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Seattle Houseboats Living: Floating Home Just Listed

Incredible community in Seattle! Small neighborhood feel while living in the middle of the city. Natural setting and the sounds of water offer the perfect city life.

Seattle houseboats living at its best in this cool Eastlake Floating home!

Have you thought about life in Seattle on a houseboat or floating home? Seattle houseboats living afloat is fabulous and here is a great floating home available now! Best panoramic views of Lake Union and beyond from your expansive rooftop deck on this super cool Seattle floating home in sought after Eastlake. Beautiful floating Seattle oasis with owner’s suite includes gorgeous bath and its own private southwest facing deck to admire the lake activity. One more bedroom or office on this level. Travel upstairs and capture incredible natural light and open concept with living room, dining room, eat in kitchen and half bath. Innotech tilt & turn windows are also special finds on floating homes.

Everyone who dreams of Seattle Houseboats Living, wants a great outdoor space, so we especially love the deck conveniently off this level for grilling up dinner. Then there is the rooftop deck! Seattle floating homes with rooftop decks are always on wish lists, but to find one so large is truly your own private “backyard”.

This is a great dock filled with awesome floating home and land neighbors and in a wonderful location. Living on a Seattle floating home is an absolute great way to enjoy all that the city has to offer while being in your own private water world with nature. It really makes the outside world melt away and is also great for easy access to water sports! $1,600,000

Details of this Seattle Floating Home

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1.5 baths
  • 1155 Square feet
  • $550/month dues cover water, sewer, garbage, taxes on submerged parcel
  • roof top deck
  • co-op dock so you own a share in the dock to secure your slip ownership.
  • Full Listing and to schedule and appt: 2031 Fairview Ave E Slip E
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Seattle Houseboats Realtors: Courtney Cooper / Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800

Let us tour you through this beautiful floating home! Molly and Courtney are Seattle Floating homes experts and here to be your absolute advocates when it comes to houseboats living. We can help you from start to finish and beyond and welcome you to our beloved neighborhood. Have questions? 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 houseboats@coopercartwright.com

Seattle Houseboats Living: Moving Into A Floating Home Logistics

Moving by boat… Seattle houseboats living!

This is an interesting topic in the Seattle houseboats world. When you move into a home on land, you schedule the moving truck and they back into your driveway or park on the street in front of your home. What happens when you move in or out of a floating home? The answer is it depends. It depends on a number of factors and features really of your dock.

Seattle views on the water…
  1. Location. You hear about location, location, location in Seattle real estate, but never does that come into play more than when you are moving in or out of a floating home in Seattle. The neighborhood in which your dock is located is a crucial part of the puzzle when it comes to figuring out logistics of a move. Floating homes are at street ends and alleys in many cases in Portage Bay, and tight streets exist in Eastlake, Fremont, Wallingford, and Westlake. Taking the time to find out if the moving truck can even fit close to your dock is important. Make sure to have the movers come out and map out the plan.
  2. Communication. Let your dock know the plan. There may be a loading zone or parking spaces which need to be reserved.
  3. Security. You may need to ask for help from someone who can physically watch your belongings while furniture and boxes are moved up or down the dock so that the truck is not left unattended at any time.
  4. Use of Dolly, Cart, etc. First of all, make sure that the wheels of a third party cart or dolly are not going to be damaging to your dock surface. Seattle floating home docks usually have great carts for moving your belongs up and down the dock, but you might want to ask the dock board if it is okay to use them for a floating home household move. They are in place at the head of the houseboats dock so that all the floating home residents can use them in every day life. Additional wear and tear on them may not be welcome.
  5. Moving from dock to dock or from one floating home on the dock to another on the same dock? Consider filling a boat! This is especially great for planters and outdoor furniture, but can be a great mode of transport for indoor belongs as well.
  6. Leveling it. Last note and important!!! When you move furniture in and out you may need to call a diver to come level your home – especially if you are moving a particularly heavy piece of furniture! The diver may need to come out and move flotation around or add more…

There are some great choices available right now – both on land and in the floating home world. Let us know if you are interested in exploring our amazing Seattle neighborhoods. Molly and I live and work in Seattle and are your absolute advocates in the Seattle houseboats world. Current Seattle floating homes listings range in price from $995,000 to $2,950,000 and can be found in Eastlake and Portage Bay.

Court & Molly at the head of an Eastlake dock.

Contact us. We are your Seattle Houseboats Experts and look forward to helping you and answering all your questions. Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 | Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Seattle Floating Homes – Luxury Details In This New Build

What a gorgeous day! We always say that this is the kind of weather that was made to show off Seattle houseboats! This luxury new construction floating home build is no exception to that. This is the last floating home available in the Stillwater Landing development. It is that one that was held back because the design was so incredible. It is also the last basement allowed in Seattle floating homes per current city rules. This luxury lake home is incredible!!! Three levels of living space with high ceilings, luxury finish work, and radiant warm floors. It has boat moorage and garage parking – complete with electrical to install a car charger if you want. It really has it all… and you own your own moorage. $2,950,000

This is a once in a lifetime buy as the city has a net zero policy on these and no more new Seattle floating homes will be allowed to add to the number that we have on the lake already. In addition, no additional basements will be permitted according to the code. It’s also rare to get a garage parking space and be in this incredible corner of Portage Bay. You can check out the listing details here: 2816 Boyer Ave E #B

We would be happy to show you this property. We have lender, inspector, appraiser, and insurance referrals for these special waterfront properties and we are happy to walk you through each step. We look forward to showing you this floating home or others and are your absolute advocates for Lake Union homes and waterfront living. Courtney Cooper or Molly Cartwright 206-850-8841/206-841-6800 courtney@coopercartwright.com / molly@coopercartwright.com We are here to help and your absolute Seattle Houseboats Experts.

