THE SECOND STORY | November 26th, 2021


…they’re floating homes!

My late husband designed a huge houseboat. It was 90 feet in length. He numbered his designs and this was Design 56, and it was built in Alameda. Then it was towed to its home in Molokai, Hawaii.

This past week I sold my first floating home. There’s a small but tight community of floating-boat- homeowners at Mariner Square. Actually, the community is behind a gate, which is located at Barnhill Marina. And actually, Barnhill Marina is in escrow now.

This is a photo of several floating homes…taken from behind the “Ship Way” buildings. If you go to the west end to shop…you may go by these buildings.

I’m not sure of what businesses are in the Ship Way buildings, but it seems there’s at least one architecture firm.  I’ve driven by them and ridden my bike by them for years, but have never gone behind them.  It’s actually quite lovely and there’s a walking/bike path, that threads itself close to the floating homes.

The article below give some background on the Ship Ways (from the  Alameda Sun  in 2018.

AC (active contingent on selling another property)
PCH (price change)
PSB (pending sale, want backups ) PSLA (pending sale, subject to lender approval)
DOM (days on market)


Active listings   0  (yes, zero)

DOM  high 214   low 0   avg 28   med 14

Pending listings 75  INCL 10 PSB   AND  1 PSLA

DOM  high  214  low 0  avg 28   med 19

Sold listings  9

DOM  high 37  low 3  avg 11  med 9

This may be my last post for 2021…unless I change my mind. I normally put this blog to bed, for a long autumn/winter’s night sleep.

I’m around and not traveling anywhere, anytime soon. I wish you the best holidays ever: be kind to those you don’t know, say hello to those you don’t know, and put a nice smile on your face!

If you have real estate questions. let me know what they are. However, it will be interesting how this market will shift. change in the first quarter of the new year.

I expect to write about Alameda real estate either the last week of Dec. or the 1st week of Jan, 2022.

BTW… I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. To me, it’s the best holiday of the year; a little bit less of me, me, me and a lot more of we, we, we!




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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!