Current Seattle Floating Homes Market – What is Happening Out There?

Besides rain, snow, and dull darkness?  A touch of sun here and a glimpse of blue sky there. The current Seattle houseboats market is stirring up as we trudge through Winter and many are starting to think about getting their floating homes and houseboats ready for the Spring 2011 market.

So, Current Seattle Houseboats Market – What is Happening Out There with floating homes on Lake Union and in Portage Bay?

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It is hard to weed through the actual Seattle floating homes in the NWMLS right now.  The code for them is 24-Houseboats, but that code is also used for houseboats that are vessels and more recently has been used for Lake Union moorage sites at Ward’s Cove.  In addition, there is a land home also mixed in with the houseboats because it is at the head of the dock… This can all be confusing for the consumer, so I have gone through and weeded through all the houseboat listings and pulled the Seattle floating homes from them.

There are only 6  Seattle floating homes for sale right now – 3 in Westlake, 3 in Eastlake, and no Portage Bay floating homes.  If your houseboat is on the market, then that is good news for you because competition is low.   Interested buyers in floating homes have increased in the last two weeks noticeably for us. This is getting the current Seattle houseboats for sale a lot more attention than in the previous holiday months.

Westlake houseboats for sale – There are three Seattle houseboats for sale in Westlake Cove right now.  They range in price from $299,000 to $850,000.  Westlake Cove is near the Fremont Bridge and on the Lake Union Loop with very easy parking and quick access Downtown – a perfect spot for Amazon employees or anyone coming to work at The Gates Foundation.

Eastlake Houseboats for sale – Also on the Lake Union Loop, there are also three Seattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake.  These range in price from $495,000 for a Seattle floating home on a leased dock to $3,450,000 for a contemporary wonder on the Fairview Landings dock.

Summary Seattle Houseboats data on actives– Seattle floating homes for sale range from $299,000 to $3,450,000 with an average of $1,020,494 and median list price of $562,475.

Pending Sales – There is one floating home on one of the Sleepless In Seattle docks that is pending at $975,000.

Last 30 days of escrow closings – Winter has been slow.  Over at Lee’s Mooring – 933 N Northlake Way Houseboat #14 closed on 1/12/2011.  It was listed for $799,950 and on the market for 249 days.  It sold for 90.88% of its list price with a final sales price of $727,000.

What’s Next?

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If you are a Seattle houseboat buyer, come out and see the inventory.  If you have seen them before, come see them again.  Sellers are willing to negotiate and your best opportunity is now before the market heats up.

If you are a Seattle houseboat seller, the inventory is low and that means competition is low. There are less buyers, but you can be sure to get in front of them.  As Spring approaches, think about what improvements or sprucing up you can do to get your houseboat ready for the market.

Call or email me if you want to see anything or need a check list:) 206-850-8841/courtney@seattleafloat.com

Seattle Houseboats Real Estate Market Update

Seattle Houseboats Real Estate Market Update

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Seattle houseboats for sale

There are pretty amazing choices right now and there are some once in a lifetime opportunities available as far as properties, price, location, and more.  In all, there are 13 Seattle floating homes for sale that are currently marked as Active listings in the Seattle MLS.  In addition to those, there is also a once in a lifetime custom houseboat at 11 E Allison and Lake Union floating home moorage at Ward’s Cove.

Westlake & Northlake Floating Homes For Sale:

There are five Seattle floating homes in Westlake & Northlake for sale right now in the MLS which range in price from $325,000 to $975,000.  The most affordable of these is priced at $325,000 for  a charming 100 year old historic houseboat which also happens to be a bargain condo alternative for anyone thinking about moving to Seattle or South Lake Union.  Another great Westlake houseboat is priced at $450,000 and offers two bedrooms, a sauna, available Lake Union moorage for up to 20 feet and one of the bigger decks on the lake.

