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Caratello Houseboat on Lake Union

Caratello HouseboatThe Astonishing Caratello Houseboat

Caratello is the Italian word for a small barrel which holds dessert wine, and this new construction state of the art floating on water residence lives up to her sweet reputation. Just listed on Lake Union, this 2 story Seattle houseboat for sale at 11 E Allison St offers so much for anyone interested: The Caratello houseboat has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen including stainless appliances, clever nooks, artful finish work, and more. A wine lover’s paradise, there are thoughtful details throughout including employing the old custom of  using wine for ballast.

  • Two Bedrooms
  • Large closets
  • Office nook
  • 1.25 Baths
  • Laundry on main level
  • 749 Sq Feet
  • Condo Owned Slip is 48 x 15 feet and in an excellent location on Lake Union in Eastlake
  • stairs and hatch to rooftop
  • floor is engineered in sections to be lifted out for storage
  • Taxes on houseboat are $1378.25/year
  • Taxes on slip are $1935/yr
  • Monthly Home Owner Dues: $256
  • Pets allowed

Seattle Houseboats for Sale:  The Basics of Caratello Located at 11 E Allison Street in Eastlake:

Introducing Caratello, a new construction floating on water residence in Seattle. “Caratello” is the Italian word for a small barrel used to make dessert wine. Roomier than one would expect with such a name, this 2 story houseboat delivers w/ fully equipped gourmet kitchen, 2 bedrooms, & much more. Of course as her name implies, Caratello’s hold is also the perfect location for your wine collection. Designed by Gene Morris, engineered by Craig Goring & built at Lake Union Dry Dock. Condo Slip!  $799,000 – NWMLS Listing # 887777

Additional info about the Caratello Houseboat you won’t want to miss:caratello houseboat

  • Caratello was designed by Gene Morris at Lagerquist and Morris in Ballard
  • Engineered by Craig Goring a marine engineer out of Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands
  • Built at Lake Union Dry Dock.
  • The crane that launched the Caratello houseboat is the same one that built the Aurora Bridge in 1930
  • Has an independent 12 volt electrical system for lighting, navigational lights and equipment, and utilities.
  • Tankage includes 150 gallons of potable water, 150 gallons gray water, and 150 gallons for black water.
  • Capacity for 150 Cases of wine in hold (!!!) and its the perfect place to store wine!

Would you like to to see this beautiful Lake Union home or other Seattle Houseboat for sale?

seattle houseboats expertsWe love Seattle Houseboats and are happy to help!
Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800
Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your Seattle Houseboats, Seattle waterfront homes or Seattle floating homes questions.  If you prefer, you can also email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com.

Seattle Houseboats market report for Lake Union floating homes as of mid January 2016

Seattle Houseboats market report for Lake Union floating homes as of mid January 2016:  Inventory is still at a low with only one Seattle floating home for sale on the market. In the last month, according to the NWMLS, in the world of Seattle houseboats for sale, not two Seattle floating homes have closed in escrow. There are always some private sale, but overall, the entire Lake Union homes real estate market is quite slow. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t buyers waiting in the wings of their chance to make their dreams come true and live Life Afloat In Seattle!

Seattle houseboatsTwo Seattle floating homes have closed in escrow over the last month which were listed for sale in the MLS. Or do them on the Dox cooperative dock in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood was a three bedroom floating home with a whopping 2.75 baths. This Seattle houseboat was featured in recent years on the Seattle Floating Homes Tour (2012 I believe..), and was listed for $925,000 and sold for $925,000. No surprise because a three bedroom floating home is quite difficult to find and especially for under a million dollars! The other Seattle floating home for sale is also in Eastlake on the Lake Union dock – also a cooperative dock. This one is a two bedroom one bathroom home that was listed at just under five hundred thousand dollars and closed at $475,000.

