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Seattle Houseboats Living: Floating Home Just Listed

Incredible community in Seattle! Small neighborhood feel while living in the middle of the city. Natural setting and the sounds of water offer the perfect city life.

Seattle houseboats living at its best in this cool Eastlake Floating home!

Have you thought about life in Seattle on a houseboat or floating home? Seattle houseboats living afloat is fabulous and here is a great floating home available now! Best panoramic views of Lake Union and beyond from your expansive rooftop deck on this super cool Seattle floating home in sought after Eastlake. Beautiful floating Seattle oasis with owner’s suite includes gorgeous bath and its own private southwest facing deck to admire the lake activity. One more bedroom or office on this level. Travel upstairs and capture incredible natural light and open concept with living room, dining room, eat in kitchen and half bath. Innotech tilt & turn windows are also special finds on floating homes.

Everyone who dreams of Seattle Houseboats Living, wants a great outdoor space, so we especially love the deck conveniently off this level for grilling up dinner. Then there is the rooftop deck! Seattle floating homes with rooftop decks are always on wish lists, but to find one so large is truly your own private “backyard”.

This is a great dock filled with awesome floating home and land neighbors and in a wonderful location. Living on a Seattle floating home is an absolute great way to enjoy all that the city has to offer while being in your own private water world with nature. It really makes the outside world melt away and is also great for easy access to water sports! $1,600,000

Details of this Seattle Floating Home

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1.5 baths
  • 1155 Square feet
  • $550/month dues cover water, sewer, garbage, taxes on submerged parcel
  • roof top deck
  • co-op dock so you own a share in the dock to secure your slip ownership.
  • Full Listing and to schedule and appt: 2031 Fairview Ave E Slip E
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Seattle Houseboats Realtors: Courtney Cooper / Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800

Let us tour you through this beautiful floating home! Molly and Courtney are Seattle Floating homes experts and here to be your absolute advocates when it comes to houseboats living. We can help you from start to finish and beyond and welcome you to our beloved neighborhood. Have questions? 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 houseboats@coopercartwright.com

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Let’s Talk Home Sales: Covid-19 And Real Estate On The Lake

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Obviously Coronavirus and Covid-19 have had a mind blowing effect on the world we live in. Real estate is no different in that regard.  When the governor first shut the state down, we were worried about the impact that this would have on our economy overall, but specifically with regard to Seattle real estate and especially the Seattle floating homes market which is my home. What we have found is an actual significant uptick in the Seattle houseboats and floating homes market.  My ongoing theory has been that people would much rather be quarantined to the natural beauty of our floating homes neighborhood rather than stuck somewhere else. While I have worried for my friends and family, I personally have really enjoyed being quarantined at home with my son. It doesn’t quite feel like being shut in when you have the boat parade and water scenery before you all the time. Walks around Lake Union, Portage Bay, through the empty UW campus, and surrounding neighborhoods have added depth to our experiences, but I keep coming back to the peace and serenity I feel on the water. I think that this global pandemic has caused a lot of people to reevaluate their living situations.

So how has this affected our Seattle floating home community’s real estate market? 

Seattle houseboats Realtors Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright with Seattle Afloat at KW North Seattle getting a floating home ready to be shown.

Surprisingly well believe it or not!  I ran numbers on Seattle floating home sales beginning with the lock down (not including other kinds of houseboats – just floating homes). The dates are 3/16/20-6/27/20 as of this writing. I then ran the numbers for the same period in 2019.  The results are astounding!  We have a 217.60% increase in volume year over year.  This accurately represents what we are experiencing. 

March 16th – June 27th 2020:  Ten Seattle floating homes are either Pending or have sold during this time frame with a total volume of $15,841,000.  Molly Cartwright and I were/are involved with  eight out of ten of these or 80% of the ten floating homes sold or pending. 

March 16 – June 27th 2019: Five Seattle floating homes sold during this same time period in 2019. HALF! The volume was even lower at $7,280,000.  Molly and I were involved in three out of the five of these sales or in other words 60% of the homes that sold during that time. 

