Just listed: A floating home on Buzzards Bay for $310,000

50 Fort St 1 front exterior Fairhaven MA
50 Fort St., No. 1, can be taken off the barge and transported to another marina or put on a plot of land. John Maciel

Dear Reader: You, too, can live on a barge! 

50 Fort St., No. 1, one of the few floating homes on Buzzards Bay, is on the market. Jan MacGregor of Howe Allen Realty listed the property for $309,900 Monday, and it has already been designated a Redfin “hot home.” 

The 1,820-square-foot property was built in 1912, and its history is most evident on the first floor. Step off Fairhaven Shipyard and into the shingled two-story residence, starting in an eat-in kitchen with wood-paneled walls and cabinetry in a matching finish. The updated cooking space features a range, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer. Studio lighting and exposed beams run the length of the room, and booth seating in a corner allows guests to cozy up for a meal under two large windows. 

The wood paneling and exposed beams continue throughout the first level, including in the adjacent chandeliered dining room and living room. The latter includes an antique stove and a slider.

The first-floor bedroom sports an updated look with beige walls and a door to the deck, perfect for sitting and enjoying the water view. The first of two full bathrooms in the home sits off the space and features a walk-in closet.

A floating staircase leads up to the modernized second floor, which starts with a bonus room that could be utilized as an additional bedroom. The owner suite rounds out this level, with a mauve bathroom and connected laundry room. According to the listing, the six-room home is on a barge, so it can be transported to another marina or taken off entirely and placed on land.

The home has hardwood floors.

Fairhaven Shipyard home is on Fort Street, making it part of The South Yard. According to the shipyard’s website, South Yard was originally established as a wharf and “candle works” by William Rotch Rodman in 1832. Following Rodman’s death, the buildings were used to manufacture tacks, nails, and shoes; house an ice company; and serve as naval barracks during World War I. The property became a shipyard in 1926.

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