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Check out this eco-friendly floating mansion starting at $5.5 million

Houseboat of the future is a $5.5 million floating mansion

Arkup’s eco-friendly luxury yacht, the mansion on water is a marvel whether you choose to tie up at a dock, cruise around the ocean or live above the water. The houseboat can be yours for about $6 million, or more.
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Arkup’s eco-friendly luxury yacht, the mansion on water is a marvel whether you choose to tie up at a dock, cruise around the ocean or live above the water. The houseboat can be yours for about $6 million, or more.

The houseboat of the future. A glamorous floating motor home. The “first electrical livable yacht.”

However you choose to describe Arkup’s eco-friendly luxury yacht, the mansion on water is a marvel whether you choose to tie up at a dock, cruise around the ocean or live above the water.

Measuring 75 feet in length, with 4,350 square feet of open-plan space, the property “can withstand a Category Four hurricane and provide a grand lifestyle off the grid almost anywhere there is water,” according to property website toptenrealestatedeals.com. “With no yard work or property taxes.”

“Arkup is the next generation floating home,” Nicolas Derouin, co-founder and managing director of Arkup, told News 7, a Miami television station. “It’s a vessel, self-sustained, sustainable, that provides a feeling of a villa on the water.”

Arkup’s waterfront villa runs clean, thanks to 2,300 square feet of rooftop solar panels. The floating home’s hydraulic stilts can lift it 40 feet above the water.

The boat has four upstairs bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, a lounge, dining area, kitchen and bathroom.

With its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, views of any ocean, bay, lake or river will go unobstructed. A two-berth crew cabin also can be used as an office. There’s a laundry room with washer and dryer. Off the master suite, a balcony and free-standing Jacuzzi is featured.

The houseboat was designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis. The boat’s two noise-free electric thrusters of 136 horsepower propel the yacht up to 7 knots, so owners can cruise just about anywhere on a sea or lake.

Rainwater is collected from the vessel's roof, and then stored in the hull and purified for use, according to Arkup.

The cost? Arkup has options.

You can charter the houseboat before making a decision at $6,000 a night for eight guests, according to toptenrealestatedeals.com. Or, purchase it outright starting for $5.5 million and running up to $12 million. A completely furnished and decorated floating villa on offer now is priced at $5.9 million.

Arkup is co-brokered by Marius Koller of MK Miami Real Estate and Antonio Maldonado, Advantaged Yacht Charters, both located in Miami.

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