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Houseboats in Richardson Bay
Sausalito, Marin County, California

The shore of Richardson Bay north of downtown Sausalito is lined with pedestrian-only piers to which about 400 houseboats are permanently moored. They vary tremendously in size and style, from a few that look derelict to one known as the Taj Mahal. Many are architect-designed and there is an amazing amount of landscaping, in pots and boxes. It is an interesting and distinctive environment with a strong sense of community.

The houseboats appeared at the end of World War II when the Marinship operation shut down and many barges and other watercraft suddenly became surplus. Relatively large and unseaworthy structures could be built on them, since they were not intended to go beyond calm Richardson Bay. Some were moored to piers, or connected by catwalks, and other were anchored further out. It was a major center of the "counterculture" of the 1960's, and attracted many artists. Unfortunately, the lack of proper sanitation facilities led to serious pollution. Now just about all the houseboats are attached to the city sewer system, as well as electric, water, and internet.


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Liberty Dock houseboats in Sausalito

Liberty Dock houseboats in Sausalito

At the end of the Liberty Dock houseboat pier at Waldo Point in Sausalito.

Sausalito, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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Waldo Point houseboats in Sausalito

Waldo Point houseboats in Sausalito

Houseboats of all sizes and designs at Waldo Point, many of them luxurious and all of them with great views.

Sausalito, California

Date photographed: November 4, 2011
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