Sausalito Art Galleries - House Boats

Sausalito House Boat Community


Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour on September 24, 2016

SAUSALITO, CA.,  – Marin County’s floating homes have captured the imagination of locals and tourists for decades. Some are drawn to the famously funky bohemian castaway dwellings, while others are fascinated by the architectural marvels taking shape on the recently renovated docks, complete with exotic flora and fauna.

Indeed, each of the 10 floating homes chosen for the 2016 Sausalito Floating Home Tour exemplifies the features that have made Sausalito's waterfront a destination for this annual tour since 1985. 

Some may be surprised to learn some of these ‘homes’ were built on the cheap after World War II, using war surplus landing craft, decommissioned ferries, hay barges and other sea worthy vessels. A clear example can be found on this year’s tour of the South Forty Pier with the “S.S. Maggie” an 1890 steam schooner which plied local and coastal waters, carrying light cargo from Monterey to Ft. Bragg. Maggie “retired” in the 1930s, but then got her second wind in the Sausalito floating homes community and became the home of such famous residents as exercise guru Jack La Lanne and cartoonist Herb Williams. In the 1990s, a restoration was begun to address her nearly fatal deterioration. With a hull so rotten and holed by worms that the rising tide threatened to settle her onto the bottom of Richardson Bay, the owners gave her a new concrete hull, cast to her original shape. And while further renovations have made her the grand dame you see today, the S.S. Maggie maintains her personality, with wooden pegs in lieu of spikes and bolts, and her original Coast Guard numbers carved into the aft cross beam.

 In addition to the floating homes, visitors can anticipate mouth-watering food from local restaurants including Cousins Main Lobster, and a full day of fun from the floating homes community of artists, including music from Joe Tate; books on waterfront living; and  artwork from seven artists, including photographer Emily Riddell, who will sell her 2017 Floating Homes Calendar from the Green. For a full lineup of vendors and artists, visit our tour info page.

 Free shuttles with nearby parking from Gateway Shopping Center make visiting the floating homes community easy and convenient. The tour is self-guided, with directional handouts and docents available to answer questions.

 The Tour is sponsored by the Floating Homes Association, a non-profit volunteer organization, with proceeds partially benefiting Sausalito Village, Friends of the Marin City Library, and the Marine Mammal Center. Volunteers receive a free ticket to the tour, a free commemorative t-shirt, and are invited to the volunteer after-party.   Click HERE to volunteer. 

 This event is anticipated to sell out, and the $50 advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available at or by calling 415-332-1916. A limited number of tickets will be available on the day of the tour for $60 each. 




10th Annual Artists Of Issaquah Show, [ Event on Hold ]

Savor Art On The Water In Sausalito

Sausalito, CA....This is a totally Sausalito event. Dates TBA, 11am – 5pm Sausalito’s colorful floating homes community will present the Artists of Issaquah free exhibition. Guests will have an opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of outstanding art, while getting a rare chance to visit some of the most unique homes in the world.

20 floating home resident artists will be offering paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, wooden bowls and mixed media work at reasonable prices.

The Sausalito floating homes community includes some 400 houseboats and boasts a rich history of creative expression. The Artists of Issaquah are maintaining this tradition at their tenth annual exhibition.

For more information please visit the website at

How to get there: Take the Sausalito/Marin City exit from Highway 101, go east right away into the Waldo Point Harbor parking lot; park anywhere; take the Issaquah Dock entry bridge; look for the “gallery” houseboats marked by balloons

10th Annual Artists Of Issaquah Show
Issaquah Dock, Waldo Point Harbor
Bridgeway and Gate 6 Road, Sausalito, CA
Dates TBA, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free admission

How to get there: From north or south, take the Sausalito/Marin City exit from Highway 101, go east at Bridgeway, into the Waldo Point Harbor parking lot; park anywhere; take the Issaquah Dock entry bridge; look for the marked “gallery houseboats”.

Visit the "Artists of Issaquah" web site, which is the Artist Community within the Sausalito House Boat Community."  for more details about their annual event. We invite you to take a Photo Tour of a recent event and of a few of the exhibiting Houseboat Art Galleries.




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