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OK – So Basically You Have Three Choices…

Seattle Houseboats market staying afloat…

We know of a few Seattle floating homes that have sold recently off market including a front row Roanoke Reef floating home …  Molly and I also know of at least two others about to hit the market so stay tuned, but if you are interested in looking at Seattle houseboats right now, you have three choices.

Seattle houseboats

Molly and I recommend this 950 square foot Seattle floating home with a rooftop deck.  It is listed for $499,950.  Here are the remarks from the MLS listing for this Eastlake houseboat:

This is a great opportunity to live life afloat and own your own moorage and great well run co-op dock! Extremely stylish floating home has a beautiful owner’s suite perched on the second floor. Nice open floor plan, kitchen with stainless steel appliances opening up to a casual great room. Fun decks and spaces, plus a roof top deck!

The other two choices are within the same Log Foundation co-op dock.  There is an adorable one on the same dock listed at $449,000 and then a couple docks South but still within the Log Foundation is an end of dock Seattle floating home still located in the Log Foundation and listed for $2,888,000.  It is on the most southern Seattle floating home dock in Eastlake so imagine the Seattle skyline views you have from there! It is supreme.

There is one other “on market” option and that is the very last homesite available at Wards’s Cove.  Ward’s Cove is the newest Seattle floating home dock and 11 out of the 12 slips have sold. It was listed for $630,000, but is currently under $600,000.  Ward’s Cove offers many amenities and some well designed floating home plan options, PLUS it is fee simple ownership.  This is RARE.  Another rare perk?  Parking!

Please let myself or Molly know if you are interested in any of these or if you would like to see something else we may have upcoming…  206.850.8841 or 206.841.6800 courtney@cooperjacobs.com or molly@cooperjacobs.com

    Floating Home For Rent: Eastlake

    Renovations nearly complete!  A complete interior remodel including new windows, furnace, kitchen, bathroom and more!

    ExteriorThe Details:
    One bedroom, one bathroom, small deck upstairs with a full 360 degree view from the bedroom.  Wood burning fireplace, full laundry room, huge wrap around deck and room for your recreational boat up to 24′.

    $3800 p/m

    NO PETS.  NO SMOKING.  AVAILABLE MID MAY – just in time for the 4th of July.

    Email me at molly@cooperjacobs.com for all inquiries.

      Floating Home For Rent in Eastlake

      A pristine floating home for rent in the totally hip and walkable Eastlake neighborhood.  Please email me directly:  molly@cooperjacobs.com if you are interested.  Serious inquiries only please.
      $3,300 per month
      One Bedroom, One Bath, Approximately 670 sq ft.
      Full size washer/dryer
      Open Floor plan with updated kitchen + breakfast bar.
      Covered Wrap around deck and 20′ of moorage.  Full turnaround waterway.
      Water, Sewer, Garbage, and moorage all included.
      First and last month’s required plus $1,500 deposit, and a $25 application fee.  References please.  No pets.  Nonsmoking.

      Available 6/1/14 – but there is an opportunity to move in by 5/15/14.

      This opportunity doesn’t come around often.  A one year lease is required.  Please include proof of renters insurance and liability.  Thank you!  An OPEN HOUSE will be scheduled by appointment only.

        Seattle Floating Homes Spring 2014 Update

        Happy Spring, Seattle! Seattle Houseboats! I always love Spring because we start to see more Seattle floating homes coming on the real estate market. This has not been the case as of yet, but Molly and I are hopeful that the inventory will increase as the days grow warmer and the sky starts being blue more than grey.

        Currently there are three Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS.  They are all on one of the three Log Foundation docks.  There are two Seattle houseboats for sale on the 2025 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation Dock.  They are priced at $449,000 for a 625 square foot one bedroom floating home ($718.40/sq ft) and $499,950 for a 950 square foot one bedroom floating home ($526.26/sq foot).  In addition to these Seattle houseboats, there is a 3 bedroom end of dock Seattle floating home for sale on the 2017 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation Dock. Again End of dock houseboat so price is set at $2,888,000 for 1000 square feet ($2,888/sq ft).

        Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

        Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

        In the MLS, there is one Seattle floating home pending, but Molly and I sold an additional off market Seattle floating home on the Roanoke Reef dock in the last couple of weeks and so we know of two pending overall. The three bedroom over at Portage Bay Place is 1500 square feet and listed for $750,000.  It is currently pending in escrow so we will keep you posted on what it sells for.  The Roanoke Reef floating home we sold is on the coveted front row of the Roanoke Reef dock located at 10 E Roanoke Street in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.  The asking price? $2,150,000.  It is scheduled to close soon so we can share additional details after it closes, but are very excited to have been able to facilitate this one.

