Seattle Houseboats: What A Difference A Few Weeks Makes In The Floating Home World!

Wow!  What a difference a few weeks makes for Seattle houseboats.


If you want to go back and review my Seattle Floating Homes Market Report from September, then please do so. In the course of three days in the first week or so in October, four Seattle floating homes went pending and one closed in escrow! There are only five Seattle floating homes for sale currently and only 2 of those are under $600k.

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Seattle Houseboats:  What A Difference A Few Weeks Makes In The Floating Home World!

Seattle houseboats for sale:  Of the five floating homes available for sale, here is the info:  These range in price from $550,000 to $1,890,000 with a median list price of $1,100,000.  Of these, my favorite is 2017 Fairview Ave E , Slip #O. It has owned moorage – the only one under $600 that owns its own slip.  It is well done, charming, updated, and on a great dock. They are also offering $6000 to go towards your closing costs. It’s a steal…

Pending in the MLS: There are 5 pending Seattle floating homes per the NWMLS.  These Seattle houseboats range in price from $345,000 to $1,300,000.

Seattle houseboats SOLD:  2369 Fairview Ave E #2 has closed in escrow! This is a luxury floating home on the high end Fairview Landing dock. It was listed for $2,950,000 and had a final sales price of $2,850,000 (96.61% sales price to list price). The home is a 3 bedroom 1.75 bath 2150 square foot “houseboat” built in 2009. It sold for $1,325.58 per square foot.


Would you like more information on these sales or Seattle floating homes both off and on the market? 

Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841 courtney@cooperjacobs.com

Molly Cartwright 206.841.6800 molly@cooperjacobs.com

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate:  Seattle Houseboats Realtors

If You Have A Seattle Floating Home And Thinking About Moving, We Need More Inventory. Here Is Why:

Seattle floating homes inventory has been the story on Lake Union all through 2012 and continues to be  a significant consideration into 2013.  

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Currently, there are only 4 Seattle floating homes for sale – three of which are in the million dollar plus range.  The lowest priced Seattle floating home for sale right now is priced at $499,000 and in the Eastlake neighborhood.  There are two in Portage Bay for sale right now and one on the Roanoke Reef dock in Eastlake.  The price on these range from $499,000 for 2331 Fairview Ave E #C  to $1,675,000 for 10 E Roanoke Street # 10 – both listed by Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Seattle Floating Homes Brokers  Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright.

There are three floating homes pending inspection or pending right now as well.  One is in Portage Bay for just under $500,000, and two are in Eastlake and priced between $475,000 and $825,000.  Both of these were on the market for under 30 days demonstrating the demand from current Seattle floating home prospective buyers.

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One Seattle floating home in Roanoke Reef (#3) has closed in the last 30 days.  It was listed for $1,490,000 and sold for $1,357,000.

Getting it ready for the houseboat market:  One component of a quick sale is proper preparation.  This requires a broker who specializes in not only floating homes, but innovative and creative marketing that is unique when compared to other brokers.  Courtney Cooper with help from Molly Cartwright initially listed the floating home located at 2031 Fairview Ave E (Houseboat # E) and the recipe for success was put in place which included a variety of ingredients.

 From the listing brokers:

A luxury home Stager was brought in and  a professional photographer lined up.  A housekeeper contributed to the process as well.  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate already owns the domain for this dock address (as well as others around the lake) so setting up a website that specializes in the listings that they represent on these docks is an extremely useful tool for consumers when looking for floating homes.  We have other sites that we feature our listings on as well as the address site including CooperJacobs.com. SeattleAfloat.com, and many more.  Your Seattle floating home will be found by anyone looking.  In fact, they can’t avoid finding it. 

You can reach brokers who specialize in houseboats at houseboats@cooperjacobs.com.  If you are interested in learning more about the current market or finding our the value of your Seattle floating home, you can email: homes@SeattleAfloat.com.  In addition, here is the full detail sheet of the current 2013 market:  Seattle Floating Homes 2013 Market.

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

 

 

 

Seattle Luxury Floating Homes: Record Sale Price For Lake Union Houseboats

Seattle Luxury Floating Homes:  Record Sale Price For Lake Union Houseboats

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On 10/30/2012 after 60 days on the market and multiple offers including a back up offer in case the first one failed, Floating Home #1 on the Fairview Landing dock (2369 Fairvew Ave E) closed in escrow and set a new record in recent history for Seattle floating homes and also became a significant placesetter in Seattle luxury homes sales in 2012 as well.

Buzz around the lake on a historic high floating home sale:  

This Seattle floating home was listed for an incredible $3,375,000, and surprisingly did not receive full price even with multiple offers and incredible interest, but still places itself in the top for houseboat sales on Lake Union.  Seattle Floating Home Realtor Courtney Cooper at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate told us, “You just wish you could sell some of these distinctive homes to everyone who desires and covets them, but unfortunately this was a once in a lifetime home.”  There are other exceptional floating homes on the Fairview Landing dock which itself seems more like a floating luxury neighborhood of sprawling estates than a traditional Seattle houseboat dock at times.  Recent sales on the dock have been in excess of $2 Million dollars and Cooper counts herself as one of the Lake Union Realtors who has a book of clients waiting to snap one up.
The final sales price on this Seattle luxury floating home was recorded at $3,000,000, but there was apparently some seller financing which made the future interest earned worth taking the lower recorded price.

It still goes down as a record sale in the floating home market.

Seattle Luxury Floating Homes: What Docks To Look For

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Looking at Seattle luxury floating homes?  

There   are quite a few high end floating homes to choose from and most of them can be found at the end of the dock, but if you are interested in living on a Seattle floating homes dock where the homes are all the nicest on the lake, then there are some docks that you should look at for all that is luxury on Lake Union:

Roanoke Reef Dock (10 E Roanoke):  Look for fee simple ownership here! Garage parking, moorgae slips, high end finishes, and many front row slips.  Homes in Roanoke Reef range in the $1M to $2M area and currently there is one available (think front row).

Fairview Landing Dock (2369 Fairview Ave E):  This is a smaller dock with very architecturally inspired beautiful luxury floating homes.  Features of dock include condo ownership of your moorage slip, moorage for a boat alongside your home, roof top decks, concrete dock, secure parking, gated entry, basements in some of the homes, and more.  Most recently sold homes at 2369 Fairview Ave E were in the $2M range and currently there is one home available on the dock.

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Wards Cove (2821 Fairview Ave E):  Seattle floating homes new construction?  This is where you do it!  only a few slips left that range from the $600k mark and up…Mallard Cove Dock (2600 Fairview Ave E):  Tucked away behind Roanoke Reef, but with fabulous views, parking, bigger floating homes, and moorage slips for boats, Mallard Cove is a primo location on Lake Union.

There are some great  Seattle floating homes that are currently available for sale.  If you are interested in touring Seattle luxury floating homes for sale, please let me know – I am happy to show you all of the available properties.

Look for all the houseboat listings at Seattle Houseboats.

Contact Courtney Cooper at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate courtney@cooperjacobs.com if you have  questions about any of the Seattle houseboats FOR SALE.