2019: A Review of Seattle Floating Homes Sales and Activity

2019 proved to be another happy ending for Seattle floating home sales in Seattle, Wa. 

We saw 22 Seattle floating homes successfully sell on Lake Union and Portage Bay.  We saw more activity than ever in Portage Bay this year!  Could this be the new hot neighborhood for Seattle floating homes?  NINE sold in Portage Bay, THREE in Westlake and the neighborhood which has more floating homes than anyone… Eastlake saw TEN floating homes sell.

What type of homes sold around Lake Union and Portage Bay and how long did it take?   

A cute Westlake floating home for $500,000 sold in about 88 days.  It’s one bed, one bath, and 500 square feet. It’s your typical 1920’s cabin style one story floating home.  $3,438,000 tipped the scales for the largest sale this year which goes to the beautiful Ward’s Cove community. City views, boat moorage, luxury high end finishes for a 2016 built floating home with gated parking are just a few of the perks.  Whether it’s a small charming floating home or a new or remodeled floating home the average purchase price when you include all the sold floating homes rounded out at $1,393,205.  Let’s not forget the average square footage was 1,280.  Calculating these two numbers gives us our price per square foot which is $1,088.  And it took all 21 of these homes an average of 67 days on the market.

Speaking of days on market, SeattleAfloat/Cooper Jacobs successfully listed or sold 63% (14 out of 22 homes) including four off market sales for clients.

What does 2020 look like for buying and selling Seattle floating homes?

We had some creative connections in 2019 which makes it so incredibly gratifying to know the people in this community so we can connect the dots.  We saw people moving up, scaling down, and literally moving their floating homes on the lake. Looking ahead, Seattle real estate has all indications to continue our growth.  More people moving here because of more jobs which means more home developing. We describe our business of selling floating homes sometimes like balancing on a paddle board. These properties do feel slight ups and downs as related to land homes but they continue to ride the wave skimming just the surface without much turbulence at all.  To add to the purchasing power, we have better than ever floating home lenders we continually work with and not surprising competitive for your business.  

When is a good time to sell?

Every year is different.  This is not just me saying something vague.  This year we saw no sales in the first quarter!  It picked up in May with three closings. June there were four.  And July saw THE largest closings in a month which was 5. September was right behind with four closings, October saw 2 and November there were THREE closings!  In a nutshell, 2019 saw a very slow start and then…well then it was no stopping. The number of buyers came out ten fold in the last quarter of 2019. So sellers – the objective is to have your home ready for the most pickiest buyers to attract them from January to December.  Because I guarantee there are always buyers shopping online for a floating home. They’re just waiting for the right one. 

 Case in point:  We listed a wonderful end of dock floating home in December (right in the middle of the holidays!) for $750,000.  It’s the brown one in the middle pictured here. It got immediate attention and now is pending after 5 days on the market.

As always, we appreciate your time in reading our material and if you ever have a question – ask us!  We love to hear from our audience. 

Quick Explanation for those who need it:

Floating homes by definition are homes registered by the city and county as floating on logs (old growth cedar logs) or concrete and are locked into a dock by way of moorage arms or chains.  They are connected to the city’s sewer, water, and electric. Floating home owners enjoy including their moorage slip as part of their real estate footprint and do pay taxes on this. By comparison, there are still a couple of docks which have a landlord instead of a co-op or condo ownership.  They enjoy rent control for their slips. Ask us more about this topic if you’re interested.

Happy 2020 Everyone!

Check our current floating homes listed RIGHT HERE.  There are currently 4  floating homes listed active right now.

RENTED – Mallard Cove Floating Home For Rent

Excellent Rental Opportunity!

Fairview Ave E

Seattle 98102

Description

Mallard Cove! Gracious & rare, 2000 sq. ft. open floorplan floating home. Floor to ceiling windows capture active views across Lake Union to Gas Works Park! Newly painted home, two spacious bedrooms, two offices and two bathrooms. Brand new kitchen with modern, acrylic cabinets and quartz countertops and bar. Gorgeous sharkskin maple hardwood floors and new carpet in the bedrooms. Plenty of storage and moorage for a boat less than 14 ft in length & 2 indoor parking spaces. Unbelievable 4th of July fireworks from the rooftop deck – ready to entertain! Go to dinner by boat, enjoy the Duck Dodge sailboat race, paddle board from your deck, live this unique lifestyle, in style. Located one block from desirable TOPS K-8 public school. NO PETS. Available April 1. $4,800/month. First month plus security deposit ($3,500). Rent includes water/sewer/garbage.