        Overall, it is the same story:  Low Inventory.  Seattle houseboats are the ultimate in Seattle waterfront living so there is always a demand. We have several cash buyers waiting to pounce on the right one, so let us know if you are even thinking about selling. We know our Seattle houseboats buyers well and can tell immediately if your home will be a good fit for them or if you would be better served to put it on the open market.  We look forward to hearing from you and hope you have a lovely Spring and Summer!

        Here is our info if you are curious what your home is worth:  Courtney@CooperJacobs.com 206.850.8841 or Molly@CooperJacobs.com 206.841.6800

          Seattle Houseboats On Lake Union In Eastlake: Floating Home On The Market

          Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

          Interested in dipping your toes into Lake Union?

          Seattle floating homes are few and far between – there are around 500 of them in the city and only about a dozen sell each year.  Here is a one bedroom with a rooftop deck:  2025 Fairview Ave E  It is a really good option if you want a nice combination of modern ans Seattle houseboat living.  Seattle houseboats offer a unique perspective to waterfront living.

          The “Higher” Costs Of Living on A Seattle Floating Home:

          Many Seattle floating homes buyers are misinformed as to the cost of living on these.  Yes, dollar for dollar as far as square footage goes, there is a premium, but compared to other Seattle waterfront homes, this seems irrelevant.  The interesting part is that the cost of actually living in a Seattle floating home is significantly less than a land home once you purchase it.  The taxes are less and the dues cover a lot of the utilities you would pay more for in a land home.  For instance, the taxes on this Seattle floating home are only around $2000/year.  In a land home, they would be $3000 or more easily.

          Here is the description of this Seattle houseboat from the MLS:

          This is a great opportunity to live life afloat and own your own moorage and great well run co-op dock! Extremely stylish floating home has a beautiful owner’s suite perched on the second floor. Nice open floor plan, kitchen with stainless steel appliances opening up to a casual great room. Fun decks and spaces, plus a roof top deck!

          Let us know if you are interested in a private showing of this Seattle floating home or others.  We can help you find Seattle floating homes on and off the market and have our fingers on the pulse of this market.  We are happy to help you whether you are buying or selling and will work hard for you!

          Molly Cartwright (Molly@CooperJacobs.com 206.841.6800) or Courtney Cooper (Courtney@CooperJacobs.com 206.850.8841)

            Seattle Houseboats: Floating Homes Market Update

            The Seattle Houseboats market has been a little lacking as of late.  

            This is similar to other Seattle neighborhoods where inventory is difficult to come by. We do know of a few Seattle houseboats on the horizon as far as market inventory, so stay tuned and we will keep you posted, but in the mean time, I wanted to get a Seattle Houseboats floating homes market update online. Seattle houseboats for sale

            Seattle Houseboats Market Update for floating homes on Lake Union and Portage Bay:

            Currently there are four Seattle houseboats listings which are Seattle floating homes. Interestingly enough, these Seattle houseboats are priced across the board.  There are two Seattle houseboats that are one bedrooms and listed at $449,000 and the new listing priced at $525,000.  These are both in Eastlake and are wonderful choices and happen to be on the same dock.  The dock these two are on is one of the most well run Seattle floating homes co-ops on Lake Union.  It consists of three docks belonging to “The Log Foundation” and is known for its great reputation.  The three docks in The Log Foundation are the most Southern Eastlake docks that there are so they are a great choice for views and also if you happen to be commuting to South Lake Union (Amazon).  Cats are ok and small lap dogs, too, but you still have to get them approved by the board.

            2025 Fairview Ave E #R is the newest one listed of these four.  It is a one bedroom/one bath home with the awesome roof top deck everyone wants when they think Seattle houseboats. It is 950 square feet and has a great spot to have your boat alongside.  This home is part of the larger cooperative (The Log Foundation) and they own the moorage slips,  so it is a secure way to own a Seattle floating home.  Let myself or Molly know if you want to see this one or any of them.

            seattle houseboatsThere is a great Portage Bay houseboat for sale right now and also another end of dock Eastlake home.  These are priced at $750,000 and $2,888,000.  Personally, I think the Portage Bay floating home is a great buy. Molly and I have sold end of dock Seattle houseboats and look forward to seeing some great ones come on the market as we have a few buyers ready and willing and eager to purchase an end of dock home.  After all, this is Seattle waterfront living at its best!

            OH!  Almost forgot!  If you are interested in Seattle New Construction floating homes, then there is one more slip available in the MLS for the newest Seattle houseboats dock, Ward’s Cove.  This is floating homes – not vessels or barges and the new floating home does have to meet certain building requirements and specifications.

            We are happy to walk you through any of this. Have a great day! 

              For Sale: A New Floating Home Hits The Market

              A New Floating Home Hits The Market!

              After weeks and weeks of no or very, very low inventory for Seattle houseboats on Lake Union.  IMG_2406This one bedroom, one bathroom Seattle floating  home has expansive Lake Union views from the roof top deck.  Situated on a popular Eastlake co-op dock with low dues and room for your boat!  Eastlake, the largest floating home community, offers short commutes to I-5, South Lake Union, and the Burke Gilman Trail.  You also eould be right on the Lake Union Loop which connects to the Burke Gilman.