Eastlake Floating Homes For Sale:

There are five Eastlake Houseboats for sale that are marked as Active in the MLS right now. These range in price from $$495,000 to $1,720,000 and include many  choices on wonderful docks like The Log Foundation, Roanoke Reef, Willow Dock, and more (Look for great Seattle houseboats on these Eastlake docks during the upcoming Seattle Floating Homes Tour).

A nice houseboat option which has lots of space and excellent upgrades is the 1930’s 2 bedroom home on the Willow Dock.

This dock is a co-op which means your moorage is owned not leased. It is a nice dock and has extras like gas plumbed.  This Eastlake floating home has a gas fireplace and cooking which is pretty special.  It also is two bedrooms plus a sleeping loft, a roof top deck, and remodeled bath.  There are hardwood and slate floors, and it is bestowed with a  Lake Union moorage slip for a companion boat!  You can see it if you are coming to the Seattle Floating Homes Association Tour because it will be open in addition to others on tour and is on the same dock as another houseboat on tour.  It is priced at $595,000 and dues/taxes are LOW.

Portage Bay Floating Homes For Sale:

There are two Portage Bay floating homes for sale marked as Active in the MLS right now – these range from $715,000 to $795,000.  Portage Bay offers some nice amenities and is a little quieter than Eastlake, but just a hop over the hill to all the action.

Recent Seattle Houseboat Real Estate Activity:

There are two Seattle floating homes that are marked as Pending Inspection in the MLS right now.  One of these is on E Hamlin in Portage Bay and the other is on The Dox dock in Eastlake.  They are priced at $645,000 and $2,250,000.

Recent Houseboat MLS Sales Include 3 Seattle Floating Homes:

A Mallard Cove floating home listed for $1,250,000 sold  on 7/15/2010 at $1,242,500 (99.4% SP /LP).  A beautiful custom remodel sold on The Old Boathouse Dock in Westlake on 7/15/2010 – it was listed for $749,950 and sold at 98.67% of list for $740,ooo with multiple offers.  A nice Lake Union floating home in Eastlake was listed for $749,000 and closed on 8/27/2010 after selling for 90.32% of list for $676,500.

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Written By Courtney Cooper, Designated Broker of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services, Founder of SeattleAfloat.com.

We are proud sponsors and volunteers of this year’s Seattle Floating Homes Tour.  Please call if you are interested in a Seattle houseboat – we are happy to walk you through the process and show you all the houseboats available – no matter who they are listed with! 206-850-8841  courtney@SeattleAfloat.com

Lake Union, Happy 4th of July! – Here Is Some Of The Latest In Seattle Floating Homes – Both In The MLS And Not Listed

Happy 4th Of July!

There is no better place in greater Seattle to enjoy the festivities of the 4th of July than Lake Union. I first discovered this about 15 years ago on the bow of a boat in Westlake snuggled up to my college boyfriend (thanks Pete) at the time. It was raining of course and it did not matter. The fireworks over Lake Union are nothing short of magical and each year it still surprises me how beautiful they are. It is never the same experience and I never tire of it.

Seattle is a jaw dropping fantastic place to live and work – anyone can find something special in this city. Lake Union special and Lake Union homes are special, so here are the latest on Seattle houseboats – both in Lake Union and Portage Bay.

Seattle houseboats for sale: Lots going on out there – both in the MLS and not in the MLS. I know of at least four Seattle floating homes that are not listed but are available or will be available soon and two of them are at the ends of the docks. End of dock moorage is always something people are interested in so it is fun to track how fast they sell. Let us know if you are interested in any off market Seattle houseboat opportunities so we can either get you in there or keep you posted as to their availability.

In looking at Seattle houseboats in the MLS (including floating homes, vessels, and barges) there are currently 19 opportunities*** to live life afloat on Lake Union or Portage Bay plus a handful of Lake Union slips available for new houseboat moorage. “Houseboats” is a general term and refers to all three types of homes that happen to be on the water. Seattle floating homes are the houseboats I generally refer to in most of the posts I write on SeattleAfloat and elsewhere.

