Seattle Floating Home With Space Needle Views

seattle floating homesCome Home To This Oasis! Newly Redone Seattle Floating Home With Space Needle Views in Eastlake:

Let’s talk about this Seattle floating homes location for a minute and the incredible peaceful yet exciting combination of living surrounded by nature in the middle of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.     It’s the perfect place to live after a busy day at work!

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Walk or Uber from South Lake Union . Feel your shoulders relax and unwind as you walk down the 2017 dock because just strolling down this dock is a real treat.

This is the southern most dock on Lake Union with wide open views of the lake and city. The 2017 dock is one of three that makes up the famed and well organized Log Foundation.  Besides being one of the most well run cooperatively owned dock groups on the lake, this community has also elevated container gardening to an absolute art form. It is truly paradise.

PS  – you can also walk to cool places like Serafina, SLU, Essential Bakery, Starbucks, Pete’s Market, and more.seattle houseboats for sale

 

Step aboard your newly remodeled floating home in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood. Gorgeous kitchen includes granite counter tops, new cabinets, under counter refrigerator, and warm your toes on the heated Travertine floors. Or opt to use your outdoor grill while soaking up the sun and Lake Union  and city skyline views. In the lower level, a comfortable master bedroom with ample closets, a cozy fireplace, and access to the lake from your deck. Second bedroom plus bonus room.  $1,850,000

2017 Fairview Ave E #N

Newly listed and just featured in Curbed Magazine, this home was redone top to bottom and can be yours before Fourth Of July!  Call or text Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 or email houseboats@cooperjacobs.com for your private showing or more information. 

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

 

 

 

Pictures Of My Day at Westlake on Lake Union

Pictures Of My Day today at Westlake Cove on Lake Union.  Life is good!

Westlake Cove in February

Floating Home Perennial Gardens
Lake Life

Lake Life

Want to learn more about Seattle houseboats?  We are happy to help!  Molly 206-841-6800

Floating Home Gardening: Trees on Houseboat Docks

The Willow Tree although it is so big that it is impossible for a camera to do it justice...

Seattle houseboat gardening – what about trees without containers?  It happens…

Every once in a while, I just have to stop and look at some of the most amazing things that can happen in nature. The first time I saw a full grown tree growing out of the water was at a Log Foundation dock in Eastlake and I have been amazed by it ever since. Each year it gets bigger as if it is growing on a hillside instead of in a lake.

Trees add a lot to the landscape of Seattle houseboats.  Having all the greenery somehow magically transports you right out of the city that you happened to be living in the middle of.

Tree trunk on houseboat dock...

Lake Union & Portage Bay houseboats have some fascinating trees – one example is the gigantic willow tree at the entrance to the Willow Dock in Eastlake. This tree is a thing of beauty if you ever get the chance to just walk by and take a peek (2321 Fairview Ave E).  It is actually growing out of the ground on the banks of Lake Union and not on the dock itself, but it is so incredible that I could not just omit it.

There are some other great examples, too. The Old Boathouse Dock over in Westlake near the Aurora Bridge has a whole grove of trees that are flourishing and providing great habitat and natural settings…

Lake Union Views mingle with tree tops on one Westlake Dock

 Share your great Seattle houseboat ideas, too! 

Make sure and send in some of your pictures if you have trees on your docks – I would love to see them or any of your floating garden pictures or ideas!  Seattle houseboaters are among the most creative gardeners I have ever seen!  You can email them to me at courtney@SeattleAfloat.com and thank you in advance!

The Seattle Floating Homes Association Houseboat Tour 9/12

Save the date: September 12th: The Seattle Floating Homes Association Houseboat Tour

We are getting so excited about this year’s Seattle Floating Homes Association Houseboats Tour – The selections are almost complete and this year’s houseboat tour is shaping up to be one of the most memorable. Stay tuned for tickets to go on sale to the public very soon. This is your exclusive peek at houseboat life behind the walls and it only happens once every two years.

This year the theme is all about looking at Seattle floating homes through the years and there will be great representations for all types of floating home life – historical to modern, funky to sleek, and more. Go ahead and save the date: September 12th! Email me if you want more details: Courtney@SeattleAfloat.com