Amenities/Features

  • Lake Union traditional floating home in peaceful Eastlake neighborhood, close to restaurants, public transportation, I-5, and South Lake Union
  • 2 bedroom, 2 offices, 2 bath, 2000 sq feet – comfortable for 4 people
  • Cozy, comfortable, wood floors, gas fireplace, freshly painted
  • Bright, open floor plan
  • Roof top deck
  • Spacious, fully remodeled kitchen with stove/range, dishwasher, microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Decks with space for lounging and watching wildlife
  • View down the channel, across to Gasworks Park
  • Small boat moorage
  • Free parking steps away
  • 5 minute walk to the bus, 15 minute bike commute to Amazon/South Lake Union and 3 minutes to I-5

Details

  • Availability: April 1, 2017
  • Lease: 6 months to 1 year
  • Application fee: $42
  • Rent: $4,800 per month. Water/gas/sewer included. Small boat moorage is included. Parking is free.
  • Deposit: First month’s rent plus a $3,500 security deposit. $150 of which is a non-refundable cleaning fee. The balance is refundable if no damage.
  • Pets: No pets
  • Smoking: No smoking
  • Contact Molly today!  molly@cooperjacobs.com
  • More photos:  https://goo.gl/photos/7g3ZdLkkDC2wg4fS9

RENTED!!! Excellent Opportunity! Rent this floating home for just $2,000 per month

Excellent Opportunity!  Rent this floating home for just $2,000 per month.

2331 Fairview Ave E, Slip A
Seattle 98102

Description

Live life afloat in this adorable Seattle floating home. Freshly painted, 1-bedroom, open floor plan, and great orientation to the water. This furnished home comes with gas cooking and fireplace and all appliances, including washer/dryer. Cute deck for eating and relaxing with serene entrance. Swim, kayak, watch the fireworks and the Christmas ships – it’s all here. Dock your small boat alongside and live an amazing life on Lake Union!

Amenities/Features

  • Lake Union traditional floating home in peaceful Eastlake neighborhood, close to restaurants, public transportation, I-5, and South Lake Union
  • Furnished, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 674 sq feet – perfect for 1-2 people
  • Cozy, comfortable, wood floors, gas fireplace, freshly painted
  • Bright, open floor plan
  • Skylights provide great light and air-flow
  • Spacious, fully furnished kitchen with gas stove/range, dishwasher, microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wrap-around deck with space both the side and front for lounging and watching wildlife
  • View down the channel, across to the Sleepless in Seattle house
  • Small boat moorage, and comes with use of kayak
  • Free parking steps away
  • 5 minute walk to the bus, 15 minute bike commute to Amazon/South Lake Union and 3 minutes to I-5

Details

Westlake Floating Home For Rent

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Now is the time! Exceptional two bed, two bath floating home will be available for rent in Spring of 2017 for short term rental from April through July. Great views from a beautiful master bed and bath with a sauna, plus another guest bedroom and bath on the main floor. Near the end of an awesome dock in Westlake AND room for your 26′ boat + kayaks too. Rent is $3500 per month. Plus an application fee of $40 for background and credit check history.  No pets, please.

For inquiries, please email molly@cooperjacobs.com.

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Yes; Seattle Floating Homes DO Sell Year Round.

1213 E Shelby Street #13 Current For Sale two beds/ two baths/ 1250 square feet $945,000

Yes; Seattle floating homes do sell year round.
Two words: Indian Summer. 

By Molly Cartwright, Seattle Houseboats Expert

I don’t know about you, but I completely look forward to our beautiful Indian Summers (a period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn) here in the Pacific Northwest.  I actually prefer the other definition of Indian Summer; a period of happiness occurring late in life.

Don’t wait until “late in life”.  The time is now.  Time to enjoy happiness all the time by living on a floating home in Seattle!  We thought you’d like a quick snap shot of what the last six months have looked like for Seattle floating home sales.

