House boat with stunning views of Tower Bridge on sale for £875,000

If the price tag for your property is nearing the million mark, you might hope it would at least be on solid ground… but this house boat hopes its stunning views of the city makes up for that.

The 60-year-old four-cabin English barge boasts incredible views of Tower Bridge in trendy east London – and it is up for sale for £875,000.

The boat is nearly 2,000 sq ft, and is one of the few surviving and fully operational Medway Coasters left in the UK and has a permanent mooring in Wapping (which doesn’t come cheap).

The barge, named ‘Rock’, was built in 1961 from British steel from a former wheat cargo vessel.

With an overall length of 92ft and width of 21ft, the barge is described as a ‘spacious and comfortable home’ in a unique position close to the heart of the City of London. And for that price tag, you would hope so.

Inside you’ll find seven berths (which is the sleeping quarters on a boat) in four cabins. One cabin has an en-suite toilet and washbasin. There’s also an impressive wheelhouse, an upper studio office with wood burner and a large saloon with open plan galley and dining area for eight, bathroom/utility room.

And good news if you’re tall, there is standing headroom throughout the boat, so you won’t spend half your time stooping through doorways.

The boat also has a huge dry storage area and and a big open front deck area with sensational views of Tower Bridge – perfect for hosting.

Anne Lydiat Wainwright, the current owner, said of the barge: ‘When you buy a boat like “Rock”, you’re taking on a piece of British maritime history, a very different kind of lifestyle and possibly one of the best and most iconic views of London from the River Thames.’

Anne bought the vessel in 2002 with her late husband Chris Wainwright.

In 2003, Rock was given a full refit, with the bottom of the boat re-plated, a one metre steel skirt was added up above the waterline and bilge keels added to give greater stability in water.

All portholes and rooflights were replaced and a new steel roof was put on the lower saloon.

The mooring fee for the boat is £511 a month and the boat is for sale with the Unique Property Company at £875,000.

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