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Waterfront real estate to the extreme

Part 1: Floating homes: An offbeat real estate niche

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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 the water," Sherwood said. Their home, mounted on a floating concrete barge, rises and falls with the tide. Egrets, herons and seals are among their neighbors. Hoylman and Sherwood purchased a home las...