12 Seattle floating homes sold with a median sold price of $747,500 on a 969 sq ft footprint.

The least expensive Seattle floating home sold for $475,000 was a darling one bed, one bath, 555 square feet; perfectly remodeled from head to toe in Portage Bay.

Seattle Floating hOmes RealtorsThe most expensive floating home sold so far was a cool $2M on a fantastic co-op dock in Eastlake. It had beautiful outdoor spaces, custom built ins and only one bed, one bath over 1.367 square feet.  Finishes were divine and the architecture was exquisite.  view 2 One of our favorite Seattle floating homes just sold for $1.5M. Sitting pretty at the end of a condo owned Portage Bay dock, this home felt like a cabin on the water with privacy that can be sometimes hard to find on a floating home. It was so far out on the lake that you were able to high five kayakers as they paddled by.

Whether it’s Westlake, Eastlake, or Portage Bay if you’re looking for a unique lifestyle that is like no other in Seattle, you’ve come to the right place. There are some really fantastic floating homes on the market right now. Call Seattle Houseboats Experts Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper today and let’s talk.

 

www.seattleafloat.com / www.cooperjacobs.com
1100 Dexter Ave N Ste 275
Seattle, WA 98109

Eastlake Floating Home For Rent

Eastlake Floating Home For Rent
Sweet opportunity to live on a Seattle Floating Home on a great Eastlake floating home dock.  Beginning September 1st through May 31, 2017, you can experience what it’s like to live right on the water.  Watch the holiday lights on Lake Union, New Years Eve fireworks from the Space Needle, and a gorgeous sunset each evening.

First floor includes One bedroom , One full bathroom, kitchen, and dining room.
Second floor includes living room and a great deck with outdoor seating.
Third level is to enjoy your expansive western views on your private sitting deck.

So close to Pete’s Market, I-5, South Lake Union, farmer’s market, Vox coffee, Lousia’s Cafe, and so much more.

$3500 per month plus $1500 damage deposit and first and last month’s rent.  This includes electric, internet, cable, water, sewer, garbage – wow!

Perk!  3 kayaks+paddles+pfds included.

Non-smokers, No pets.  Comes furnished but is negotiable.

Serious inquires only, please.
email to:  molly@cooperjacobs.com

 

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Seattle Houseboats For Rent: Eastlake

Seattle Houseboats For Rent

Are you looking for Seattle Houseboats for rent? Living on Lake Union is a dream for many people moving to Seattle from all around the world.  After all, it is the quintessential Seattle waterfront life!  Despite this, trying before buying can be a good way to ease into this lifestyle if you aren’t sure. Beginning October 20th of this year, this one bedroom Eastlake floating home is for rent.  Also, it has had a complete interior remodel including new windows, furnace, kitchen, bathroom and more!  This truly is Seattle Waterfront Living℠ at its very core and we invite you to take a peek at some of the details of this latest Eastlake floating home rental opportunity. Seattle houseboats for rent are few and far between, so we are excited to tell you about this one!

Details about this floating home:Seattle houseboats for rent

  • one bedroom
  • one bathroom
  • small deck upstairs with a full 360 degree Lake Union views from the bedroom
  • cozy wood burning fireplace
  • full laundry room
  • huge wrap around deck
  • room for your recreational boat up to 24′.

Additional  Important Information about renting this adorable Lake Union home: 

  • $3000 /month
  • NO PETS
  • NO SMOKING
  • AVAILABLE NOW!

Are you interested in living Life Afloat On Lake Union? We look forward to  hearing all about it, so if you are interested in renting this Seattle houseboat, please contact Molly Cartwright, Seattle Waterfront and Houseboats Realtor.  Email: molly@cooperjacobs.com

© Cooper Jacobs Real Estate™ & Seattle Afloat®  We are Seattle Houseboats Experts℠ and look forward to helping you, buy, sell, or rent your next home.

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Floating Home For Rent – Available November 1st – RENTED –

Seattle Houseboats For Rent:

We get a lot of inquiries for Seattle Houseboats for rent.  Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to live on a Seattle floating home before purchasing one?  Houseboat rentals in Seattle are difficult to come by, but here’s your chance!  And… It is in Eastlake! Eastlake is usually the first place people are interested in looking at Seattle houseboats.  Well, after they ask about the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat which is actually across Lake Union in Westlake.  Seattle Houseboats for rentBack to the exciting news: Looking for Seattle Houseboats for rent? They are few and far between so don’t miss out on this one!An amazing opportunity in Eastlake arises on Lake Union.  Visit the open house to check out this adorable floating home available November 1st to rent.