Uptick in Seattle Houseboats real estate seems to boil down to a few things: 

  • More targeted and precise marketing by us for floating homes listed
  • More serious Seattle houseboats buyers – they are goal oriented, qualified, and determined.
  • More desirable floating homes to be quarantined to – our Seattle houseboats community overall is magical
  • Increased availability – Some of our long time residents have decided to sell what I consider to be legacy properties resulting in floating homes that we haven’t seen listed in decades.

As a real estate broker, I can say that our industry has been turned upside down with this.  We have added more virtual tours, photographs, video walkthroughs, and property films than ever before. There have been no open houses.  When we were finally allowed to show or inspect homes it was with limited people to the point that in the beginning husbands and wives had to take turns looking with one of us.  Masks and gloves are the new norm.  Inspections were performed with the agent and inspector facetiming the buyers out in their car.  No flyers.  No business cards.  No new signs because the sign company was not considered essential.  Even moving companies were not considered essential. The state has opened up more and it is easier to buy and sell real estate, but restrictions are still in place and will be for a long time. We adapt and excel.  Change is always inevitable and it is important to be able to switch gears to best represent your clients safely.  We have got this! 

The restrictions put in place over this pandemic have actually been beneficial for our sellers who understand and follow our advice. Open houses do not sell homes and invited a lot of “lookie loos” and we spent a lot of effort educating what were sometimes just tourists about our lifestyle on the lake. We are now able to qualify buyer prospects more stringently and we go through an entire run down before we ever go in a house. We sanitize our listings before and after showings. We make sure anyone in your home is wearing masks and gloves. Marketing material is virtual and so our sellers have a “leg up” because we already are the leaders online for floating home marketing. It has been fascinating to watch some of these properties change hands.  

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Thank you. Molly and I are so very thankful for the opportunity and grateful for the chance to advocate for you and this special neighborhood of floating homes in which I call home. We will never take it for granted. Please reach out if you need anything at all houseboats@coopercartwright.com 206-841-6800 or 206-850-8841

Speechless In Seattle Just Launched

Stunning Contemporary Mediterranean floating home with primitive accents, inspired by Italy and nearly 50 feet of water frontage. $3,750,000 call/text Molly Cartwright & Courtney Cooper for your private tour. 206-841-6800

An overwhelming star of the last Seattle Floating Homes Association Tour, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a front row view to the city and Lake Union. We are truly Speechless in Seattle! This gorgeous Seattle floating home is an Italian inspired masterpiece and an absolute work of art. Offering a half-mile of open Lake Union & iconic grand city views including the Space Needle!

Thoughtful details are all reminiscent of the water and surrounding environment. Extremely rare front row opportunity on the most southern dock with nearly 50 feet of water frontage. Entertainer’s paradise with large artful spaces, endless views, high end cook’s kitchen, dining spaces, & outdoor paradise.

Some of the artful details of this stunner…

The Front Entry – The exterior siding surrounding the entry walls is an art installation inspired by the lake water. It consists of hand-adzed cedar planks. Custom-made marine grade steel door (450 lbs!) in vibrant red. If unlocked it will not blow open in heavy winds! The door bell is wired for voice and camera. Once inside, there is a nice wall for art. The door to the coat closet includes a carved Nuristan panel and a lost wax cast door handle. 

Living Room – Open room with giant window framing the grand iconic view that will leave any viewer “speechless”!! The dining area gives a front row seat to the view. Two Murano glass fixtures flank the arched entry to this room. Magically, the ceiling is curved! The carpenter was formerly a boat builder and loved curves. Watching the light dance across the ceiling is an exercise in peace and solitude. The colorful glass swivels are reminiscent of the city’s reflection at night when colorful bands wiggle. There is a Danish woodburning stove that includes a bake oven. A slab of Calacatta marble is the backdrop behind the woodstove. The stone is carved into a pattern reminiscent of wind on the lake waters. the  room is setup for Surround Sound with attractive speakers by Vienna Acoustics. Bifold doors lead to deck space that is great for a grill and friends.

Gourmet Cook’s kitchen has every detail accounted for….including the view.

