Floating Bungalows – A Whole New Lifestyle Made in Sanford FL

Floating Bungalows – A Whole New Lifestyle Made in Sanford FL

Floating Bungalows in Central Florida

Central Florida House BoatsAs Realtors we hear people talking about downsizing quite often. In fact, more and more people are craving a much simpler lifestyle – tossing anything that isn’t absolutely necessary and focusing on life itself, rather than spending their hard earned dollars on maintaining and cleaning a larger home. Warren and Cynthia Billings’ version of downsizing however goes a lot further: they have constructed a just over 500 square feet… floating bungalow! And what better lake to dock their new dream home than Lake Monroe, right here in Sanford, FL.

Central Florida House Boats in Sanford FL

Central Florida House Boats in Sanford FLI had been following Floating Bungalows on Facebook for about half a year (which is about the time frame it took to build this perfectly unique home, or shall I say boat?) and finally visited them last weekend to take a little tour and chat with Warren about his and Cynthia’s amazing project.

Their big launch date is set for Saturday, November 22nd, at the Port of Sanford. The christening will be held at 2pm, followed by free tours of the lovely bungalow until 5pm. You will have another chance to tour the home on Sunday from 10am-5pm. Since the bungalow was already launched into the St. Johns River this afternoon (November 20) you will be able to get the full experience! Everybody is welcome, so stop by if you have time and see this beauty for yourself 😉 Cynthia and Warren are looking forward to showing you their work and answering all your questions.

Central Florida House Boats in Sanford FL

The bungalow will be on the docks closest to land for several weeks so you can stop by any time to take a look at the barge from the outside. After that she will be moved out to the end of the docks and you will have to make an appointment to see her (call 407-312-2721).

Central Florida House Boats in Sanford FLThe bungalow mimics the historic charme of Sanford’s Victorian beauties perfectly and I can’t wait to see more of these pretty little boats on Lake Monroe. Could it be that one day Sanford might turn into a small version of Seattle, which is currently home to hundreds of gorgeous house boats and barges? What if they could be turned into little bed an breakfast bungalows at the marina, or little speciality restaurants? #mydreamforsanford

As I was walking through the bungalow I could immediately see that this home was built with the highest standards. The gorgeous hardwood floors, granite counters and top of the line stainless steel appliances give the home a luxurious feel. I loved the attention to detail! BBQ party at your boat? Use the convenient mini grill that is attached to the back porch!


Great views will always be guaranteed with lots of windows throughout. Naturally, that tops views of a regular lake front home every day. Relaxing on your porch will have a whole new meaning as you watch the sun rise and set over the water.

Inside Central Florida House Boats in Sanford FL

floating-bungalow-bedroomThe upstairs loft is the home’s retreat and even offers a walk in closet. Look through a beautiful stained glass window every morning as the sunlight slowly enters (unless you are sitting on your porch to enjoy the priceless sunrise over the lake that is). Of course there is also a full bath, and I promise it’s bigger than what you might expect. Did I mention that the Billings even thought about a little laundry room off the back porch. Compact and complete, this place will quite literally float your boat!

With Floating Bungalows a new lifestyle has been introduced to Sanford and Central Florida, one that will certainly be embraced by just the right audience, and I am a tad bit jealous that this type of carefree living won’t be ours for many years to come.


This floating bungalow could be yours soon! It is actually for sale at $225,000 (fully furnished!) and comes with a brand new 14′ pontoon boat tied to your front porch. Floating Bungalows plans the production of about 4-6 barges every year.

Now, I am sure you have plenty of questions. Please visit the FAQ page of Floating Bungalows and browse through the page to find out more about the building process and the people behind Floating Bungalows.

Floating Bungalows
PO Box 470196
Lake Monroe, Florida
(407) 312-2721
Web Site: FloatingBungalows.com

Below are some more pictures I snapped when I visited Floating Bungalows before completion and some pictures provided by Floating Bungalows to Sanford365 (some of them of the actual launch into the St. John’s River at the Port of Sanford!).


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UPDATE, 11/22/14:
Pictures of the christening today submitted by Sanford365 Fans Megan Rogers and Stacie Pojero…





About The Author


Hi, my name is Claudia! I live, work and play in Sanford, FL. To top it all off, I am also totally in love with Sanford! My husband Jose and I are Realtors in Sanford, FL and help people realize their dreams of home ownership. We have two sons, Nicolas (2011) and Lukas (2013). I am originally from Germany, moved here in 2004. In 2008 I started Sanford365.com. I love everything that says creativity. Design is my passion, no matter if Graphic, Web or Fashion Design - and I am also into photography :) I'm also very social and love to hang out with my family and friends, be it for a kids play date or a fun night out ;)


  1. Charlie Fusco

    I would LOVE one of these. I’m an artist and writer. A floating bungelow would be heaven.

    • Claudia

      Charlie, I am sure the bungalow would inspire your creativity 🙂

  2. Janet Dailey

    How much do they cost?

    • Claudia

      Hi Janet, they are $225,000 and come fully furnished and with a 14′ pontoon boat.

  3. Sherry

    love it, way to go Warren and Russ

  4. Raoul

    Could not believe my eyes when I entered the marina via boat this afternoon. Not only a great idea as a residence, but it sure made me smile to see how beautiful it is in the marina. I had to take photos.

  5. David C. Burdick, Construction Manager

    Dead bolt on front door needs to be key-keyed when there is glass w/in 4 ft. of an exterior door.

  6. Bill Rubenstein

    Two questions.

    Is the berth included in the price?

    Also, being seniors and I’m having my knee replaced in two weeks, any chance of having the stateroom on the first floor?

    • Claudia

      Thank you for your comment, Bill. I have forwarded your questions to Cynthia so she will be in touch with you shortly via email 😉

  7. Cristina

    Hello, very new in this way of life but I love it, I have no idea of how much will it cost x month to have a flaoting house in a Marina, and if this kind of structure has limitations to locate it or if it is allowed to place it in any Marina

  8. tammy singley

    i live in Hollywood florida 33021 i want one of these how do i go about it an do you deliver?

    • Cynthia

      Hi Tammy
      Give me a call at 407-312-2721 and I can go over that with you!

  9. Susan Barrus

    I would love a bungalow houseboat but may need to move it to North Carolina. Is that a problem?


  10. Lois

    Are these beautiful floating homes still being sold?

    • Claudia

      Hi Lois, yes, they are. You can find Floating Bungalows on Facebook to contact the owners directly or visit floatingbungalows.com

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