THE SECOND STORY | April 12th, 2018


My late husband was a yacht designer. One of the yachts he designed was about 70 feet long? and it was a houseboat, built in here in the Bay Area and was towed to Molokai, where her home was going to be. It was a huge yacht and glorious!

Crab Cove in between rain storms.

Recently, there have been a couple of floating home listings in the multiple listing service. It’s been a while since I’ve written about these types of homes.

Houseboats sound very romantic, don’t they? Well, maybe not if you get seasick. But for those who like to get rocked to sleep, houseboats can solve some regular house issues: no mowing the lawn, maybe some great views if you get a berth that offers those.

You need to check with your tax accountant about deducting the interest you pay on the loan (if you use it as your personal residence), maybe even the docking fees, for the slip, for some parking, for some landbased amenities.

But what about those docking fees? How often do they go up? How about pumping out the holding tank (toilet, shower, galley sink)? Here’s a link (rather dated)  about houseboats in HI. Maintenance is a big deal on any boat and houses.

These days the marinas in Alameda are filled with empty slips. Dearest Carl, I hope the sailboats in heaven are fast, fun, and a blast to sail.

Alameda Real Estate this Week

Broker Tour 8 

New 10

AC 1 (active contingent – means the buyer needs to sell something before s/he can close)

BOM 1 (back on market)

PCH 1 (price change) local real estate broker owns this and made an office out of this but he’s had it on the market w/ at least 2 other agents. Really?


Total active listings 34

Total pending listings 47

OK. That’s a wrap…down memory lane. Looking to the future, but need to be in the present.

Call, text, or em me about any Alameda real estate questions. Will be at 3402 Redhook Lane, (94502) this Sunday between 2-4pm holding a second open house. Offers will be entertained this next Tues. Have your agent email me for the disclosures. This is a great 2/2 single level townhome and this “A” model is in high demand since it’s the only single level townhome in the 3 Bay Farm Island condo associations. AND this is full of natural light, even on darkest days! Priced @ 690K. Come see me there on Sunday!

best, marilyn

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I arrived in Alameda in 1973, as a new bride...with husband Carl Schumacher, both of us from Newport Beach. He was embarking on his career as a Naval Architect (i.e. yacht designer) under Gary Mull. Please see the 'ABOUT ME' page in this website! to see how it has all turned out! I'm so blessed!