Alas, Ariel, your siren song has been ignored once again. Due to the housing shortage in Amsterdam, people are allowed to live in houseboats. It's a very romantic solution to a perennial urban problem. I presume that the boats are fairly permanent and hooked up to the sewage system, because the canals are very clean!!
I don't know the exact count, but there must be hundreds of these charming houseboats moored up and down the city's waterways.
This one has its own arched entrance, with a small patio on the "pier." In fact, many of the houseboats actually had tiny gardens right on their decks.
There is no subdivision blandness here, just a little magic in an urban environment. I think we need a few in Toronto.
Have a great day!!