Seattle Floating Home $699,000 Just Listed In Westlake!

Welcome to the 2420 Cooperative Seattle Floating Homes Dockseattle floating home for sale in Westlake

2420 Westlake Avenue North #8
Seattle, Washington 98109

The FLOAT

You should always start with the float on a Seattle floating home, but most people start with the house itself to make sure it checks all the Seattle houseboats boxes.  Each one of these is so very different, but it is important that once you identify the perfect Lake Union floating home that works for your living style, then you go right to the float. The true value in Seattle floating homes in across Lake Union and Lake Union’s eastern arm Portage Bay is the slip dimensions.  The slip sizes for any given slip were largely determined and set in stone across coop docks by looking at any existing structures that occupied the slips at the time that the dock was converted to a coop. These dimensions were then recorded and grandfathered in.  Many of them exceed the limit of brand new homes allowed on the lake so slips with footprints larger than 1200 square feet are especially valuable. seattle floating homes

Length: 37.4ft  Width:  30.8 ft

Water Depth:  45ft with no obstructions.

Stringers:  11 pressure treated stringers running east to west.  
Decks The front deck is constructed of treated 2×6 surface boards and 4×6 joints.

Log pack. Beneath the stringers are 9 old growth logs that run east to west. They provide both structure and flotation for the home. They are in a stable configuration, anchored securely with stringers pins.  

Flotation:  6-9ft Styrofoam logs. 41 55-gallon flotation barrels

HOME

  • Early 1900’s year built | 2 beds | 1 Bath | Approximately 700 sq ft
  • Hardwoods | wrap around deck | sunroom | boat moorage
  • $500 Home Owner Dues include:  dock water, sewer, garbage. Dock maintenance, DNR lease, pay off for 8 slip marina, and floating home moorage real estate taxes
  • Personal property tax (paid biannual or annually) is $1,200
  • 8 slip marina owned by 2420 Cooperative anticipated paid off by December 2018
  • Laundry and shower facility at the head of the dock is for the slip tenants.
  • Home Insurance $1900 annually through Lloyds of London underwriters.
    July 2018 Home and Dive Inspection performed.
  • New mini split (heating/cooling) and new attic insulation.
  • New steel moorage arms in 2018.

Seattle floating homesFrom Our Lovely Seattle Floating Home Sellers:

Things We Love About Living Here

We love to hop on our bikes and cruise along the newer Westlake bike trail to Fremont.
We would sometimes attach our pet bike carrier since our favorite bar in Fremont Norm’s on 36th Ave allows dogs inside!

We walk out our sliding glass door and hop on our Paddleboards and other water toys to unwind after a long working day.  However our favorite time is in the early morning hours when the city is still sleeping. SUP yoga anyone?

We love to watch the beautiful yachts cruise into the Westlake marinas and play a game of how this billionaire made their profits!  Plus we like the privacy of living next to a quiet marina instead of a house around every corner.

Nature is everywhere we look and our favorite is to see the Blue Heron hunt for its food right outside our door.

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We love to hear the sounds of seaplanes in the distance.  The next time we want to go to the San Juans, we can kayak to Kenmore Air to catch a ride.

The Floating Home Association (FHA) is an awesome community that is always bringing the floating home community together.  Sometimes it’s a dock party (Docktoberfest) or it’s an informative annual meeting (each April) to discuss how we can continue to preserve and improve our lifestyle.  

Above all, we love to tell people (when asked) that we live in a houseboat or floating home.  It never fails to bring a slew of questions about what it’s like and that they’ve always wanted to do the same thing.

Want to see this one?  Call/Text Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 or Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841  or email us at houseboats@cooperjacobs.com We are Seattle Floating Homes Experts and happy to help you with this special kind of Seattle home.  

Seattle Floating Homes: For The Love Of The Water

Courtney Cooper being interviewed by Vanessa Yurkevich of CNNSeattle Floating Homes – It Comes Down To The Love Of Water

The last two days have been spent well out of my comfort zone being interviewed and filmed by a crew from CNN. Anyone who knows me knows how very out of character that is for me.  Molly and I say no to every filming request that we get from shows like Househunters, Tiny Houses, etc. We greatly respect the privacy of the Seattle Houseboats community and want to protect this coveted lifestyle.  I was happy to step out of my personal norm and do this because I wanted to show off our floating homes community and our beautiful city on a grander scale. We are fresh off of the 2018 Seattle Floating Homes tour and I have an ever growing love for this historic neighborhood in which I call home.

When I got the call to talk about Seattle floating homes by an extremely respected network, I agreed.  We Seattle waterfront realtorsplanned a modest boat ride around the lake so that I could show off the various floating home communities that make up our overall houseboats neighborhood.  As luck would have it, my Duffy electric boat decided to be moody the day before they were set to visit, so I called upon one of my personal heroes Steve Brown whom I work with at Keller Williams North Seattle.  He didn’t hesitate to come to my rescue and his beautiful boat is so much better!!!  Steve dropped his entire day and toured the film crew around in style around the lake while I was interviewed on the bow of his boat like I was cruising the riviera.

As I was interviewed about the various aspects of our community and what it was like to live on a floating home, I was reminded of why I live on one.  It’s all about the water for me. I love the reflections of it on my ceiling and the sound of it as the waves come in and are dispersed gently over the logs that make up my float pack. I love the rain pouring on the roof and lake around me.  It was fun to see how excited the camera crew got about the littlest things around our homes.  The gardens on the docks and other creative artwork here and there added such vibrancy to the story they were trying to tell. Such an outstanding community of neighbors that care about each other and all share the common bond of loving the water.

