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MV Encore, Fresh Wharf near Highbridge Road

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4BR / 1Ba 1100m2 available may 18

laundry on site
street parking

I am selling my houseboat - she's 100ft long by 15ft wide, and comes with a residential mooring in Barking. Inside, it's pretty much like living in a regular house/flat - central heating, broadband, domestic plumbing, full height ceilings. There are 4 comfortable bedrooms; the largest is around 15ft by 15ft.The smallest is the former skipper's room, under the kitchen - cosy, private and out of the way.

There is a fair amount of storage, including a utility room, space in the loft, and the former crew quarters.

The main caveats are that while the redevelopment of the mooring site is happening, access to the boat requires crossing two other boats, and is not suitable for people with accessibility challenges.This should change in 2021. Access from the entrance (in the wheelhouse) to the main living areas is down a steep staircase - again, not suitable for people with accessibility challenges, though my kids have managed it from the age they could walk.

The mooring is on Barking Creek; the area is being redeveloped right now, and in 2 years, the moorings will alongside a new residential development, with shops and cafes as well as public space. Barking station is around 15 minutes walk, and the bus stop is at the end of the road.The mooring is fully residential, with Council permission, electricity, water and broadband.

I'm still digging out photos of the exterior - I've taken most of the steelwork down to metal and coated in primer, ready for a top coat this summer. She's in the shape of a "spits" or "peniche", and mostly original. She has a working Detroit Diesel engine, and if you know what you're doing, you can use her as a cruising home.

Please make sure you research financing for boat purchases - if you google "marine mortgage", you should get an idea of what's possible. Monthly outgoings are pretty low, but you will have to pay mooring fees, council tax and utilities; central heating is via a diesel boiler, and roughly on a par with heating a 4-bed house in terms of cost.
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