House floating down Columbia alarms neighbors

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

KING5.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 2:34 PM

PORTLAND – Everyone knows that moving is a hassle, especially if you are moving the whole house, literally down river.

But it’s just another day for the folks at Ducks Moorage 11699 NE Marine Dr.  At about 6 a.m. Wednesday, a crew pushed Ducks’ latest custom-built floating home into the water and readied it for a 12-hour trip down river.

By 8 a.m. startled neighbors, seeing a house floating down by the Glenn Jackson Bridge, started calling around to make sure someone’s home hadn’t broken lose.

“It’s not something you see every day,” said Duane Dominguez of nearby Columbia Ridge Marina.

The 2,000 square foot, single-story home costs about $229,000. On Wednesday it headed down the Columbia and down the Willamette to its final moorage at Rocky Pointe Marina, according to Denise Olson at Ducks.

Though the home is custom-built, it doesn’t have any fancy features like a trap door you can fish through or an underwater fireplace.

“It’s just a nice home for a couple to live in,” Olson said.

The company builds floating homes from the modestly scaled to $1 million, multi-story houses. Olson said business is picking up and that’s keeping them and a host of subcontractors busy.

“It takes a lot of river rats to get something like this going,” Olson said.

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