In this three-part series, Inman News examines floating homes, the lifestyle, the structures themselves, what's different and what's the same about living in these peculiar dwellings. The unique lifestyle aboard water-bound homes has been glamorized in Hollywood films and also stigmatized as radical and non-conformist. Today, floating-home communities have emerged as luxurious retreats from crowded cities and bland subdivisions while maintaining a tight-knit, bohemian crew of residents. (See Part 2: The art of the floating home sale and Part 3: Homes subject to raft of risks.) Flo Hoylman and Jack Sherwood for 22 years enjoyed a spectacular bay view from their home on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Now, the bay is their backyard. "Looking at the water is different than living in t...
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