              If you have ever thought about Seattle Houseboats then this is a great opportunity to start living this wonderful lifestyle of sun, water, friends, and fun spaces.  Contact us for more questions or a private showing.

              From the Listing for this Seattle floating home in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood: 

              This is a great opportunity to live life afloat and own your own moorage and great well run co-op dock! Extremely stylish Seattle floating home has a beautiful owner’s suite perched on the second floor.  Nice open floor plan, kitchen with stainless steel appliances opening up to a casual great room.  Fun decks and spaces, plus a roof top deck!

              Molly@CooperJacobs.com  Courtney@Cooperjacobs.com

              More Seattle real estate listings at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate.

                For Rent! End of Dock Floating Home NOW RENTED

                THIS IS IT!  You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to rent this prime end of dock Eastlake floating homeEnd of dock view1Equipped with out-of-sight westerly views and sunsets, right on the waterway, and moorage for your boat.  Get this – the 4th of July fireworks barge parked right in front of your deck!

                Lofty one bedroom with huge master bathroom and two closets.  Additionally, there is an upper office loft area with a full bathroom.  Perfect for an office or as a guest room/second bedroom.  Open the sliding door to your private deck from upstairs.

                Cozy wood burning fireplace in the living room, views of the waterway from the kitchen and dining room.  Ample storage allocated in a huge laundry room.  Many other special touches.

                Owner will be replacing kitchen stove top, sink, faucet and counters along with fresh paint and floors.  Stainless steel appliances, large pantry and an equally large wine refrigerator.

                1500 square feet of pure Seattle houseboat living plus 500 square feet of deck to lounge about.

                DETAILS:  Please read carefully.
                Available March 1st.   More pictures coming.
                PRIVATE DOCK!  Please showings available by appointment beginning January 1st.
                $5500 p/m.  First/Last/Deposit/ Credit Check
                No smoking.
                One year lease.
                Short term leases may be available with a higher monthly rate.

                Email requests only please at this time.  molly@cooperjacobs.com

                Bathroom Loft looking down Master Wide exterior of front Wide kitchen

                  Housebarge For RENT + Moorage: NOW RENTED

                  exterior2Housebarge For Rent + Moorage:  NOW RENTED
                  Totally move in ready housebarge located in Gas Works Park Marina in North Lake Union now for rent or sale!

                  “Captain’s Quarters” is a perfect size at 32 x 12 foot with a full bathroom, large sleeping loft, great galley with gas range and upgrade copper plumbing.  She has two decks in the aft and forward.  The hull is flat with two 6 inch keels constructed of stacked 2×6 timbers.  It has a fiberglass sheath over marina plywood, painted with anti-fouling coating.  Carrier gas furnace and 40 gallon black water tank.

                  Cabana for laundry and extra restrooms and showers steps away.  Off street parking.  Fabulous fun and a piece of Seattle’s houseboat lifestyle.

                  In addition, this housebarge has extra moorage attached to accommodate up to an 18′ boat.  Grandfathered rights on Lake Union.

                  This housebarge is also for SALE: $299,000 furniture included if requested.
                  Asking $1500 p/m for rent available at the end of December.


                    A Year In A Glance for Seattle Floating Home Sales in 2013

                    Wallingford ViewA Year In A Glance for Seattle Floating Home Sales in 2013

                    It’s official!  The numbers are in and as we near the end of 2013, it’s been a great year for floating home sales.  I excused any vessels –  which would be houseboats and housebarges that sold during 2012 and 2013.  So these statistics are just floating homes on Lake Union and Portage Bay.

                    The same number of floating homes sold this year as last year (19 in total) but the great news is there were less days on the market (95 days compared to 145 days in 2012) and the home prices increased from $589.51 per square foot to $770.65 a square foot for this year.   The median price for 2013 is $855,00 taking the highest sold this year ($1,450,000) and the lowest ($455,000).  In 2012, the median price was $537,000 (highest sold in 2012 was $3M and the lowest was $250,000).

                    So if you’re a floating home owner, this is great news!  As you might have guessed, we had a phenomenal year with land homes - many receiving 10 to 20 offers and up to $80,000+ over list price. I come across a lot of prospective floating home buyers but because floating homes are limited to only about 500 of them, the buyer must wait for the right one for them to become available.  There isn’t really multiple offers for them or bids that go over list price, if at all.  Having 19 floating homes sell this year is simply awesome.

                    If you’re a floating home owner and thinking of selling, please contact us, Molly or Courtney for a free analysis and to chat about your goals.
                    If you’re a floating home buyer and thinking of buying in 2014, it’s a good idea to get informed now of how these transactions work as they’re a little different.