So here are details on the current market regarding the Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS right now:

Westlake & Northlake Houseboats – there are 4 Westlake houseboats in the NWMLS for sale right now ranging from $325,000 for a historic Seattle houseboat to $975,000 for a new beauty near the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. In between those ranges, there is a great Westlake floating home on a wide channel with good views into Lake Union and opportunity for boat moorage for only $489,000. In Fremont there is a great dock: Lee’s Mooring and a beautiful floating home for sale on that one for $799,950.

Portage Bay Houseboats – Two floating homes there for sale in the MLS priced at $645,000 and $739,000 (E Shelby St & E Hamlin St).

Eastlake Houseboats: One of the Roanoke Reef houseboats on the front row is for sale- gorgeous views and nice spacious home $1,720,000, There are 4 other opportunities to live on Lake Union along Fairview in an existing houseboat. They range from $575,000 to $749,000 for the four Seattle floating homes for sale***. A really great one is this charming and beautiful Eastlake houseboat for sale on the Willow Dock – it has hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, wrap around deck, moorage for two boats, and lovely radiant heated slate floors in the bath. It is a really great buy on Lake Union at $625,000.

Lake Union Moorage Slips: If you are interested in building or having built a brand new construction houseboat, then look to Ward’s Cove which is one of last brand new Lake Union Moorage slips for sale. There are four in the MLS ranging from $675,000 to $930,000 for the slips on a state of the art dock.

Email us if you want to see any of these or have questions about Seattle floating homes in general. homes@SeattleAfloat.com Have a safe holiday!

***7/3/2010  Later day update:  New Seattle houseboat listing popped up in the MLS – there is now another Fairview houseboat listed – a one bedroom on one of the Log Foundation co-op docks for $495,000***

Seattle Houseboats For Sale: Current Floating Homes Market

Wow! A lot can happen in a week! Bring out the sun and outcome the Seattle houseboats for sale! I wanted to update you all on the new floating homes and give you an overall idea of the market. There are now 13 Seattle floating homes for sale – They range from $349,990 for a 100 year old beauty on a co-op dock in Westlake to $1,720,000 for a fee simple ownership floating home in beautiful Roanoke Reef. The median price for these Seattle floating homes for sale is $725,000.

There are currently 4 Westlake floating homes for sale – 2 in Westlake Cove, 1 on the 2420 dock, and a beauty on the dock just North of the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. This particular one is in the same co-op as Sleepless, but on the South half of the dock just North of it and it is gorgeous! I got a chance to stop in yesterday and see it before my open house. It is listed by famed Rick Miner and he showed me all the great features of this brand new floating home listing. New construction in floating homes is rare and this one is worth seeing!

Seven of these floating homes are in Eastlake. Most Seattle houseboats in Eastlake are on Fairview Ave E, but there are a few docks that fall into other streets. The least expensive floating home on Fairview is a beautiful 1930 houseboat with hardwood floors, radiant heated slate bathroom, roof top view deck, double moorage for multiple boats, and gas on the dock. It is on the beautiful Willow Dock which gets its name from the amazing tree at it’s shore side. There is also a larger floating home on the shore end of the dock with huge spaces – listed at $650,000.

Two homes from the Log Foundation are currently for sale – This is a wonderful floating home community at the South end of Fairview and offers beautiful city views. These are great two bedrooms at $725,000 and $749,000 and happen to be a couple that I love going into. There is also one in Mallard Cove for $1,250,000 – a larger home at 2000 square feet and quite beautiful. The last in Eastlake is the Roanoke Reef home that is currently for sale – it is on the very South end of the dock and has some great spaces including a basement of sorts. In addition, there is one floating home moorage site at Ward’s Cove that offers the newest in floating homes for Seattle. It is listed at $850,000 for the slip.