Seattle floating homes in portage bayAs newer folks move in and others move off the dock, the character and mood changes at times, but overall the spirit stays the same. I was asked a lot about gentrification of the neighborhood and how that had affected the docks, but it all keeps going back to the common bond that we all share – old or young, rich or poor.  We all love the water.  It was such a pleasure to show off our incredible neighborhood!  I got to tour them through our listings, too!  Could not have done it without the support of Molly Cartwright and Steve Brown. Thank you!

If you are interested in seeing the floating homes that they toured or anything on the market, please let us know.  Molly and I are happy to show you some great spots.  I can’t guarantee that I can get Captain Steve back, but should have the Duffy up and rolling again soon!  Please feel free to call/text us at 206-850-8841  Currently there are 12 floating homes on the market which range in list price from $599,000 to $3,700,000.  There is literally something for everyone if you want to be one of the lucky roughly 517 who live in a floating home on the lake. You can see all homes on the market here: Seattle Floating Homes For Sale

End Of The Dock In Lake Union!

THIS is LIVING At The End Of The Dock!seattle houseboat for sale

Own the water with this condo moorage.  End of the dock on Lake Union in Seattle’s bustling Eastlake neighborhood, welcome aboard the Limbo, your executive floating townhome alternative! Seattle waterfront living to it’s very core, this substantial floating residence is equipped with pretty much all you want!

It even comes furnished should you want all of the bells and whistles – from the rooftop deck complete with rooftop deck and sitting bar, to the included dinghy equipped with fish finder, and the list of perks goes on all the way down to the stocked liquor cabinet.

This is a stunner among Seattle houseboats for sale.  Large master suite and two smaller staterooms.  Beautifully finished bathrooms, stacking washer/dryer, large cooks kitchen with eating bar and cozy living room with fireplace.

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Views in all directions and no one in front of you to block them.  Decks on all levels including enclosed (removable) deck to take in the outdoor living even on a chilly evening. All the toys you will need are also included!

Here are the remarks from the MLS listing which went live this AM:

This is more than meets the eye.This is a turn key, fully loaded,fun in the sun, houseboat ready to move in or rent out without a single thing to do. Fantastic lifestyle on this end of dock slip on a condo owned dock in Eastlake. Stunning views of the city’s skyline day or night while soaking in your roof top hot tub.Next day, take the bikes out for a cruise around South Lake Union’s Farmers Market. Newer built and fully custom 55’x15 houseboat, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 72 walkscore!

Just listed: $1,190,000  Full listing:  http://cooperjacobs.com/1293281

Call/Text Molly for your private showing or more info:  206-841-6800  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

 

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Seattle Floating Homes: At Least FIVE Reasons Why You Should Sell Yours Right Now

Why You Should Sell Your Seattle Floating Home Right Now

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Pending in Escrow with multiple offers!

When I have conversations with people interested in selling their Seattle homes I always get an interesting array of responses, but in the last week alone three property owners have told me that they want to wait until spring to sell their home.  Most years for us the winter is one of my busier times in Seattle real estate overall and sometimes even more busy on the lake! So the idea that someone would think the spring time could be better and want to wait to list their home doesn’t make sense to me.  My favorite response when talking to a homeowner about selling their home in the so called “off season” is something along the lines of not understanding why it would be smart to sell their home in “the dead of winter”.

Five reasons why you should sell your floating home now if you are thinking about selling in spring:

  1. You know how much your home is worth now. Molly and I have set record after record this year on various docks around Lake Union.  The Seattle Houseboats world is typically a strong market anyway (except ironically slows down in August).  The floating homes sales only slightly slowed down during the last real estate down turn, but there are no guarantees in this real estate game except that it is in fact a cyclical business. There are always ups and downs in the market and you won’t always see a shifting market before it happens. lake union floating homes
  2. There are fewer competing floating homes for sale. Fortunately for you, the holidays and the overshadowing belief that one should wait until spring will keep your competition at bay.  In addition, Molly and I have sold most of the inventory so you really only have a couple floating homes that the buyer pool is looking at. Fewer competing homes on the market means more competing buyers and in this case – serious buyers  – which brings me to #3.
  3. Real Floating home buyers: The ones who are out there on the lake in the freezing cold and “dead of winter” are the ones that are definitely serious.  This is not the warm season of “looky loos” and even the classic “nosy neighbors” tend to not want to venture out into the cold of the Pacific Northwest to check out the digs next door.  This is never more truer than with floating homes.  No one wants to risk their life walking down the slippery dock with the wind whipping up from below.
  4. Statistics from the National Association Of Realtors measured by keyboxes are showing that the number of those serious buyers is high right now.  While this has not historically mattered as much to the typical floating home buyer, interest in our unique properties has increased as people look to us as an alternative housing solution which is ironically more affordable these days.
  5. The political climate is volatile with regards to many facets of life and that affects real estate. Uncertainty can cause the real estate market to slow down and giant looming tax changes could also make buyers reconsider future purchases.  Seattle floating homes tend to be more of an emotional buy than land homes are and emotions usually run high over politics.

Are you interested in learning more about what your Seattle floating home might be worth today?

Molly and I are happy to provide you with a CMA to show you how much your home is worth now.  We can get you pointers on small or large things to do to get your home ready for the market and we can also tell you what it is worth as is.  We can tell you roughly what your buyer pool looks like today as well so that you can decide if you want to go ahead and take the “polar plunge” into selling your Lake Union floating home this winter.  Call/Text us – 206-841-6800 or email seattleafloat@cooperjacobs.com

Just Listed in Eastlake!

