Narrow boats are guided through the lock at the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon. As housing prices in Britain go up, more and more people are opting to trade homes and apartments for boats. Many boat owners continuously sail rivers and canals without a permanent boat berth. According to The Independent in London, waiting times for residential moorings along the River Thames are up to three years, with more than 300 people already on the list.
Sixty-foot narrow boats range in price from £30,000 to £120,000. Additional costs include licenses, moorings and insurance, as well as council tax for a residential mooring. But when the average house price in the UK is nearly £200,000 (about 377,000 dollars or 296,000 euros) - prices in London are considerably higher - one begins to understand the appeal of narrow boats. Some people buy two: one on which to live; the other to store furniture and belongings that don't fit in their primary boat.
A hostelerie near William Shakespeare' s and Anne Hathaway's final residence in Stratford-upon-Avon shows the timber and latticed windows popular in Elizabethan times. While the building has been demolished, the foundation of Shakespeare's last house is visible in a landscaped garden open to the public.