So both sales of these Seattle houseboats categorized as floating homes occurred in Eastlake. Eastlake is where most Seattle floating homes are sold in general because this Lake Union neighborhood has the largest concentration of these Seattle Houseboats on the lake. You can also find Seattle floating homes in Westlake, Portage Bay – both on the Capitol Hill side and the University District side on Boat Street, and there is a great dock in Fremont as well – so Northlake. Please let us know if you are interested in Seattle houseboats. Seattle houseboats

Molly and I specialize in Seattle’s favorite neighborhoods including the Seattle floating homes community and also have vast experience in Seattle waterfront homes. We work in many of Seattle’s neighborhoods and look forward to helping ou buy or sell your next Seattle home – whether by land or sea, we can help and offer a unique perspective to tie it all together.

Please let us know how we can help. You can mail us here: Houseboats@cooperjacobs.com call/text Molly at 206-841-6800 or me at 206-850-8841 Thank you! – Courtney

Thank you, Lake Union! Happy New Year & Best Wishes For 2016!

south lake unionHappy New Year!

Molly and I appreciate your support so much and are so thankful for all our fabulous clients in 2015.  The Lake Union Seattle floating home neighborhood is a very special place and means so much to us.  Each and every one of you have been so amazing and we thank you and wish you the best for 2016! The weather is so cold out there, but it has still been nice walking weather.  Molly and I have been getting out there and delivering our thank you gifts as the weather permits.  I love this particular map of Lake Union Park in South Lake Union. It is such a great asset to have and it wasn’t so long ago that it was desolate in this area so nice to have it beautiful right in the hood.

There isn’t much in the way of choice right now for floating homes, BUT…. the one that is available is pretty much perfect. SO…… Here is the info on that:   2207 Fairview Ave E, Seattle WA 98102 

Listed for $735,000, this Eastlake floating home is the king as far as the basic Seattle floating homes work that has been done for you already.  So solid, that it feels like it is built on the ground…

The iconic lifestyle you have only dreamed about! Seattle houseboats for saleLocated in Eastlake’s enclave of floating homes, this mid-dock light and bright Lake Union beauty is completely remodeled with an open floor plan featuring 1 BR + flex space, vaulted ceilings, bamboo fl, & new kitchen! Enjoy cozy extras like heated bathroom floor, new electrical, plumbing, windows & insulation. Enhanced further only by the timeless willow tree that also resides here, this home has a great relationship w/ the lake. Taxes are only $1042 a year.

If you have been dreaming of Seattle houseboats, then this is a great option! houseboat@cooperjacobs.com or call/text 206-841-6800 for more info or your own private showing.  We are excited to share this one with you and look forward to showing you some of the reasons why it is such a solid buy and the perfect solution to Seattle houseboat living.  © SeattleAfloat: Live Life Afloat On Lake Union

Christmas Ships 2015

Christmas Ships 2015 Parade Of Boats On Lake Union

Seattle Lake Union Christmas Ships Are Back In 2015 –

Christmas Ships 2015

Map of Parade route on Argosy Cruise site.

Christmas Ships On Lake Union: The 2015 Argosy Cruises Christmas Ships are part of their Christmas Ship Festival has its Parade of Boats Night on December 18th. The Parade of Boats is a long standing Seattle Tradition and a huge party of holiday living on Lake Union. Simply put, the holidays would not be the holidays in Seattle without the Christmas Ships. The holiday boats parade route begins at Fisherman’s Terminal in Magnolia, goes through the Fremont Cut into Lake Union.  Northlake and Westlake floating homes are the first to see the beautiful parade of boats come into Lake Union as they make their way South along the west side of the lake before curving back up in South Lake Union and going along their way adjacent to Eastlake. Seattle houseboats in both Westlake and Eastlake have the very best vantage points, but there are a lot of parks along the way and throughout the Lake Union Loop making it an amazing site for all.

More thank just Christmas Ships Passing in 2015 – There are Performances, too!