Seattle Houseboats : Eastlake Just Listed!seattle housbeoats for sale

On the southern most Seattle floating homes dock in Eastlake, you will find this beauty! It is officially a two bedroom, but we are calling it a one PLUS bedroom because it offers flexibility in living on Lake Union – two bedrooms, one bedroom with office/playroom/den, or combine the two for a large master suite. Your choice, but lots of options on pretty much one of the best run coop dock on the lake, The Log Foundation.

  • 1 + Bedroom
  • 1 Bath
  • Dues are only $345/month
  • Owned co-op moorage for your home

I love the story of this particular home.  It was hauled in and completely refurbished and is just gorgeous and charming on the inside.  It has always been one of my favorites and offers easy living with close location to Amazon and other South Lake Union places, plus Downtown.  Eastlake is a great neighborhood and the water lifestyle is like no other. Rarely can you step into the Seattle houseboats lifestyle at this price.

A turn key opportunity to start living on the lake in our beautiful city! This sweet floating home in Eastlake exemplifies tiny living to the maximum. Toasty radiant bamboo flooring leads you to a large living room with french doors out to your wrap around deck. Two bedrooms now or make into one custom larger suite. Newly remodeled bathroom to soak in the tub after a session on the lake with your SUP or perhaps a jog around Lake Union. A lifestyle you won’t want to pass up!  $725,000

Call/Text Molly 206-841-6800 for your tour or more info on living a life Afloat In Seattle. 

Dox Cooperative Floating Homes

Dox Cooperative

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During A Seattle Floating Homes Inspection on a Dox Cooperative dock

Dox Cooperative is a Seattle floating homes Lake Union community in Eastlake close to South Lake Union and Downtown Seattle.  It is ideal for living in city and having proximity to all that this offers while still enjoying the peaceful serenity of living Afloat in Lake Union.  There are 31 floating homes on in the Dox Coop and they are on two side by side Fairview Ave E docks right by Pete’s at the base of Lynn Street.

The Docks that make up the Dox Cooperative:

2219 Fairview Ave E  – This dock (15 floating homes on this one – including the spectacular end of dock Seattle floating home that Molly and I sold in 2010) is the southern most dock in the Dox Cooperative Moorage Association.

2235 Fairview Ave E  This dock (16 floating homes on this one)  is the northern most dock in the Seattle floating homes community of Dox.

Molly and I are happy to show you homes on the Dox Cooperative docks and also excited to share why this is such a great Seattle floating homes community to live in.  There are so many perks to enjoying the lifestyle of living on water while still being close in to the city – no need to have a car for one. This is also an ideal location for people wanting to relocate to Seattle to work for companies like Amazon.  Eastlake has a lot to offer in ways of night life and restaurants, too, but if you want to keep to yourself, then simply take advantage of restaurant delivery services such as the one offered by Amazon for instance.

Seattle Floating Homes Experts – We are Seattle waterfront Realtors – Helping you buy and sell your water lifestyle.  Molly Cartwright 206.841.6800 | Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Eastlake Floating Home For Sale – In City Peaceful Setting

seattle floating homesEastlake Floating Home For Sale – In City Peaceful Setting

2339 Fairview Ave E

Southwest exposure for this SECOND FROM THE END Eastlake floating homes w/ marvelous open floor plan. Swanky clad exterior siding, IPE decking, sliding walls of glass open up to the outside and gorgeous views all around including city and Space Needle. This is the sought after Three bedroom floating home you have been looking for. Two baths, heated floors, vaulted ceilings, custom staircase, roof top deck, & gorgeous upper master suite. Close to Amazon, Downtown, & more. Boat Moorage, too!

$1,995,000

Courtney Cooper | Molly Cartwright

Call/Text 206-841-6800

Seattle Houseboats Experts – We are happy to show you this incredible property.  Please let us know if you are interested in Seattle floating homes and how we can help you buy or sell one of the best lifestyles in Seattle. We love our job and look forward to helping you! Here are some more pictures of this one – You can see why it is so special…  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Westlake Floating Home For Sale – Close to Downtown and South Lake Union

Gorgeous Westlake:  Your Haven From Work – and Traffic

Live the Seattle houseboats lifestyle and play in the water! Easy commute – Close enough to Downtown and South Lake Union to bike or walk or use public transit, this Westlake floating home is a perfect place to live if you work at Amazon! Waterfront living at it’s very best and quintessential Seattle living on Lake Union!

 2420 Westlake Ave N #13

This is THE Westlake floating home listing you have been waiting for. It’s a large two bed/two bath home with expansive views. Deep water moorage and can tie up about a 32′ boat.  You own the slip and your views are outstanding! Let us know if you’d like to see it.  Westlake floating homes are few and far between as anyone who has been on the hunt for one knows.  They are highly coveted on Lake Union.  This one has open spaces and lives large. $1,700,000

Listing Remarks of this floating home…Westlake floating homes for sale on Lake Union

“Front and center on Lake Union! This stand out home is the epitome of Pacific NW comfort and design. Warm interior wood, open floor plan, custom built ins everywhere, large kitchen island for those social gatherings. Hints of style everywhere you look. Fabulous walk in pantry, and durable paperstone countertops. Storage galore inside and out. Two large custom decks with massive unobstructed views of Gas Works Park, 4th of July fireworks & more! Tie up your boat along side and have some fun!”

Floating home features

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, French Doors, Skylights

Call/Text Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 or Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 for your own private showing or email us: houseboats@CooperJacobs.com.  We are happy to help you buy or sell your Seattle floating home. 