Kitchen – The kitchen was designed by a gourmet cook who loves to entertain! This custom kitchen includes generous counter space and cupboards veneered with bigleaf Maple. The kitchen has a main work area and a smaller bar area. The cityscape and Space Needle are framed by a half moon tilting window facing south. There are two Bosch ovens, a Miele dishwasher, Best stove hood, Thermador electric stovetop, disposal, and a stainless steel double sink. A stainless steel pot rack hangs near to the stove. There are wood shelves and Rossli glass shelves. The counter tops are of Blue Bahia stone slabs. The bar area includes a countertop with a pull out cutting board, a small sink, an undercounter SubZero refrigerator, and glass and wood shelving for displaying glassware. There is a Marzocco Espresso machine. Also, in this part of the kitchen, there are two large pullout pantries, a SubZero 146 bottle wine cellar, a cupboard for cleaning supplies, two small and one large cupboard, and a hidden Miele stacked washer/dryer tucked back in the utility area. In addition, the kitchen has a sitting area that extends from the curved wall beneath the spiral staircase to the custom-made tri fold doors that open up to the patio, making for a beautiful indoor-outdoor space in the middle of the winter months.

Master Bedroom, upstairs – The master bedroom has custom cabinetry to each side of a king sized Murphy bed, which gives the flexibility to use of the space. The wood is washed with a denim blue hue. The faux walls and ceiling are in sunshine colors that complement the monochromatic hues of rainy season. The custom wrought iron curtain rod is an art installation, a collaborative piece by two Seattle artists. The curtains are made of JAB designer fabric from Italy- a white linen-cotton-silk sheer with a Matisse-like pattern and an opaque sky blue curtain also of natural materials. This room has a grand half-moon window that looks south to the city and the Space Needle- speechless!!! Centered in the grand arch is a Juliet balcony with a custom carved metal railing by renowned local artist Blair Robbins, inspired by lake waters.

Few people have the opportunity of ever seeing this view – a half-mile of open lake, the shipyard, the city, the Space Needle!! There is a deck on the west side of the master bedroom, which is perfect for watching the July 4th fireworks! Also, it is a nice private retreat. Exterior steps lead to the upper deck. The siding on the upper deck is an art installation of hand-adzed cedar planks that are reminiscent of the ever-changing surface textures of the lake waters. 

Master Bathroom, upstairs – The entry to this bathroom is a custom Nuristan sliding door. Upon entry, one is welcome by deep indigo walls with clean whites! Radiant-heater floor of contemporary white, ceramic flat pebble mosaic. Tyrell & Lang’s ‘Rosebud’ tub of stone resin, an elegant organic form. The north wall is Mediterranean blue Italian ceramic tiles representing the sea, with a band of Calcutta marble carved with a pattern resembling beach ripples at low tide. The sink commode is contemporary Italian, as is the tall, narrow rotating storage unit. Toto toilet. The shower is a quarter-round with walls of Mediterranean blue Italian ceramic tiles. The rounded glass enclosure is also Italian. There is a custom Calcutta marble rim. The towel warmer, too, is Italian. 

Artsy & Unique as is Life On Water

Every detail throughout this home was carefully thought out. It is contemporary Mediterranean with primitive accents, inspired by travels in Italy. It is minimalist, light and airy, colorful and inviting.

Please reach out to Seattle floating homes specialists Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright for additional details and information on this once in a lifetime paradise. 206-841-6800/206-850-8841

Welcome To The Shelby Dock

Welcome to the newly redone Shelby Dock! Upscale dock rebuild and incredible channel views make this the ideal spot to call home! Just listed by Molly Cartwright and Courtney Cooper for $765,000 call/text Molly or Courtney to see it 206-841-6800/206-850-8841

Seattle floating homes in Portage Bay have been well sought after in recent years. Here is one that hasn’t changed hands for forty years! Its adorable, too! Ready for its legacy to be passed on to its next occupant, this sweet floating home is the princess of houseboats! From the moment you step down Shelby Street in Portage Bay, you may have the same feeling that most residents here have – one of your shoulders relaxing and the entire day melting away. Many times, I have heard of this account and experience it myself on a regular basis. This truly is peaceful Portage Bay, but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening here! This home has an incredible channel view to the full boat parade! If that’s not enough jump into your kayak or paddle out on your SUP.

