Bi-Annual Seattle Floating Home Market Report


Much like the water that floating homes live on, we experience ebbs and flows with Seattle real estate.  So far, 2019 has been a year full of fun, exciting developments and sales for floating homes.  

The #1 question we get asked is “What’s the Market Like Right Now?”

This question can sometimes be construed in two ways.  It depends – “are you a buyer or a seller”, right?  

My friends, floating homes of course experience the same ride as land homes but only on a smaller scale.  What do I mean? I mean when we start to see “price improvement” for homes actively on the market, it can mean there are less buyers and more inventory (sellers).  Sellers are coming off a three year high from home sales and some expect to still be in that value system.

Large views and boat moorage come with this one.

Floating homes, however, magically seem to hover around a certain number of homes which sell each year no matter what kind of real estate market we are in.  That number is around 25. I am strictly referring to floating homes and not houseboats or vessels which do not have a King COUNTY tax assessor plaque.

Incredible floating home in Fremont.

So far this year we know of FOUR OFF MARKET SALES, two of which SeattleAfloat have completed.  This, my friend, is why it is so important to reach out to us if you are thinking of buying or selling because some of these sales are not in the MLS or made public and it could directly impact how you buy or sell in the future.

By including the four off market sales, to date, there are 14 floating home sales as of July 21, 2019.  We can still make our magic 25 number of sales because there are currently 13 active floating homes and we are only half way through the year.

Seattle floating homes don’t have views like this very often!

Concentrating on the solds, the median sales price is $910,000.  When I wrote the same market update last summer it was $750,000.  

Looking at the actives, we see some amazing ranges of floating homes out there.  From $499,000 on a condo dock to $3.2M for a brand new construction. The time is now to keep our community alive and vibrant.  So many people we talk to each day are appreciative floating homes are a staple in our city. Let’s keep it this way!

The Dox Seattle floating homes Dock is So Pretty and offers great views!

Seattle houseboats docks on lake union

When people are looking at Seattle floating homes, they almost always want to know about the end of the dock moorages. The Dox dock has two docks so there are four end of dock locations and lots of floating homes toward the end. If you can find a floating home on this dock community, it offers stunning panoramic views of Lake Union, from the Seattle skyline to Gasworks Park – if it has good dock position.  

Located in a charming floating home neighborhood, this floating home dock features a clean, well-planned open design and remarkable views.  This dock is a  Coop moorage & there is room for boats on some slip.

Lake Union is your own private “swimming pool”

off street parking

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Molly & Courtney, your floating home advocates. We love our special community.

Want to see any floating homes? Courtney Cooper & Molly Cartwright 206-850-8841/206-841-6800 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com We specialize in Seattle houseboats for sale. Our Seattle Realtors are waterfront experts and have been in the floating homes community for well over a decade. We are huge advocates for the community and promise to honor your special home and our neighborhood.

Seattle Waterfront Living: A Different Seattle Water Experience

The head of Shilshole Bay looking out to Puget Sound offers a different perspective of living at the water’s edge.

The Ballard Locks Are A Unique Lifestyle

This is a great alternative to Seattle houseboats living or Seattle waterfront living. Living at the water’s edge at the head of Shilshole Bay is a unique Seattle experience. This is a an opportunity to be a daily witness to the constant boat parade and the salty air of the Puget Sound. From the moment you traverse the staircase down into this secluded piece of heaven, you will not want to leave. Settle in and listen to the seagulls and live a simpler life.

Nestled in a private setting, discover this sanctuary you’ve been longing for offering the best of both land and water from the moment you wander onto the grounds. A great place to enjoy Seattle and all her beauty by recognizing an opportunity and history like no other. $675,000

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bath
  • Built in 1944
  • 880 square feet
  • Wide open water views
  • well maintained
  • No dues

Please contact us if you would like a private showing. This one is by appointment only. call text 206-841-6800 or 206-850-8841

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End. Of. Dock.