So here are the details about this Eastlake houseboat for rent:
$3100/month. First and last month’s rent required plus a $1000 damage deposit for move-in, cats okay with additional $500 deposit per cat. Small/medium dogs will be considered for an additional $100/month. Very cool perk: Utilities (water, sewer, garbage) are included.

Some of the Property features:
• Loft Style Bedroom with Large Skylights
• Large roof top deck with scenic Lake Union views (rooftop decks in Eastlake are considered one of the number one desired features when it comes to Seattle houseboats)
• Spare Room, Den or OfficeSeattle houseboats for rent
• Full Size Washer and Dryer
• Lake Union Boat Moorage (this is also a highly coveted perk of Lake Union floating homes which isn’t available to all)
• Rare Large Channel in front of  this houseboat. Plenty of water to turn your boat around, swim or get familiar with a paddle board.  Plus the views!
• Plenty of Zoned Street Parking
• Water Sewer and Garbage included with rent
• Double Pane Windows
• Fresh coat of exterior paint applied May 2015

Come see this one!  As far as Seattle houseboats for rent go, it’s a gem:  OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH 10:00AM — NOON

2201 Fairview Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

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New Seattle Houseboat Available

Fabulous New Seattle Houseboat For Sale in Gas Works Marina where everything is just a bike ride away and life afloat in Seattle is the best!

Lake Union Afloat ℠ in Northlake360 views

An affordable long term option other than looking at Seattle houseboats for rent, this is a wonderful place to buy and stay!  Enjoy your large bedroom plus sleeping loft (perfect for a kiddo, an overnight guest, or storage), one full bathroom, great kitchen and living room.  Check out these expansive views of our gorgeous city, mountains, Lake Union and more from your large roof top deck.

This Lake Union houseboat and owned moorage is available for $315,000.  The home owner dues and liveaboard fee  for this houseboat and slip total $340.00 per month.  Gas lake union kayaksWorks Marina has a cabana on site for extra shower, restrooms, and laundry service.  Parking?  Yep, got that too.

Need a loan for your Seattle houseboat purchase? Houseboats financing available through Sound Community Bank only and we have the details for you.  We look forward to hearing from you!  Molly 206-841-6800

Seattle Afloat ®:  We are Seattle houseboat experts with both real estate licenses through Cooper Jacobs Real Estate as well as a vessel dealer license through SeattleAfloat.com. We are Seattle Realtors which means we are agents who have ethics and will treat you accordingly.  We look forward to helping you “live life Afloat in Seattle ™!”

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Mini Houseboat For Sale

Mini Houseboat For Sale In Seattle  (SOLD, but we have more to tell you about)

image1Mary D just listed this cute 360 sq ft micro living Seattle houseboat (vessel) for sale right now! Just listed and absolutely perfect for simple living with flair. Walk to Ballard, bike to Fremont and cruise in your kayak.
$175,000 / $315 dues + $175 liveaboard fee
Studio and one full bath
Message Molly for a private showing.
206.841.6800
*Ask me about houseboat financing approval before viewings*

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Open House Sunday May 24th for Eastlake Floating Home For RENT (RENTED)

(NOW RENTED through 2015)

OPEN HOUSE TODAY!

Stop by today May 24th 2015 between 10:00am and Noon

Summer is here!  It’s the perfect time spend it on the coolest in-city lake around – Lake Union!  The best part of this floating home is you can park your 20′ pleasure craft next to your front door.
Details:

Available July 1st … just in time to watch the fireworks!

SAMSUNG

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1 bed / 1 bath with showerIMG_0693
SS Appliances including dishwasher
Washer/Dryer
Vaulted Cedar Ceilings
Marble Fireplace
French Doors to deck
Hardwoods throughout
Utilities including (water,sewer,garbage)

Smoke-free property.  Absolutely no pets/no exceptions.
One year lease.
$3,300 per month.

Move right in!
Inquiries to:  molly@cooperjacobs.com

 

Houseboat For Rent. Update: Now Rented.