The parade of Christmas Ships officially begins at 7:45 PM and ends just past Wards Cove at around 8:30.  There will be performances along the way including one at Fisherman’s Terminal from 7:30 to 7:45, so get there early if that is your vantage point. Another performance will be at the Fremont Cut from 8:05 to 8:25 so a great place to watch the parade from is the Fremont Canal Park or also along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Lake Union Holiday Tradition –

The Christmas Ships are a Lake Union tradition and a hug part of Seattle houseboat living and the Seattle holidays overall.  It is such a  lovely event that Argosy Cruises puts on. There is nothing quite like seeing the beautiful lit up boats parade through Lake Union and surrounding Seattle waterways.  The reflections and pure holiday spirit are invigorating and worth every effort in finding parking. The other thing I forgot to mention is that you can register to have your boat in the parade if you like.  There will judging as you enter Lake Union and there will be prizes for best decorated vessels in the following categories according to the Argosy site:

1. Peoples’ Choice Award (method of tallying votes TBA)
2. Best In Show
3. Best Seahawks 12’s Boat Theme
4. Best Santa, Reindeer Christmas Theme
5. Most Overall Christmas Lights with Holiday Spirit
6. Best Holiday Decorated Powerboat
7. Best Holiday Decorated Sailboat
8. Best Holiday Decorated Commercial Vessel
We are looking forward to seeing some of the creative Seattle Christmas Ships and can’t wait to be sipping our hot cocoa from our own choice spot on Lake Union.  Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about life on Lake Union or in a Seattle floating home.  We would love to show you our favorite Lake Union docks and Seattle houseboats. email: houseboat@cooperjacobs.com call/text 206-841-6800
Seattle houseboats for sale

Seattle Houseboats For Sale: Just SOLD

Seattle Houseboats For Sale:  Just SOLD in Eastlake!Seattle houseboats for sale

Seattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake

Seattle Houseboats Just Sold: Let’s look at 2019 Fairview Ave E in Lake Union’s Eastlake neighborhood

This particular Seattle floating home has a special place in our hearts due to its sentimental background.  Though not as famous as its Sleepless in Seattle cousin across Lake Union, this Seattle houseboat is perhaps just as iconic! Located on one of Eastlake’s longest running and most organized cooperative dock, The Log Foundation,  this 1930 floating home has had lots and lots of action – even as it was moored in one place and not moving.  It was owned by a very longtime  and loved Seattle houseboats resident and the home was practically a floating dance hall in its day. We have recently nicknamed the home “Art” after its previous owner and look forward to seeing the new owners enjoy it as much as he reportedly did. There are lots of stories across the lake about the parties that almost always broke out into full on dance soirees and you can tell just by walking into this houseboat that it has had a happy life.  We are so thrilled to see it have a loving new chapter.

seattle houseboats officeA little more about this special home…..

So back to the sale itself – Seattle houseboats for sale always are exciting, but closing one is also a cause for celebration. Congratulations to Molly and LeAnne for doing such a great job getting it sold. It closed in escrow on 10/13/2015 at a final sales price of $677,500.  The floating home has two bedrooms and is 1300 square feet. It has a rather large float for its size and great dock position.  It also is well oriented to the lake which is something you don’t always get. Moorage for a recreational boat is possible alongside the home with the permission of the co-op.  It also had extra spaces which could function as an office or another nonconforming bedroom.  The home is all one level and has the most charming curved ceilings.  I was always very taken in with the large open living space and the beautiful spaces throughout. It  never felt like a two bedroom home – more like a home with all kinds of possibilities in every corner. As I write this, I personally regret not buying it myself – such a wonderful place with great energy, but alas, there will be other Seattle houseboats for sale and each one is unique and special.


Please call us if you are interested in learning more about Seattle houseboats for sale – We look forward to helping you buy or sell your next Seattle houseboat, whether it is a Seattle floating home, a house barge, or a floating on-water residence.  We are excited to help you learn about the lovely Lake Union as well as Seattle Houseboat Living℠.

Molly or Courtney 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 | houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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