There are not that many end of dock Seattle floating homes. A small fraction of the 517 Lake Union floating homes are in end of dock slip locations. If you are longing for a daily boat parade and beautiful open water, then pay attention! call/text 206-850-8841 for more info or a private showing.

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Look at this amazing location! Portage Bay is part of Lake Union which you can see in the distance and then the Space Needle in front of the Puget Sound.

The Location.

Portage Bay is Lake Union’s Eastern arm, but also a charming neighborhood in North Capitol Hill. It is a unique residential pocket that despite being cut off like an island from the rest of Capitol Hill and Eastlake by two freeways, it offers a quiet and peaceful serenity like no other. Floating homes here are colorful and range from derelict to upper crust and the adjoining upland neighborhood is full of the most charm you can possibly fit in one corner of Seattle and anchored by the acclaimed neighborhood hot spot Little Lago.

By boat, you can travel to Ivar’s, the main portion of Lake Union, the Ballard Locks, the Puget Sound, Islands, and more or go the other direction through the Montlake Cut and head into Lake Washington for open water sports and an annual visit from the Blue Angels. By car or bike, you are close to everything.

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The Shelby Dock’s new beautiful dock.

The Dock Community

Situated at the base of Shelby Street, the Shelby Dock recently went through an entire dock rebuild and upgrade. It is state of the art and all systems have been upgraded and most importantly moved UNDER the dock (no hanging power lines). This was a large undertaking that took a lot of time and money and the result is stunning. The Shelby dock has three loading zone parking spaces for deliveries, temporary parking, and other short term uses. There is an on land cottage that is shared by all 19 floating homes on the dock which includes communal space and also individual locking storage units for members of the dock. The Shelby Dock also has an incredible private garden at the head of the dock and two community boat moorage spaces which are available on a first come first serve basis.

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Look at that reflection of University Of Washington!

The House

One bedroom open floor plan floating home has large grandfathered in floating waterside “yard”! Lots of really cool wood details in the home. Lots of windows and large views, great breezes on a warm day as you gently rock. It can be remodeled or replaced with same float size. $1,500,000

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Molly & Courtney

The Realtors

We are Seattle floating homes experts and we are here to answer all your questions. This dock is for floating homes and not other kinds of Seattle houseboats.

Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 / Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 e:houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Seattle Houseboats Open Houses

Two Seattle Floating Homes are OPEN SUNDAY 2/17 from 1-4PM

We are holding two Seattle floating homes open this weekend! If you have been wanting to check out the houseboats along Fairview in Eastlake then this weekend is a great opportunity! Priced at $750,000 and $799,000, these two floating homes both have boat moorage and are located towards the south end of the lake. Great commute option for Amazon or downtown. Fabulous lifestyle. Open Sunday 2/17 1-4PM

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Peaceful stroll down the dock to your own private piece of Lake Union!

2019 Fairview Ave E #B A fantastic Eastlake floating home ready for your own personal design! We love the generous light and roomy spaces. Hardwoods throughout the main level extending to your back french doors. A super cozy free standing gas fireplace huddles in the corner, one full bath and a bedroom on the main plus lofty space/bedroom upstairs. Folks this one has a tremendous amount of storage. Two fantastic decks to welcome the southern exposure on a wonderful Co-Op dock. Never miss a sunrise or sunset again.

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Space Needle Views and a roof top deck.

2025 Fairview Ave E #Q Come aboard a very special Eastlake floating home to enjoy a slice of nature and art. Light, bright and a beautiful kitchen with ample storage. A cleverly designed built in kitchen table to maximize space. Two bay windows to relax and day dream in the living room. Master en suite on upper level with your private balcony to soak up the west facing sun. A few more steps up to enjoy the amazing roof top views. Moor your boat or water toys. Wonderful neighbors & great co-op dock!

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We look forward to seeing you in Eastlake on Sunday!

In the mean time, please reach out to us if you would like a private showing of these or other Seattle floating homes. You can call, text, email, or message us. houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

We are available to talk now.