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Seattle Houseboats For Sale: Floating Homes Update

Seattle Houseboats – Seattle Floating Homes With Owned Moorage Only Update

Seattle floating homes in EastlakeCurrent Seattle floating homes for sale with owned moorage range in price from $1,800,000 for two floating homes listed – one in Westlake and one in Portage Bay to $2,685,000 just listed in Eastlake.  The average days on market for these five Seattle floating homes is 14 days with a range of cumulative days on market of 1 day for Roanoke Reef to just 21 days.

Price range of these Seattle houseboats:  $1,800,000 – $2,685,000

Average Days on Market for the 5: 14 days

Lake Union Floating homes neighborhoods available:  Eastlake, Westlake, Portage Bayseattle houseboats

Average Dollar Per Sq Foot:  $1454.04  with a range of $1200/sq ft for our gorgeous Westlake floating home listing to $1757.81 for a floating home in Portage Bay.

Why owned moorage?

Owning your moorage for your houseboat has always been a key component of value and security.  Seattle floating homes with owned moorage are more valuable and also a more secure form of ownership so the above numbers are all in reference to floating homes with secure slips – whether on a condo or a co-op organized dock.

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Our favorite Seattle floating homes:

Molly and I are partial because three of the five of the above Seattle floating homes for sale are represented by us, but they are in fact fabulous so I will talk about them as our favorites anyway. In addition, we have two really great slips in Portage Bay for sale for $950,000 ready for you to build your dream home – dream new construction floating home that is! We have a cool one for sale in each Lake Union neighborhood!

Westlake:  2420 Westlake Ave N #13  – deep water moorage for a 32 foot boat here! This is a 2 bedroom 1.75 bath 1500 square foot floating home with big views and excellent Seattle waterfront living. $1,800,000

Eastlake:  2339 Fairview Ave E #O  – tie your boat up here, too!  Coveted and hard to find three bedroom floating home on well managed Tenas Chuck dock.  Three bedroom, 1.5 baths 1350 square feet, Beautiful views including sought after Space Needle, and more – second from the end of the dock! $2,250,000seattle afloat

Portage Bay:  3146 Portage Bay Pl E #J – New construction and condo ownership with parking! Three bedroom floating home with 2.5 baths. Come experience the peaceful serenity of life on Lake Union’s eastern most boundary, Portage Bay which was featured as the geographic location of choice on the recent 2016 Seattle Floating Homes Association Tour.  $1,998,000

Please let us know if you have questions or are curious about how much your Seattle floating home is worth.  We are happy to help you buy or sell your home.

Call/Text Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper for more info 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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Seattle Floating Homes: 2420 Westlake Ave N #13 Just Listed

Life Afloat In Seattle in the Gorgeous Enclave of Westlake

Westlake floating homes for sale on Lake Union

This is the life!  Welcome home to 2420 Westlake Ave N #13!

Looking at Seattle houseboats on Lake Union? Here is our new Westlake floating home listing. It’s a large two bed/two bath home with expansive views. Deep water and can tie up about a 32′ boat.

Let me know if you’d like to see it. Molly Cartwright will be there this weekend for open houses both Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm and I will be in Eastlake.  Westlake floating homes are few and far between as anyone who has been on the hunt for one knows.  There aren’t as many Seattle floating homes in Westlake and they are highly coveted on Lake Union.

Seattle houseboats for saleMarketing Remarks from the listing of this floating home…

Front and center on Lake Union! This stand out home is the epitome of Pacific NW comfort and design. Warm interior wood, open floor plan, custom built ins everywhere, large kitchen island for those social gatherings. Hints of style everywhere you look. Fabulous walk in pantry, and durable paperstone countertops. Storage galore inside and out. Two large custom decks with massive unobstructed views of Gas Works Park, 4th of July fireworks & more! Tie up your boat along side and have some fun!

Features of this home

Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, French Doors, Skylights

Additional Informationseattle houseboats

  • Property Description Deck, Dock, Moorage
  • Taxes $2,707
  • Waterfront Lake, No Bank
  • View Lake, Territorial
  • Lot Size 0.00 Acre (1 SqFt)
  • Exterior Wood
  • Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling Forced Air
  • Roof Cedar Shake Roof, Composition Roof, Flat Roof
  • Flooring Hardwood Floor

Call/Text Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 or Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 for your own private showing or email us: houseboats@CooperJacobs.com.  We are happy to help you buy or sell your Seattle floating home. 

Seattle Floating Homes Just Listed: 2339 Fairview Ave E #O

Afloat In Seattle In This Harmonious Eastlake Charmer

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Welcome home to 2339 Fairview Ave E #O on the  Historical and Sought after Tenas Chuck Dock in Eastlake

seattle floating homesLooking at Seattle houseboats on Lake Union? Here is our new Eastlake floating home listing on Tenas Chuck with views of the Space Needle and all around Lake Union. It’s a beautiful and spacious three bedroom and two bath floating home with great decks and a wonderful space that you can tie up your boat!

We will have it open this weekend and you have to see it to believe it!

Marketing Remarks

Dreaming of living on the water just got real. True attention is in the harmonious details and contrast of natural southwest exposure filling a marvelous open floor plan. Three bdrms, two baths w/ heated floors accompanies the vaulted ceilings. Exquisite custom staircase to the roof top deck and en suite. Swanky clad exterior siding showcases a NW Contemporary twist coupled with custom hot dip galvanized steel cables & IPE decking. Water, sun, moorage, views – let the vacation continue!

