Seattle Houseboats Open House: The Lake Union View

The View From My Seattle Houseboat  Open House On Lake Union today was quite extraordinary.  Life Afloat In Seattle ™ is extraordinary.

No wind, calm water, a few kayakers, one brave paddle-boarded, and lots of boats gliding past me as I had  The Ark open house today at Seattle Marina in North Lake Union.

Lake Union houseboats

Crew on Lake Union

Water has a wonderous way of relaxing you and Lake Union is no exception.  Seattle houseboats often have high traffic for the open houses. With a busy open house, I had to remember to not get too relaxed!  From my location, I managed to snap a great pic of  the Lake Union Moorage available right now at Ward’s Cove across the water in the Eastlake neighborhood.  Interesting enough, Ward’s Cove is a privately held Seattle based company encompassing fish processing in Alaska since the late 1920’s.  Salmon was a big business for Ward’s Cove back in the day but since they haulted this, they looked for another way to make a profit while still providing greatest and best use out of their prime Eastlake location.  So they decided to turn it into a mixed use space and welcome one more Seattle floating home community.

This is probably the last Seattle floating homes dock permitted since the lake can only hold so many of them.  With four Lake Union moorage slips sold at last check and eight more to go, these new construction floating homes sites are selling at a premium and a chance to build your dream home on the water’s edge.  As you can see here, the preparations have begun for one lucky floating home owner!

Wards Cove Lake Union

Ward’s Cove in Lake Union

Two Slips Are Better Than One

Take your pick: calm, protected waters during the winter months or high tale it out to center stage at the end of dock for some amazing summer time fun

Comfortably open floor plan

Truly an amazing location for an amazing houseboat.  This beauty is a 60′ long Catamaran designboat  with a steel hull (which was just painted) and insulated with polyurethane foam cylinders.  Extensive and thoughtful care has been taken by The Ark’s owner.  The 1,000 square feet of living space (including 2 bedrooms and 1.50 baths) has the style and sophistication you deserve on the water!  Forced air in all the rooms, two new engines in 2007 with 135 hp and 4 cylinders plus a 220 gallon water storage tank.

Insulated storm windows throughout, high speed internet cable available, hot water showe to rinse off after a kayak trip to the favorite, local Aqua Verde restaurant.  Financing options are available ~ feel free to contact us to answer more of your questions or a free tour.

A popular kayak’s cafe

Seattle’s Amazon Gets A New Home

Seattle’s Amazon Gets A New Home!

We’ve all heard about the changes occurring in the southern edge of Lake Union for some time.  Mercer Street getting a face lift, the new street car quietly tracking up and down the south side roads and Amazon moving it’s headquarters.  201 Boren Avenue is the site for the new giant e-retailer.  I think it’s a sure bet to say housing will become highly precious starting right now.

Read the full Seattle P.I.’s article Capitol Hill is a wonderful place to live and a short commute.  Eastlake
is another awesome neighborhood!  Eastlake provides tons of westerly sunshine, famous Pete’s Wine and Grocery Store, a houseboat community that is unbelievable, and a sweet little cafe on the corner of Eastlake & Lynn called The 14 Carrot Cafe.  Many townhouses and condos have been built up in this neighborhood over the past five years.  But you will still find a mix of the old and the new here.  Plus you can watch Kenmore Air seaplanes come and go on a daily basis.
Capitol Hill/Portage Bay currently has 16 beautiful homes for sale, a peaceful park, and quiet streets.  Tons of history live in the walls of these homes.  So if you like upper end homes with in-city living style, North Capitol Hill is definitely for you.

Surrounding Amazon and Lake Union Real Estate:  Areas To Know And Places To Buy

Queen Anne: Lower EastsideYou want to walk or bike to work?  Then Queen Anne is the place for you.  Loaded with tasty eats, cool record stores, and a walking path to work.

And last but certainly not least…consider a SEATTLE FLOATING HOME for your next new address.  Enjoy all sides of Lake Union.  Take a quick bike ride on the Cheshiahud Loop!

Co-ops: What’s The Deal?

Co-ops:  What’s The Deal? The other day I held a Broker’s Open at Portage Bay, Eastlake, Westlake, Center For Wooden Boats – and more! Cooper Jacobs Real Estate’s new houseboat listing on Lake Union.  A man and his family stopped by.  He has a job that requires him to travel from Bellingham to Seattle and needed a place to live while he’s in town.  I told him the background on 2764 Westlake Ave N Unit #D: a rare 1910, 479 square feet of lake living, views of Gas Works Park, Fremont bridge, Queen Anne, and um, the water of course.  Lots of water.  Anyway, one bed, one bath, and opportunities to build up and it’s mortgage is a co-op.  He raised his eyebrows.  “What’s THAT?”

I told him you own a share in a big corporation.  You don’t hold the Title but you hold a share in the overall portfolio in the co-op on that dock.  So, I explained, you are almost like leasing it BUT you have a shared legal entity.  Your voice is heard.  Just like a condominium building, a co-op has a board of directors responsible for business decisions.

The monthly co-op dues are usually lower than condomium (home owner association or HOA) dues.  Why?  Because a co-op is non-profit.  But check with your real estate agent on this, because much like the neighborhoods in Seattle, every one is different.

A most brilliant website (thank you again Wikipedia!) has an indepth explaination of co-ops in all different countries.  So don’t be afraid of the word “co-op”.  Oh…and don’t be afraid to check out more beautiful houseboats in Seattle – one of the largest communities of houseboats of all kinds!  Yes indeed – and in Seattle, we have an entire association JUST for houseboats.

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