Seattle Houseboats for rent – —– RENTED —–

Houseboat For Rent in the Gas Works Marina located on the North end of Lake seattle houseboats viewUnion.  One large bedroom with territorial views of the city, one sleeping loft (or used as extra storage), one full bath, updated galley with propane gas stove, living room and expansive roof top living space with views.

A six month lease is now available!  $1,600 per month + utilities with $500 deposit, first and last.
Optional to have it partially furnished.

Seattle houseboatsNew plumbing, steel hull, and a great community.  Extra bathrooms and showers in cabana steps away.  Burke Gilman bike trail to take you anywhere you need to go.

Please email molly@cooperjacobs.com for all inquiries.

 

Adorable Floating Home For Rent – RENTED!!!

**  This home has been rented **

Adorable Seattle Floating Home For Rent in Portage Bay.

Available for a six month lease beginning October 2014 and ending April 2015.  A wonderful way to test the waters and see if this amazing lifestyle is right for you.

You’ll enjoy every inch of this charming 610 square foot, one bedroom, one bathroom floating home.  New roof (being installed this summer), bear claw bathtub, washer/dryer, and an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Just move right it – completely furnished and all utilities are included in the monthly rental fee including internet and cable.

Owner asking $1,650 per month for rent.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.  Please email me (molly@cooperjacobs.com) with your name, best number to reach you and an email address.  We will contact you soon.

Please no pets, no smoking.  Background and reference checked.  First and last month’s collected.

Thank you!
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Floating Home Open House Sunday

Floating Home Open House Sunday June 22, 2014
1:00 – 4:00pm

2017 Fairview Ave E “O”_MG_6403_4_5_6ToneMapDE_130625
Seattle, WA

Truly one of the greatest floating homes on Lake Union.  Colorful and bright, this two bedroom one bath floating home is situated on friendly, pet friendly dock with outstanding neighbors.

Floating Home For Rent in Eastlake – RENTED!

RENTED!
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.
Details:
$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.

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.  Seattle houseboatsThis 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.
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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 PETS AND PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR EXCEPTIONS
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

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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.

molly@cooperjacobs.com

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.

Molly@cooperjacobs.com
Courtney@cooperjacobs.com

New Houseboat For Rent in Eastlake! Update: SOLD!

2207 fairview ave eI will be holding an OPEN HOUSE for this beautiful floating home this week.

If you’re interested, stop by this Wednesday October 23rd from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at 2207 Fairview Ave E #8 to apply.

Details:
2 bedrooms
3/4 bathroom
900 square feet
vaulted ceilings
washer/dryer
gas cooking range
hardwoods
iron wood decking
moorage for a boat
an amazing opportunity to live on one of the best docks and equally great neighborhood
walkability strong and bike score 71

please no pets (consideration to service pets)

$2500 p/m
$2000 deposit
$200 cleaning fee
6 month lease

For further questions, contact Molly Cartwright at molly@cooperjacobs.com

Floating Home Open House This Sunday 1-3pm Update: SOLD!

_MG_0323This Sunday proves to be another beautiful Fall day in Seattle.  It’s a great time to walk around Lake Union’s Cheshiahud Loop and stop in at 2031 Fairview Ave Ebetween 1:00 and 3:00pm for my open house.

_MG_0336Enjoy beautiful views on the roof top of this updated 1800 square foot floating home.  Opportunity knocks!  Design and build your own second story – a chance of a lifetime to own one of Seattle’s most unique and fascinating pieces of real estate on the water.

2031 Fairview Ave E “G” – walk all the way down the dock.  Last floating home on the left.

For more info – give me a ring at 206-841-6800 or molly@cooperjacobs.com

Urban Seattle Houseboat for Sale

Urban Seattle Houseboat for Sale
night exteriorMeet Urban 5: a houseboat unparalleled in construction and design. Built in 2010, local builder Urban Houseboats Incorporated spared no expense building this beauty with an all-aluminum hull for virtually zero maintenance, a smart pontoon system with black and gray water tanks concealed inside, and a gorgeous compliment of cedar and steel siding.  The comfortable 48×14 interior space is warm and inviting with finished birch walls and bamboo accents.  A smart and artistic ceiling of cork is another eco-friendly choice.

