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.

Seattle houseboats

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

Seattle Floating homes Market Mid Summer Update 2013

There are currently 9 Seattle floating homes for sale that are marked as Active.  This number DOES NOT include slips at Ward’s Cove or vessels/barges.  This is only for actual Seattle floating homes.  If you are interested in learning more about the differences between these diffferent types of Seattle houseboats, then we are happy to help guide you through the differences in all aspects.seattle floating homes for sale

The 9 Seattle floating homes for sale right now range in price from $229,000 for a Portage Bay floating home with no owned moorage to $1,250,000 for another Portage Bay floating home with owned moorage.  In between, all the others are in Fairview in Eastlake with one exception of another Portage Bay Place floating home.  The average dollar per square foot for those active homes is $840.02, but that little guy in Portage Bay is seriously throwing off those numbers because it sits at $458/square foot which is consistent with its lack of owned moorage.  The other dollar per square foots range form $623.75 to $1,250.00 a square foot.  With floating homes, it really is about the amenities that come with the home.  Does it have owned moorage for secure ownership?  Does it have space for a recreational boat to be tied up to the home?  Is there parking? Roof top deck? Style of home?  Size of float, view, location on the dock itself, the list goes on.  Long story short, there will always be a range and each home is different. Getting an evaluation from one of us is the best way to find out how much yours is worth and Molly and I are happy to talk to you!

2207 fairview ave eThere are 2 Seattle floating homes that are pending right now – waiting to close at escrow.  These are both Eastlake floating homes on Fairview and are priced at $839,000 for a 910 sq foot 2 bedroom 1.75 bath and $1,195,000 for a 1294 square foot 3 bedroom 1.75 bath floating home.   The average dollar per square foot on these is $922.74 and the median price is $1,017,000.  One other floating home on the North side of the lake in Fremont at the Lee’s Mooring dock has gone pending inspection.  It is listed for $1,495,000 with 1928 square feet.

In the last 30 days there have been 5 Seattle floating homes that have closed according to the MLS. These houseboat listings range in listing price from $895,000 to $1,598,000 and range in sales price from $895,000 to $1,450,000 with an average dollar per square foot at $902.08 and a median price of $975,000. You can see full details here: floating homes market 07302013

My two favorites on the market right now?

2031 Fairview Ave E #G in Eastlake  AMAZING view and huge float here – beautiful interiors – go up a level or bump it out for even more square footage.  Big time investment opportunity or live in it as is because it is insanely beautiful!  2 bedrooms $1,188,000

2207 Fairview Ave E #8 in Eastlake – beautiful vaulted ceilings and wonderful channel views along with some pretty awesome finishes make this my pick for great houseboats under a million. Huge deck and great space for a boat! 2 bedroom $799,000

seattle houseboats realtors

Are Houseboats Drifting Away?

2143 North Northlake Way #18

2143 North Northlake Way

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 Floating Homes Listings: Opportunities Galore

Seattle Floating Homes Listings: Opportunities Galore Afloat:

If you are interested in being in the Seattle floating homes market right now, then a few interesting opportunities just popped up which offer all the best for the best Seattle Waterfront Living℠ you could possibly imagine.   There are cool floating houses in Portage Bay on Shelby and Boyer and also a better than end of dock Seattle floating home in Eastlake (think front row Roanoke Reef).

Recent Seattle Floating Homes SOLD:

2321 Fairview Ave E #10 in Eastlake listed for $519,500 and sold in 20 days for $505,000.  It is a 2 bedroom houseboat with 990 square feet according to the MLS listing and closed on 5/25/2012.

933 N Northlake Way #5 in Northlake  Listed and sold for $595,000 – 1 bedroom  Lee’s Mooring floating home on the market for 9 days and closed on 6/22/2012.

10 E Roanoke Reef #16 – only on the market for 8 days  – listed at $1,295,000 and sold for $1,250,000 – 2 bedrooms, closed on 6/18/2012.  Roanoke Reef in Eastlake (fee simple floating homes with garages…).