Featuresseattle houseboats

Bath Off Master, Double Pane Storm Windows, French Doors, Vaulted Ceilings

Additional Information

  • Property Description Cable TV, Deck, Dock, Moorage
  • Taxes $2,372
  • Waterfront Lake, No Bank
  • View Lake, City, Mountain, Territorial
  • Lot  Size0.00 Acre (1 SqFt)
  • Exterior Wood, Wood Products
  • Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling Baseboard, Forced Air,
  • Roof Flat Roof, Metal Roof
  • Flooring Ceramic Tile Floor, Fir / Softwood Floor

Call/Text Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 or Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 for your own private showing or email us: houseboats@CooperJacobs.com.  We are happy to help you buy or sell your Seattle floating home. 

Just Listed: 3146 Portage Bay Place E #J Seattle, WA 98102

Portage Bay Placeportage bay floating homes

Welcome home to  the condominium owned dock at Portage Bay Place –  3146 Portage Bay Pl E #J is a beautiful new construction Seattle floating home on a condo owned dock.  Seattle Houseboats Living on Lake Union’s Portage Bay. Portage Bay is Lake Union’s east arm and connects Lake Union to Lake Washington’s Union Bay. It’s an interesting location because it offers both a peaceful setting and also a  great spot to watch the boat parade on their way back and forth between the two lakes.  Seaplanes take off here, too!

Check the things off your list:

  1. 3 bedroomsportage bay floating homes
  2. 2.5 baths
  3. almost 1600 square feet
  4. roof top deck
  5. parking
  6. condo dock

Be the first to own a new construction floating home on a great condo owned dock. This beautiful custom designed home by Prentiss+Balance+Wickline marvels in walnut hardwood floors throughout the 1580 square feet of luxury.

Four decks to entertain or soak up the sun. The reverse floor plan maximizes views and light in a 360 fashion. A chef’s kitchen makes it fun to entertain and cook. Timeless Ceasarstone counter tops & custom cabinetry. Spectacular roof top deck for more outdoor space.

$1,998,000

Call/Text Molly 206-841-6800

houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Seattle houseboats for sale

Equity Alert: Eastlake Floating Home For Sale

Seattle floating homes for saleSeattle Houseboats Living For Under $500k! (Equity Potential Alert)

It is difficult to get your feet wet in the Seattle floating homes market for under $500,000.  This is an opportunity to take a solid fixer floating home and make it shine.  Seattle floating homes typically trade for around $900 a square foot with a variance of course for features such as a roof top deck, moorage, dock position, parking, pet policy, etc., but a good rule of thumb is $900/ sq ft which puts this one close to $550,000 minimum and likely closer to $625k fixed up because it does have great dock position. Seattle houseboats for sale

“We are constantly asked if there is a ‘Good Deal’ in the Seattle Floating Homes market…”  – Courtney & Molly

The only “Good Deal” is one you work for and you have to put the work in.  We can find them for you.  Imagine what you could do with this great room concept! And imagine the Fourth Of July parties you could host in the heart of Lake Union!  Buyers love the rustic look of the wood ceilings and it is easy to turn this historic classic into a modern oasis in the city because of the easy interior spaces already in place. Add a slick modern color palette and the combination of historical meets modern is something that no one can resist.

Seattle houseboats remodelingAt 611 square feet and an open concept, the price and size combined with lifestyle beats the heck out of living in a Belltown or South Lake Union condo and you are waterfront.  This is the most affordable in city living and the most affordable Seattle waterfront living. Come home form work and let your troubles fly away as you walk down the dock.  You can have all your water toys right there hanging on your house and you can kayak off your beautiful “back door” in the channel between houseboat rows. Forget trying to drag your canoe down to Lake Union Park and launching it.  Have it at your feet anytime.

This particular floating home is on a coop dock.  This is similar to a condo in that your slip ownership is more secure.  You are not leasing the slip. You are buying a piece of history and have the opportunity to put your stamp on a blank canvas. We are excited to help your Seattle Waterfront Living lifestyle dreams come true!

Call/Text Molly Cartwright at 206-841-6800 or Courtney Cooper at 206-850-8841 for more info or for your own private showing.  You can also email us at houseboats@cooperjacobs.com.  We are Seattle floating homes specialists and experts on the lake. We would love to talk to you about Seattle Waterfront Living and Life Afloat in Seattle!  It’s a special lifestyle and there are lots of interesting differences between living on water and living on land.

westlake floating homes

Presenting A Once In A Lifetime Westlake Floating Home

Seattle Houseboats Community News:Westlake Seattle Houseboats

Rare Westlake Floating Home Just Listed

 

Westlake is an extremely special Seattle floating homes community in Lake Union.  Every corner of this Westlake floating home is thoughtful and well designed.  Westlake floating homes rarely become available for sale and this one is a jewel in Lake Union.  Located right on the Cheshiahud Loop with a quick commute to Downtown Seattle or South Lake Union, this is an ideal place to call home and truly live the most amazing Seattle waterfront lifestyle available.

Marketing Remarks From the MLS listing for this Seattle Floating Home:

2420 Westlake Ave N #12  Near the end of this private dock sits an amazing floating home built to perfection. The aged steel and cedar siding accentuates its rugged exterior; while inside the heated radiant concrete floors give way to warm teak casework and dancing walls of natural light. Enjoy cooking in your top of the line kitchen including gas cooktop and sleek eat-in kitchen island. For those entertainers, head on up to the massive rooftop deck and gas fire pit to admire the forever changing views of Lake Union. $2,250,000  call/text 206-841-6800 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Additional Features Of This Seattle Floating Home

Bath Off Master, Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, Walk-in Closet

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1.75 Baths
  • Rooftop Deck

 

2821 Fairview Ave E

Just Listed In Wards Cove: Seattle Floating Homes Market Update

2821 Fairview Ave ESeattle Floating Homes For Sale:

 

Just Listed in Wards Cove:

 2821 Fairview Ave E #7

  • 2 bedroom
  • 2000 sq ft
  • fireplace
  • rooftop
  • moorage for your boat
  • condo dock
  • secured parking

seattleafloatlogoHighly sought after Wards Cove is an exclusive gated luxury floating home community in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.