Main level: Built in desk and drawers, perfect space for those workaholics. Thoughtful walk-in closet right across the hall from the three quarter bathroom. Spotless stainless steel kitchen appliances with large counter space and storage.  Bamboo floors. Cozy media area with gas fireplace opens up to one of the outdoor decks.  A great way to entertain!

Upstairs: Walk out of your lofty bedroom to the expansive circular deck upstairs.  Relaxing views of Gas Works Park, Mt. Rainier, city views, and of course all the activity of Lake Union including both people and wildlife.

A permanent liveaboard slip at only $647 per month.  Pets ok!  Enjoy ample parking and walk to some great local deli’s or South Lake Union’s plethora of activity.

 

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Contact Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper for a private tour or for more information.

molly@cooperjacobs.com  /  Courtney@cooperjacobs.com

 

Houseboat For Rent $2500 per month – Now Rented

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Seattle Houseboat for rent $2500 in Eastlake.

No pets.  No smoking.

6 month lease from October 5 – March 2014.

First, last $1,000 damage deposit with $500 nonrefundable.

Two beds, two baths, rooftop, gourmet kitchen.

Please email me directly molly@cooperjacobs.com.

 

Seattle Floating Homes: Private, Convenient, Affordable.

2331 #CRooftop04Whether you are the first or the last Seattle floating home on the dock, you are setting yourself up for success and happiness. The first floating home on the dock translates into privacy.  You have one (or sometimes two) less neighbors on either side.  Loading or unloading a car makes it more convenient.  Living close to shore also means less walking down a dock in the rain or wind with  a hand full of groceries.

It’s also affordable.  End of dock homes fetch around $1M + price tags while an inside slip is much more affordable yet still the same fantastic lifestyle.  Roof top views, moorage for a craft, outside decks – all features or attainable with inside slips.

If you’ve ever thought about owning a floating home because you love the peacefulness of the water then now is the time!  Two beautiful Seattle floating homes for sale with all the above qualities. Financing available if you qualify.  Ask us about lender options.

 

Are you a floating home candidate?  Check yes for all those apply.seattle houseboats
down sizing, minimizing, simplifying, like to go swimming at midnight, designate happy hour on your rooftop deck at 2pm, your home office with space needle views, walk to a delicious café, hop onto I-5 or your bike for an easy commute, ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar or walk to Pete’s Market for your daily needs, hop in your water craft that is right outside your door, watch the fireworks on the 4th of July and save two hours not driving to them.  If you travel for business or pleasure or just want an in-city retreat then floating homes are perfect.  Homes are stationary to a private dock and if needbe, you have watchful neighbors to water the plants and feed the cat while you’re away.

Thanks for reading!  Call Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper for all your Seattle Floating Home questions to buy or list a floating home.
Molly 206-.841.6800
Courtney  206-850-8841

Luxurious Eastlake Floating Home For Rent

2017AOne of the finest floating home remodels you’ll ever see – this exquisite end of dock floating home is absolutely stunning.  Capturing the sights, sounds, and smells of Lake Union this three bedroom, two bath home brings the outdoors in by custom made windows to open seamlessly to south facing views.  Enjoy a front row seat to the sea planes and kayakers;  To the sunrise and sunset.

This floating home comes fully furnished, including a fully stocked kitchen from high end appliances and cooking utensils.  Relax with a soak in the hot tub on your private deck and watch the city come alive, morning or night.

For more information and a private showing, please call Molly at 206-841-6800
Please no pets/smokers.
One year lease.
$8500 per month
Must be accompanied by listing Broker before walking down the private dock.

Houseboat Bulletin Board

Hi All!
I get many inquiries every week regarding available houseboats for rent.  My recommendation is to keep checking back on this “bulletin board” of houseboat rentals.  I post anything I hear about as soon as I hear about them. A few things that might help in your quest for renting a houseboat:

Usually requires a one year lease.  Vessels may be month-to-month.
Most are one bedroom particularly in a vessel/houseboat.  Floating homes may have two bedrooms.
If it’s a houseboat/vessel that you’re looking at rent under $2000 per month.
If it’s a floating home that you’re looking at rent will be above $2000 per month.
Vessels/houseboat/barges are in marinas.  Floating homes are in floating home communities.

