PORTLAND Everyone knows that moving is a hassle, especially if you are moving the whole house, literally down river.

But it s just another day for the folks at Ducks Moorage 11699 NE Marine Dr. At about 6 a.m. Wednesday, a crew pushed Ducks latest custom-built floating home into the water and readied it for a 12-hour trip down river.

By 8 a.m. startled neighbors, seeing a house floating down by the Glenn Jackson Bridge, started calling around to make sure someone s home hadn t broken lose.

It s not something you see every day, said Duane Dominguez of nearby Columbia Ridge Marina.

The 2,000 square foot, single-story home costs about $229,000. On Wednesday it headed down the Columbia and down the Willamette to its final moorage at Rocky Pointe Marina, according to Denise Olson at Ducks.

Though the home is custom-built, it doesn t have any fancy features like a trap door you can fish through or an underwater fireplace.

It s just a nice home for a couple to live in, Olson said.

The company builds floating homes from the modestly scaled to $1 million, multi-story houses. Olson said business is picking up and that s keeping them and a host of subcontractors busy.

It takes a lot of river rats to get something like this going, Olson said.

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