One bedroom with large walk in closet and super cool historical Jalousie windows, stacking washer and dryer and all fir floors throughout. This is a gem and has a large covered wrap around deck complete with haint paint in the eves. Enjoy your fun neighbors and the private coveted lush garden on the shores of this cooperatively owned moorage’s property. In addiiton, it comes with on shore storage at no additional charge. The monthly dues cover all your utilities except for electricity and cable.internet, and the home is equipped with a super efficiient newer pellet stove.

Enjoy living on the banks of Portage Bay in this incredible part of town. So close to Little Lago, that the lovely smalls of their wood fired pizza and hand made espresso drinks billow through the air when the gentle breezes go by. Located on the Portage Bay Loop, this is a great spot to jump on the 3.2 mile loop around the bay which is the eastern arm of Lake Union. Paddle to Ivar’s for some fish and chips or go through the Montlake Cut and check out the waterways of the Arboretum and Foster Island. There is no shortage of adventure and peace here! $765,000 call/text Molly or Courtney to see it 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 houseboats@coopercartwright.com You can also see it here: 1213 E Shelby St #11

Some of the details of this Portage Bay floating home:

  • 735 square feet
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bath (includes a tub!)
  • sunny eat in kitchen
  • owned moorage for home
  • room to tie up your kayaks
  • on shore storage
  • private community garden
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Neighborhood Spotlight on Westlake

Westlake is one of the highlights of our Seattle floating homes neighborhood. It is truly coveted, but sometimes overlooked. The truth is that Lake Union floating homes in Westlake don’t change hands nearly as often as other parts of our community. Tom Hanks knew this when he lived here in 1993’s blockbuster hit Sleepless In Seattle. Just one stop into the Westlake Deli will keep you coming back for more. The neighborhood is also located on the acclaimed Cheshiahud Loop which offers lots of great options for connecting North to Fremont, Burke Gilman Trail, and more, plus South to South Lake Union and Downtown. Additionally, Queen Anne is right there and depending on where you are in Westlake, there is also an easy foot bridge across Westlake Ave N. It’s limitless.

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Westlake views – this dock has a great view of the iconic Sleepless In Seattle home as well as Gas Works Park!

Here are some reasons from one Westlake floating home owner.

Our bike/walk path is the best in Seattle from Fisherman’s terminal to Amazonville. Also, though Fremont is very walkable and close to us (0.8 mile to PCC), we are also only 1.4 miles to Queen Anne’s neighborhood – an area we always identify with and use daily – several restaurants (re-opening someday), Trader Joes, nail places, pet places, dry cleaners, indoor pool..

 I can understand why some people think Westlake is much busier, but it’s quiet on the water and more accessible location. When I lived on Fairview, I had also thought Westlake was more exposed… until I moved to Westlake and soon after I moved there, I appreciated it much more.”

Westlake in short supply per usual

Westlake floating homes for sale come up here and there. They are always sought after and won’t last. Please let us know if you would like to see them or learn more about this incredible neighborhood.

The 2466 Westlake Ave N dock is part of The Sleepless In Seattle Coop

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Great view down the channel of the Sleepless coop.
Please call/text Molly for your private viewing of any available floating homes – socially distanced, cleaned, sanitized, and compliant with state and CDC guidelines. 206-841-6800 or email houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Pending – 2766 Westlake Ave N Unit #A, Seattle, WA 98109

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Peaceful and colorful Westlake floating home with thoughtful details throughout. $798,000

There’s nothing like living on the water. This beautiful craftsman updated floating home proves it! Relax while taking in the expansive views from your new rooftop deck; an entertainment delight! A wonderful flex room is perfect for a family room, home office work space, or turn it into another bedroom. The kitchen and great room join to create a sophisticated space for entertaining guests. Endless counter space and loads of storage. One bdrm w/ full bath all on the main floor.

Please call/text Molly for your private viewing – socially distanced, cleaned, sanitized, and compliant with state and CDC guidelines. 206-841-6800 or email houseboats@cooperjacobs.com.

We are excited to show you this cool neighborhood!

Contact Courtney or Molly. We are your advocates in the floating home community and look forward to working with you! Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841/ Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800

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