cool in the capital is to take to the water, become a houseboat resident and enjoy long, idyllic evenings from dockside sun decks and riverside roof terraces.

The Thames is London’s biggest open space, and floating homes make great pieds-à-terre for City workers, or fantastic studios and office spaces for artists and creatives.

WATCH OUR EXCLUSIVE VIDEO TOUR as we take a look inside a millionaire's barge on the Thames, and a quirky and compact fishing boat rented for only £480 a month.

"Enquiries tend to increase in late spring and are always steady throughout the summer months," says Patrick Boakye of waterside property specialists River Homes. He says that although the need for cash purchases does limit this niche market, cash-rich buyers recognise they are getting good value for money in terms of location and price per square foot.

We take a property tour of the capital’s most sought-after waterside villages, from Docklands and Canary Wharf to celeb-favourite Cheyne Wharf in Chelsea, to discover sleek Dutch barges, charming narrow boats and floating island homes.

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£199,950: Poplar Dock Marina, Docklands E14
This one-bedroom Dutch Barge is moored in the Poplar Dock Marina, close to Blackwall DLR and within walking distance of Canary Wharf. The main living area is a long open-plan space with a living room/entertainment area, dining space and kitchen with wooden floors, and a separate study could be used as a small second bedroom.
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£209,950: Burgoine Quay, Kingston KT1
It's the thoughtful, modern touches added to this houseboat moored next to Kingston bridge that will attract new riverside residents: a sleek kitchen and bright reception room opens out to a small deck with a concealed jacuzzi, the double bedroom has fitted wardrobes and the spacious roof terrace offers stunning views along the river. Hampton Wick station with trains to central London is just minutes away.
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£259,950: Taggs Island, Thames Ditton TW12
Just over 60 boats cluster around peaceful Taggs Island in south-west London, with a population of about 100. Houseboats that do come up for sale are often snapped up by existing island residents who are looking to upsize. This floating home is set in a picturesque lagoon and has two bedrooms, a spacious reception room, a balcony, large roof terrace and it also comes with an allocated parking space.
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£63,000: Wenlock Basin, Islington N1
Could this be the perfect bijou pied-a-terre? This 41 ft narrowboat, called 'The Lead Balloon', has a prime central London mooring close to the restaurants and bars of Angel and Old Street. The secure dock is on Wharf Bridge Road and has communal space for summer dining and entertaining, plus bike storage. Inside the boat, a long galley kitchen opens to an open-plan reception/dining and sleeping area that fits a double bed.
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£424,950: Hampton Wick, Kingston Upon Thames KT1
The layout of this luxurious houseboat is modelled on contemporary streamline yachts, with a smart air conditioned interior and minimal windows on the side allowing almost complete privacy. Floor-to-ceiling bi-folding doors opening to a spacious 500ft rear sun deck and entertaining area. Hampton Wick and Kingston mainline train stations are nearby.
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£420,000: Ferry Lane, Brentford TW8
This luxurious furnished houseboat is moored at Ferry Quays in Brentford and has two double bedrooms, a contemporary living area with a fireplace, a separate kitchen area and a spacious upper deck. Brentford train station is just under half a mile way.
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£450,000: Cheyne Walk, Chelsea SW10
This one-bedroom houseboat offers a rare opportunity to snap up a floatimg home moored on one of the coveted outer berths of the famous Cheyne Walk Moorings. Split over two levels the houseboat has one bedroom, a wet room, a reception room with dining space and a large-south-facing deck - perfect for summer entertaining. The wharf has a Night Watchman, CCTV and an on-site maintenance team. Imperial Wharf mainline station is just over half a mile away. Licence until October 2015.
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£95,000: The Hollows, Brentford TW8
This 42 ft one-bedroom narrowboat with a secure residential garden mooring has open river Thames views towards Kew Bridge and comes with a shared garden. Inside, the open-plan reception has a wood burning stove, a galley kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. A new five-year residential mooring licence is part of the deal.
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