Here is the full sheet on the current Seattle floating homes market:

Seattle Floating Homes Market Update

Want a peek at the least expensive way to dip your feet into Lake Union floating homes:

2764 Westlake Ave N Houseboat # D

Offered at just $275,000  and don’t start to think there is a catch because there isn’t.

  • Owned Lake Union Moorage (Co-op owned moorage is a very secure way to own the land that your Seattle floating home is in)
  • LOW Taxes and dues (you will be shocked at the affordability compared to the warnings some might give you as to the affordability of a Seattle floating home)
  • LOW Mortgage Interest rates available (ask me for referrals for your Seattle Houseboat financing needs because it is different than a traditional mortgage in requirements and terms)
  • Sleeping loft with room to go up below city height restrictions.
  • extra room for office or second sleeping room
  • large bathroom can accomodate a full laundry suite
  • ridiculously large entertaining kitchen
  • Very friendly dock form my experiences there
  • Westlake Cove is quite protected form rougher waters in parts of Lake Union

seattle floating homes listings

At the base of Queen Anne! Enjoy life afloat in one of the most private spots along Westlake: Large kitchen & wonderful sleeping loft, plus a great office. Newer roof and deck – Great access to Downtown, Queen Anne & Fremont, walking/cycling trails (including the Cheshiahud Loop) w/ all the perks of living on Lake Union!  If you are looking for Amazon Housing or other Housing near South Lake Union, then this is a GREAT Choice!

UPDATE: THIS SEATTLE HOUSEBOAT IS NOT FOR SALE  – SOLD

This is a great Seattle floating home for sale – you can compare it to other Seattle houseboats for sale right now and see that this one is a GREAT BUY!   Seattle houseboats and slips for sale

Email:  courtney@cooperjacobs.com

Call or Text: 206.850.8841

Seattle Floating Homes Market Update May 2012

seattle floating homesSeattle Floating Homes Market Update  May 2012

Inventory is still low.  There are only SIX Seattle floating homes on the market right now.  They range in price form $350,000 for a 2 bedroom 1 bath 1000 square foot floating home in Westlake to $2,150,000 for a 2 bedroom 1.75 bath 2216 square feet Seattle floating home on Portage Bay with extra moorage for great Lake Union slip rental income potential.  In addition there are still some Ward’s Cove slips available if you are interested in new construction Seattle floating homes.

Other Seattle floating homes for sale are on docks located at 2821 Fairview Ave E, 933 N Northlake Way (lee’s Moorings), 2201 Fairview Ave E, and 1215 E Allison St – these are all in Westlake, Eastlake, and Portage Bay, as well as Northlake for the Lee’s Mooring dock.

Pending in Escrow:  There is a Roanoke Reef floating home for sale that is currently pending after being on the market for just 8 days (Roanoke Reef floating home owners, please take note:  If your home did not sell on that dock then it was not priced right or was not marketed correctly or in some cases, both.).  This was a 2 bedroom 2.5 bath 1931 square feet floating home listed at $1,295,000.

Latest SOLD Seattle floating homes: 2770 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat #5 – a 2 bedroom 1 bath Seattle floating home on the Old Boathouse dock.  It is 987 square feet and was listed for $475,000 and finally sold after 285 days for $407,000.  One thing to consider when looking at the price this one sold for versus the list price is the Aurora Bridge overhead which did make some buyers shy away.  It is interesting because stand on the dock for five minutes and you won’t even notice the bridge. Add to that the bonus this lucky buyer got was on eof the biggest floating “back yards” on Lake Union.

You can find the full NWMLS print out here for the current Seattle Floating Homes market, but if you have specific questions about Seattle houseboats for sale, please let me know.  I am happy to help. :

seattle floating homes market update

There are some new financing options out there for Seattle floating homes – if you want to get in to the market, you will need special financing, insurance, etc. I am happy to help you navigate.  Oh!  Also ask me about getting a sneak peek of my next Seattle floating home listing….   -Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841  courtney@cooperjacobs.com