Currently I have only one rental available.  It’s a floating home in Eastlake.  Details are here:

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.
Details:
$3,000 per month
One Bedroom, One Bath, Approximately 670 sq ft.
Full size washer/dryer
Open Floor plan with updated kitchen + breakfast bar.
Wrap around deck and 20′ of moorage.
Water, Sewer, and Garbage all included.
First and last month’s required plus $1,000 deposit, and a $25 application fee.  References please.  No pets.  Nonsmoking.

Seattle Houseboat For Rent: Now Rented.

exterior8Seattle Houseboat For Rent starting June 1, 2013.  Month to month lease allows flexibility for living aboard in great houseboat in Gas Works Park Marina.  Enjoy one full bathroom, gas range, big sleeping loft and a great connection to the water.  The cabana is just steps away with additional restroom, showers, and laundry facility.  $1440 per month.

Please email molly@cooperjacobs.com if you are interested.  Subject to referrals and credit check.

For more pictures visit www.cooperjacobs.com/449054

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Are Houseboats Drifting Away?

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Are Seattle Houseboats Drifting Away?

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Seattle houseboats in the news lately.  And if you receive your news from just one source, it might sound like Seattle houseboats are drifting away.

So what’s really going on? What is the dispute over?  One could argue it’s really about should private people be taking over public space.

In broad terms, the dispute is about freeing up the shorelines on parts of Lake Union.  According to the state law, water dependent (vs water oriented) businesses and industries, shoreline restoration and public access are all given priority.  With this in mind, some city council members say shorelines should be preserved for recreational and water-dependent uses (aka not houseboats).  Yet other city committee representatives say they want to protect the Seattle lifestyle of houseboats.  Yep, definitely confusing.  But one thing is crystal clear:  current houseboat owners and liveaboards say they’re tired of battling for their chosen lifestyle, investment, and freedom to live and just want to be left alone after years of this with the city.

Big agencies like The Planning Land Use and Sustainability Committee, State Department of Ecology, Coast Guard, and Lake Union Liveaboard Association are all trying to come to an agreement about what defines a houseboat.  The due date of January 14th is fast approaching to make this distinction and it’s complex to say the least.  By current standards, a houseboat is treated as a water oriented vessel.  Most should have propulsion, safety equipment, steering and navigational lights, and all already have a black water holding tank, also title and registration. One must beg the question: How is this standard different than say a sailboat, yacht or ferry which are all legal and not up for debate.

Some LULU members (Lake Union Liveaboard Association) remind city officials that houseboats have been around Seattle waters even before it was a city.  Naturally, anger and resentment have come to an all time high for the liveaboards, houseboat builders, marina owners, local vendors and businesses.

I want to be clear there is a difference between houseboats and floating homes in Seattle.  The 500 floating homes in Lake Union and Portage Bay are completely void of these litigation’s.  Floating homes, unlike houseboats, are floating structures usually consisting of logs or concrete which are connected to city water/sewer and are considered “real property” and remain in place by a very heavy moorage arm and do not move from their location.

I understand with the growing population and the fascination of such an intriguing lifestyle, the state/city would want certain regulations intact.  There are essentially two arguments going on simultaneously:  preserving the shoreline for recreational and “water-dependent” use and the defining a houseboat.  The houseboat community is no stranger to reinforcing their lifestyle to the city.  These are folks who care deeply about their lake and go to great lengths to pacify others in order to remain there.  This will not change and it will not change without a fight.

If you’d like more information about houseboats or floating homes please feel free to contact me via email at molly@cooperjacobs.com

 

 

 

7 Most Asked Questions For Seattle Houseboats and Floating Homes

7 Most Asked Questions For Seattle Houseboats and Seattle Floating Homes

What’s the difference between a Seattle floating home and a houseboat?
Why are floating homes cost more than houseboats?
Can you even get financing for floating homes and houseboats?
What are the additional fees associated with living on the water in general?
Are pets permissable?
What are Bylaws?
What is a marine survey and when do you need one?

These are just a few of the questions I routinely answer for people who are ready to buy a houseboat or floating home on Lake Union.  And this is why you need an experienced Seattle houseboat and floating home Realtor to help you get through the process of purchasing one.

Molly@CooperJacobs.com

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