No need to settle or downsize to take advantage of this quintessential Seattle waterfront lifestyle because this home has it all. Miele appliances, Quartz counter tops, Italian Sandstone floors, Italian cabinetry, more. Aside from the thoughtful details and sleek upscale finish work, enjoy the roof top deck, secured parking, and moorage for your companion boat.  $3,200,000

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800  Molly@CooperJacobs.com / Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841  Courtney@CooperJacobs.com

 

seattle houseboats for sale in eastlake

Seattle Houseboats for Sale: 2331 Fairview Ave E, Slip X Floating Home Just Listed

Seattle Houseboats for Sale: 2331 Fairview Ave E, Slip X

Seattle Floating Home Just Listed and available for the first time in 20 years!

seattle houseboats for sale in eastlakeLooking at Lake Union and Seattle houseboats? Living on Lake Union is one of the most amazing Seattle lifestyles!

It is interesting because usually when Molly and I hear about a Seattle floating home that hasn’t been on the market for two decades, we wince a little and wonder what kind of project we may be walking into.  Seattle houseboats can be quite dilapidated at times and there are many older ones which have much deferred maintenance. That is absolutely not the case with this Seattle floating home located at 2331 Fairview Ave E in Slip X.  It is simply stunning and makes me want to sit down and have a glass of wine and chat with the neighbors on a warm sunny day with the water lapping at my toes. Seattle houseboats

The pictures tell a beautiful story of a love affair with a home which is quite obvious at first glance, but look further at the details which have gone into this home over the years and it is difficult to not be impressed.  From the exterior being painted in the last five years to the stringers being replaced as needed, inside and out there are upgrades and detailed maintenance tasks like none we have seen before.  From the gas lines and new electrical and windows to the raised ceiling, vaulted ceilings, and sunny skylights, this home is comfortable for modern living.  The kitchen is upscale with both an eating bar and a dining room with French doors out to the deck.  There are the seldom found in a floating home luxuries of  gas cooking, a gas fireplace, and on-demand hot water, plus additional practical bigger ticket items like a new roof in 2010. Two bedrooms, a bath, and lots of character await you here with an asking price of only $650,000.

Seattle houseboats for saleHere are the MLS listing remarks for our brand new Seattle floating homes listing on Lake Union:

Picture yourself living a fabulous Lake Union waterfront lifestyle in this beautiful  Seattle floating home. Well maintained and remodeled, this south facing home has a sunny disposition and is the perfect place to let the summer in. Gorgeous kitchen with upscale appliances has eating bar and dining room with warm wood floors and French doors that open up to your own private deck retreat. Listen to the seaplanes while you sip coffee or take your kayak or SUP out for a jaunt on the lake without the heavy lifting.Seattle houseboats kitchens

It’s a great place and you won’t be disappointed.  Please let us know if you are interested in Seattle houseboats for sale.  We are happy to help!

(call/text Molly Cartwright at 206-841-6800 or email us at houseboats@cooperjacobs.com)

 

seattle houseboats interiors

Eastlake Floating Home Offers Perfect Place To Enjoy Seattle Waterfront Living

Seattle Floating Home For Sale – The Cutest Eastlake Houseboat Fr Sale On Lake Union Is Available!seattle houseboats interiors

2207 Fairview Ave E:  The iconic Lake Union lifestyle you have only dreamed about!

Located in Eastlake’s enclave of Seattle floating homes, this mid-dock light and bright Lake Union beauty is completely remodeled with an open floor plan featuring 2 bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, bamboo floors & new kitchen! Enjoy cozy extras like heated bathroom floor, new electrical, plumbing, windows & insulation.

Enhanced further only by the timeless willow tree that also resides here in harmony, this floating home has a great relationship with Lake Union and is the perfect place to write your novel or relax and get some much needed water therapy. $735,000

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bath (with heated floors!)
  • 832 square feet
  • All New Remodeled
  • Boat Moorage with dock permission
  • Owned slip

Live The Lake Union Dream In Eastlake

Lake UNionThis charming Eastlake floating home has upscale character and open living with beautiful vaulted ceilings and lots of room for storage.  The surfaces are desirable and you will be delighted at every turn.  IN addition,, it has one of the largest back decks that we have seen in a while.  It’s a perfect place to launch your SUP or kayak! Imagine not having to lug it down to the lake every time you want to use it!  Imagine friends on Fourth Of July! This is the dream.  Taxes on the home are only $1042 a year and dues are $371 a month. Enjoy living close to Downtown Seattle, Amazon, and more, but still in the peaceful serenity of nature on Lake Union.

If you want to learn more about living on Seattle houseboats and why you should buy one now, then please check out our list about the 29 reasons you want to live on a Seattle Houseboat now.   Number 4 is a big one:  “Alternative In City Living/Location:  Want to be close to it all, but not live in a condo or a townhome or a stand alone house?  A Seattle floating home offers the best of all worlds and also is highly oriented to the water so it is a perfect alternative lifestyle in Seattle – and desirable as well.

Want to Learn More About This beautiful home and Seattle Floating Homes?

Please let us know if you would like to see this beauty or other Seattle Houseboats (although we think this one is AWESOME).  We know Seattle floating homes and it has a ton of attention on it currently. 2207 Fairview Ave E won’t last long!  Call/Text/Email Seattle Waterfront Homes Specialists and Seattle Houseboats Experts:

Molly Cartwright:  206-841-6800 Molly@CooperJacobs.com 

Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 Courtney@CooperJacobs.com

We are happy to tell you about Seattle floating homes and the Lake Union lifestyle.  We are excited to show you this Seattle Waterfront Living experience!

