Are Seattle Houseboats A Good Investment?

Are Houseboats A Good Investment?

Are Seattle Houseboats A Good Investment?  In a word:  Yes.  I have more renters contacting me for houseboat living and each day the list grows longer and longer.  Why?  Because it’s different, cool, convenient, and what better way to live waterfront-style than renting someone else’s investment. 

This blog is not so much directed at the renters wanting to know those houseboats for rent…it’s directed more to those INVESTORS who want to secure a great real estate purchase in Seattle’s well known houseboat community.  It’s been documented that you post an ad for a rental houseboat on craigslist, postlets, or facebook and you will get it occupied in two days flat.

Is now a good time to buy a houseboat?  Another word:  Yes.  Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union lends on houseboats with a 25% downpayment and a 45% debt to income ratio with a credit score of 680 or better.  Many times folks will buy a houseboat with cash because they’re affordable so lending isn’t required.  Do they appreciate over time?  GOOD QUESTION.  It’s such a personal choice for a buyer and they can look for years.  So the appreciation is in the eye of the beholder…or just in the next owner.  However just like anything you want to buy it must be in the best shape possible, curb appeal, great marketing, and above all – value/good price needs to be established.

Seattleafloat.com has a quite impressive houseboat for sale that, yes is currently rented, and is a SUPER investment in Gas Works Park Marina.  Own your moorage, own your houseboat, and make a profit.

Call or email me for a private showing on one of the best kept secrets on Lake Union.

Own Fee Simple Seattle Houseboat (or boat) Dock On Lake Union

Seattle Houseboat Living:  Own Fee Simple On Lake Union

seattle floating home for saleUPDATE: (THIS SEATTLE FLOATING HOME IS SOLD NOW)

There are basically four types of Seattle houseboats docks to live on in Lake Union:  Co-op, Condo, Leased, and the prize:  Fee Simple.

Introducing 3310 Fuhrman Ave East:  Fee simple.  Own your Seattle floating home dock.  Own your floating home moorage.  Own your 2 parking spaces.  Own your floating home.  Own your cottage.  This piece of prime fee simple Seattle real estate on Lake Union is truly one of a kind.

Included in this property is 34 feet of owned Lake Union waterfront on the lake side, an additional 34 feet of private Lake Union moorage on the side, a remodeled floating home with two bedrooms, private balcony off the master, another lakefront over the water cottage with new pilings, a yard with gardening space and trees,  and two parking spaces.  If this isn’t Seattle Waterfront Living℠ on Lake Union, then I don’t know what is.

If you are interested in affordable and interesting waterfront living, then don’t miss this once in a Lake Union lifestyle opportunity.

Molly 206-841-6800 or houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Seattle Houseboat Featured In Upcoming Coastal Living Magazine!

Seattle HouseboatsSeattle Houseboat Featured In Upcoming Coastal Living Magazine!

UPDATE; THIS SEATTLE HOUSEBOAT IS NO LONGER FOR SALE:

Don’t miss this modern and sleekest Seattle houseboat of all Seattle Houseboats – just listed and in a primo location with great views of Lake Union life, city, and mountains, This beautiful state of the art Seattle houseboat has high end finishes throughout starting with its custom aluminum hull and all the way up to its expansive roof top deck which has been known to have a few people jump off for a dip in the lake from time to time.

Seattle houseboats interiorSeattle houseboat features of this one:

  • Custom built to every detail in 2007 with hand finished woodwork throughout
  • Condominium fee simple owned moorage slip
  • 1000 Square feet inside
  • Large heated deck off living room
  • Expansive roof top deck
  • Gas cooking and fireplace
  • Upscale Viking appliances
  • Wine Fridge
  • Built ins/ storage galore
  • Dog/pet friendly
  • 2 bedrooms/1.5 baths
  • Brazilian Teak floors
  • Radiant floors in Master Bath
  • 100 Amp service
  • Whole House Sound System
  • Tongue & Groove hand finished Cedar ceilings
  • Garage Parking plus tons of guest street parking
  • Custom aluminum hull with high density insulating foam to avoid condensation plus has 8 yards of concrete for ballast

Eco Earth friendly finishes including:seattle houseboats

  • Paper Stone countertops
  • Jean scrap insulation
  • Certified lumber
  • Low volume washer/dryer
  • Low flow toilets
  • Osmo Environmental finish
  • On demand water heater
  • Recycled glass tile
  • Natural wool carpet
  • Electric Duffy companion boat

Seattle Houseboat Living at it’s finest:  Low dues of $180/month cover Lake Union moorage, water, electricity, use of gym in Lake Union Crew Building.  Want to see this one or other Seattle houseboats for sale right now?  We are happy to take you on a tour!

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2764 Westlake Ave N # D, Seattle Floating Home Just Listed!

2764 Westlake Ave N # D, Seattle Floating Home Just Listed!

$365,500 with co-op owned Lake seattle houseboatsUnion moorage

Really adorable Historic Seattle Houseboat D:  Want a Seattle floating home?  Enjoy life on Lake Union in this great floating home circa 1910 but with great updates through the years.  This is one of the originals!  Log foundation with newer roof and deck on co-op owned Lake Union moorage dock!

Sleeping loft, large kitchen, plus additional den/office to the back, this floating home has vaulted ceilings, skylights, and more!  Great condo alternative for in city living with flair.  Cats ok and dogs ok with co-op approval.  Low dues cover almost everything you need!

Just steps from Fremont at the base of Queen Anne along Westlake Ave N, this is the perfect location for easy access to Downtown Seattle, Queen Anne, Fremont, and more and right on the Cheshiahud Loop (Lake Union Loop) with quick access to all the other walking and cycling trails and paths that intersect right in that area! Another perk? Right by new Amazon location!

Throw your kayak in at the end of the dock and enjoy Life Afloat in Seattle™!

Want more info on this Seattle floating home or other Seattle Houseboats?  Call/Text Molly 206-841-6800
Lake Union Afloat

UPDATE: THIS SEATTLE FLOATING HOME IS SOLD

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Seattle Houseboats: Creative Living & Part of Nature

Seattle Houseboats livingSeattle Houseboats: Creative Living & Part Of Nature: Seattle Houseboat Living is one of the most unique in Seattle:

Are you a creative person looking for your perfect Seattle waterfront nest?

As we go into the snowy winter this year, I wanted to share one of my favorite houseboat shots from this summer:

The “Duck Lodge” floating raft is located on one of the Eastlake Seattle floating home docks and a great way to welcome in Seattle’s nature.  This creative Seattle houseboater has made a duck house instead of a dog house on a floating raft attached to the float the home is on.

Lake Union Houseboats:  living close to nature!
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Ducks aren’t the only nature a Seattle houseboat owner co-exists with.  Lake Union is a working lake with fish and fowl everywhere. Here is a peaceful guy.  For being right in the middle of the city, the banks of Eastlake are incredibly peaceful and a great place to land for Seattle waterfront homes

 Seattle Houseboats Big Force In Keeping Lake Union Clean

In what seems like thinly veiled political agendas, the Seattle houseboat community has long been targeted as being potentially harmful environmentally over the years.  The truth of the matter is that Seattle houseboat owners have been a major force in cleaning up Lake Union so that we all can enjoy it.  One of the requirements for living on a floating home successfully is a fondness and care for the environment.

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Call /Text Molly 206-841-6800  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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