Other areas of Seattle floating homes: Lee’s Moorings in Northlake aka Fremont has a floating home for sale with a wall of windows – one bedroom at $799,950. It is one of the brightest floating homes we have seen and worth the visit if you are in the market. The dock is very nice, too. Over in Portage Bay, there is a houseboat on Hamlin which just came up for $645,000 – a one bedroom with 800 square feet of living space, but unique shape and quite appealing. I know of one on Boat Street also – high $400’s, brand new, and a great location near the U-District. It is listed with a broker, but has not shown up in the MLS as of yet. I happened to see it while checking on my friend’s houseboat on that dock. The Boat Street dock is leased moorage owned by the University of Washington so the homes are lesser in price, but not as much security for your moorage as an owned dock.

Pending Houseboat Sales – Two Seattle floating homes went pending this last week – one of my favorites on the Lake Union dock in Eastlake and a jaw dropping remodel job in Westlake at the Old Boathouse dock under the Aurora Bridge (This particular one got three offers in a matter of two days). It is gorgeous, too – completely unique and the fridge was an upscale drawer model which really opened up the spaces in there. It has a stunning spiral staircase going up to its view bedrooms and a view deck plus a roof top deck – just amazing. I am sure the lucky new owner will love living there!

Happy Summer!!! That is all for now – let me know if you are interested in seeing any of these at all – I can also help you find the financing and other particular items you need to buy a floating home. courtney@seattleafloat.com

Current Seattle Houseboats For Sale

Well the NWMLS has really gone a little haywire with the changeover to the new Matrix software. As a result, Seattle houseboats for sale are not being updated correctly in the MLS or any of the sites that the listings feed to. Many are still showing without pictures to the public sites even though many professional pictures have been loaded in to the MLS. The glitch should be resolved soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to make sure and get some complete and current data out there for what is available in the Seattle Floating Homes market.

Eastlake, Westlake, Northlake, and Portage Bay Floating Homes For Sale

On The Dox dock – a 2 bedroom 1 bath with an astounding 1450 square feet and soaring ceilings for only $650,000

The Log Foundation – an amazing 1 bedroom floating home with HUGE spaces and a great roof top spot to perch over Lake Union 936 sq ft $749,000

The Lake Union Dock – 2 bedroom/1.5 bath reverse floor plan with really cool cork flooring and great decks plus the best roof top deck I have been on since the last Roanoke Reef floating home that sold. No idea on the square footage but feels pretty spacious and nice views. $749,000

Westlake Cove – The Westlake portion of Lake Union – Brand new carpet, this half bedroom/studio floating home has lots of spaces and an amazing entertaining sized kitchen. Sleeping loft and room to go up a level make this one a great investment on Lake Union! $349,990

The Log Foundation – 2 bedroom with really large utility room and a deeded parking space – I think it is a little over 900 square feet, but no mention of it in the listing – reverse floor plan on this one, too. $769,000

Boyer in Portage Bay– 2 bedroom/1.75 bath 2000 square feet with interest in additional moorage on the dock $2,200,000 (I also saw this one is available for rent for $5500/mo. if you are interested in renting a Seattle houseboat)

Westlake Cove – 2 bedroom 1 bath floating home often mistaken by tourists as the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat, this one has one of the biggest decks I have seen (except for the Sleepless houseboatJ) – adjacent moorage is available for up to 20 feet – great wide channel and lovely views of Lake Union $525,000

The Old Boathouse – Artist inspired obviously – very cool remodel – 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath with a great view over the houseboat in front of you – has moorage. Great dock position – second from end. 1151 sq ft $749,950

Lee’s Mooring – 2 bedroom 1.5 bath super cool modern floating home – Big wall of windows… $799,950

Let us know if you are interested in any Seattle houseboat tours – we can show you anything you want to see – no matter who it is listed by! Courtney@SeattleAfloat.com

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