c. 1926 Boat House – Milwaukee, WI

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Added to OHD on 3/24/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/3/19   -   40 Comments

3138 N Cambridge Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

  • $199,900
  • 2 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 550 Sq Ft
  • 0.2 Ac.
You've probably never seen a real ''house boat'' like this one! Unless you walk on water, this boat allows the average mortal to enjoy grass, gardens and Cambridge Wood's trails. It's a landlubber's paradise! Originally built in 1926 as a tourist attraction, it's never seen real water and carries some of our city's best lore. Her features and charm include: oak trim/flooring, fresh galley KIT, BD/BA in the bow; LL rec room/2nd BA in the hull, porthole lights, colorful sea chart wall paper, a light house & smoking lamps. Be the next owner and carry on her legacy through the waves of history.
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James Schleif, Shorewest Realtors,
(414) 962-4413

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40 Comments on c. 1926 Boat House – Milwaukee, WI

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Be sure to check the On Milwaukee article (linked in the sources section above.)

    Thanks Rosewater for sharing!

  2. Mike says: 321 comments

    WOW. I have literally never seen anything like this before. The details…WOW…I would kill to have something like this as a weekend retreat…

  3. KH says: 1 comments

    I used to live in this neighborhood and remember this house well. I always wondered what it looked like inside. Neat.

  4. RosewaterRosewater says: 5611 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    This is just THE cutest thing ever. Great Craftsman detail and superior quality joinery thruought. Trips me out seeing that big ole masonry fireplace down in the “hull”. You’d just HAVE to install a mini beacon light in the “light house”. How fun would that be on foggy nights!

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1045 comments

      I was expecting some sort of quirky Gilligan’s Island influenced interior. Instead, this is serious Craftsman complete with a fireplace. I love it.

  5. SS Minnow!

  6. Noelle says: 25 comments

    When someone says house boat this is NOT what comes to mind… It’s nice on the inside though.

  7. Jenny says: 148 comments

    What a wonderful interior! Great find.

  8. kathy stokes-phillips says: 215 comments

    thats the funniest thing ive ever seen, he shudda made a guesthouse outta the lighthouse, lol

  9. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 988 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    This is really cool!

    Reminds me of an early 20th-century house I read about not long ago, whose guest-house looks like a steamboat. I want to say it was Art Deco. So far it’s not coming up in a search!

    • Kieran says: 8 comments

      Try searching for “streamline moderne”. Art Deco was actually a period before the one in which nautical modern style was used in houses.

      • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 988 comments
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        1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

        You’re right that I should not use Art Deco as a blanket term, but I think that’s how the article on the other home termed it. Like this house, it had a touch of whimsy. Since I posted the above comment last summer, I’ve tried several searches but have never again found the “boat guest house.”

  10. JJ says: 98 comments

    What fun! And no seasickness. I’d love to meet the person who called this place home. I’m sure they are fun!

  11. GoddessOdd says: 335 comments

    I love the “bridge” with the ship’s bell… bet everyone who comes over has to ring that bell at least once. I wonder what they have used the space in the bow for, as it looks like a pretty large but acutely triangular space from outside (maybe that’s where the head is located) Love the portholes, the subway tile in the kitchen, the amazing craftsmanship in all the woodwork, but a little disappointed that there is no ship’s wheel. If I could afford this house, I would always wear a captain’s hat.. at least for the first couple of months, anyway.

  12. Lindsay G says: 582 comments

    I’d love to own something so weird and quirky! I really like the port holes.

  13. Graham says: 158 comments

    Now that is what I call a galley kitchen 🙂

  14. Sue S. says: 306 comments

    Wow, I love it. I’d play ambient ocean sounds all the time.

  15. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted last year, back on the market with a new agent, new photos and new price. Moved to front page. 🙂

  16. Racheal says: 45 comments

    There is a bathroom picture! Just one of them though.

  17. SharonSharon says: 680 comments
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    2001 Contemporary
    Sedalia, MO

    I sure didn’t see that coming! A true Craftsman! Warm and rich wood, and the mural maps are the perfect touch. At night you can dream yourself away to rare and exotic lands.

  18. RossRoss says: 2524 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    The sophisticated interior was a nice surprise after the charmingly goofy exterior.

    The Milwaukee River is across the street, so the nautical theme makes sense.


  19. Piney says: 21 comments

    It’s craftsman style, shaped like a boat, and comes with a tiny lighthouse?! This ticks all the boxes I never thought I had.

  20. Doreen says: 236 comments

    REALLY needs a moat, doesn’t it? Or a large fountain out front with sea critters?

  21. KfideiKfidei says: 335 comments

    I hope the doorbell sounds like ships bells… or maybe a fog horn. If no moat, then I would surround the house with big fluffy hydrangeas or plumbago, or any blue flowers, so for part of the year she’d look like she was out on the blue.

    I am so confused about the layout, I wish they had included a floor plan. The cabin with two bunks is in the bow, forward of the bridge and the… lounge, I guess you’d call it. The listing says it’s two bedroom, but I only see one.
    Is the big empty area with the pole meant to be the second bedroom? That looks like far too large a space for the total square footage. I don’t even care. I would buy it in a minute if it weren’t so far north. One of the coolest houses I have ever seen.

  22. Mark Covey says: 20 comments

    The woodwork is fabulous and the bathroom fixtures look great. I’d love to have a “boat house” just like this for a lake house!

  23. Glorybe says: 146 comments

    Ships ahoy! What a delight-Pleasantly surprised with the interior & living space looks bigger than expected.
    The only thing missing is some water around the home as landscaping.
    This would be a perfectly FUN AIRBnB & certain to include a captain’s hat!

  24. hearsetrax says: 209 comments

    Love it…..

  25. NikitaEileen Krupoderov says: 31 comments

    Just wondering…in the case of a Great Flood…will this Awesome Boathouse…FLOAT…???

  26. Pamela says: 24 comments

    Thanks Kelly, this ‘houseboat’ has brought up my husbands’ dream of a house made from his beloved 757…. however, I must admit this craft is very cool!

  27. Jerry Fisher says: 18 comments

    This harkens back to the elegance of yacht design of the late 19th-early 20th centuries. I’m biased but todays ships and yachts look like a Las Vegas casino thrown over on its side into the water (and it forgot to sink) lol! The clean, streamlined look is so handsome. If I could, I’d live in this in a heartbeat. The next owner is going to be very lucky.

  28. ddbacker says: 493 comments

    The owners are really nice. They’re just a little dinghy.

  29. kimmers says: 68 comments

    The only houseboat I won’t get sea sick on!

  30. SueSue says: 494 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Best photos ever. Makes 550 feet look like 2,000. Very adorable.

  31. Zann says: 568 comments

    I was not expecting the inside to look anything like it actually does. I can’t say what I was expecting exactly, but it wasn’t something so elegant!!

    This house seriously needs to be in a Tim Burton or Mary Poppins-esque movie where the crazy uncle goes by Captain and dresses in sea faring attire, all while constantly warning about a squall coming and acting like he is steering the ship. Delightfully kooky.

  32. Dan Olson says: 1 comments

    I live in Milwaukee, not far from this property. If I had the spare capital, I’d buy it in a heartbeat and make it an AirB&B. It’s not really practical as a residence full-time, but it’s close enough to downtown to be able to rent it out every weekend as a unique alternative to hotels etc…


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