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Photos: This adorable $1.3M Vancouver float home has amazing urban views but looks like a cottage inside

Country on the inside, city on the outside

It's not often cottage lifestyles fit into an urban setting, but for someone willing to live on the water, that's on offer.

A $1.3-million floating home has hit the market in the Coal Harbour neighbourhood. And by neighbourhood, we mean in the actual harbour. The house floats like a boat.

It's not a big home, made up mostly of a living room/kitchen/dining area on the main floor, along with two bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs. With plenty of hardwood, lots of windows, and a simple structure, it feels a bit like a cabin in Okanagan. But outside those windows is Vancouver's skyline.

Unless you're looking west, in which case it's Stanley Park, or north, in which case it's Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. Suffice it to say, there are lots of views to be jealous of here.

As with other floating homes, the price tag is just for the structure; there's no property to own here. That also means no property tax, or, as the real estate listing notes: "The chattel is exempt from pesky vacancy, speculation and PTT taxes and open to foreign buyers" (chattel means personal property, we had to look it up, too). Float homes, however, do come with other expenses, primarily mooring and maintenance fees, which can be quite pricey.