Seattle Afloat ®

 

Just Listed! Seattle Floating Home in Eastlake

Spectacular Seattle floating home for sale!seattle floating home deck

Looking at Seattle floating homes?  You can’t get better than this 2007 Eastlake floating home nestled on the south side of the dock. Sweeping 365 degree views from the rooftop, large French doors open up to wide channel with room for a boat. Gorgeous setting and beautiful interiors with perks like a master walk in closet, marble tile, and built in central vacuum. Upscale custom cabinetry and Craftsman fixtures, gas fireplace, new washer/dryer, sub zero fridge, and additional flotation added to this well built floating home.

Some of the highlights….

  • 360 degree views from rooftop
  • Moorage for your boat with Dock permission
  • Pet friendly dock
  • Dues: $420/mo cover general dock fund for maintenance, real estate taxes for co-op, and any matters of vote
  • Offered for: $945,000seattle floating homes

Please call Courtney or Molly for more info or to set up a private tour of this exclusive floating residence:

Molly Cartwright 206.841.6800
molly@cooperjacobs.com

Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841
courtney@cooperjacobs.com

This Seattle floating home listed by Realtors at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale: Just Listed

Just Listed In Eastlake:  One Of The More Desireable Seattle Floating Homes

Molly Cartwright and I just listed an incredible Seattle Floating Home on the Flo Villa dock! If you have been looking at Seattle houseboats, then you should know that this one has been completely remodeled! $775,000

Seattle floating homes2207 Fairview Ave E #11

It’s your time! Live the iconic lifestyle you have only dreamed about!  Located in Eastlake’s enclave of floating homes on Lake Union, this mid-dock beauty is completely remodeled with an open one bedroom plus flex space  floor plan. Boasting vaulted ceilings and hardwoods, this home is incredibly light and bright and has a new kitchen!  Enjoy cozy extras like the heated bathroom floor plus it has new electrical, plumbing, windows & insulation throughout. With an actual growing willow tree and a fabulous relationship to the water, this is home is a great place to live Life Afloat In Seattle.

During the last six month remodel:

  • new barrels / flotation
  • Windows
  • 6″ deep insulation in the new windows and walls
  • 10″ deep insulation in ceilings
  • Stripped down to logs and stringers to replace old joists with 4″ rigid foam on new joists
  • New subflooring and bamboo click in floors
  • Bathroom floor electrical heated floors

Additional Information on this Seattle Floating Home For Sale:

  • Full size water heater
  • New electric and plumbing
  • Quartz counter tops and contemporary cabinets
  • Under mounted sink
  • Metal roof – low maintenance
  • Wrap around deck
  • 10.5 high vaulted ceilings
  • Italian stone tile in bathroom
  • Stone sink in bathroom

Want to see it?

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800
Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your Seattle waterfront homes or Seattle floating homes questions.  If you prefer, you can also email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com.

Seattle Floating Homes Market Update

Seattle Floating Homes On Lake Union Wards Cove Rooftop

A lot can change in a week.  One moved through the Ballard Locks into its new permanent home, One back to Active status in the MLS, one went pending in the MLS and a BIG one just hit the market!

Let’s start with Seattle Houseboats for sale

These homes range in price from $750,000 to $3,295,000 for an ultra luxury floating home at Wards Cove. (Remember also that these are the Seattle houseboats that are in the Seattle floating homes category only and do not include other Seattle floating on-water residences.)

Pending Seattle Floating Homes:

These include houseboats that are pending in the MLS under Pending, Pending Inspection, and Pending Seattle floating homes for saleFeasibility. There are FOUR Seattle floating homes that are currently marked as pending and waiting to close in escrow. These include homes on the Mallard Cove dock, Log Foundation, and The Lake Union and range in price from $499,500 for the pending feasibility listing to $1,395,000 for the beauty at Mallard Cove.

Seattle Floating Homes that have sold in the last 60 days through the MLS –

There have been three Seattle houseboats in this category which have closed in escrow in the last sixty days.

  • 2420 Westlake Ave N #7 Molly and I listed this one – pretty great place in Westlake.
  • 2017 Fairview Ave E #K  This is on the Log Foundation Dock
  • 2821 Fairview Ave E #9  The first public resale of the famed Wards Cove at 2821 Fairview Ave E.

Houseboat through the locksYou can see full details of these floating homes on the listing sheets here: Seattle houseboats sold 10022015  If you are interested in looking at the various dollar per square foot and market time, then here is an overall market sheet to look at the differences in these numbers: Seattle Floating Homes Market 10022015 Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about Seattle floating homes.  We are Seattle houseboats Realtors and love what we do!

OH!  I almost forgot the fun part!  For years Molly and I have been asked about the burned up houseboat in Eastlake and whether or not the owner will sell it.   The answer was always no because we knew they were having their dream floating home built in Canada to replace the burned up one in the exact footprint. It happened this last week! Seattle’s newest floating home was floated right through The Ballard Locks and put in place on one of the more perfect days in Seattle. The Locks posted a picture on Facebook.

 

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 
Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your questions or email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com
Seattle houseboats with views of Lake Union

Seattle Floating Homes Market Heading Into 4th Quarter 2015

Seattle Houseboats in 2015 have been busy!

Seattle houseboats with views of Lake Union

As of today, 19 Seattle Houseboats (Lake Union floating homes and housebarges only)have closed in escrow through the MLS.  There have been many more off market closings on top of that number, but to give you an idea of the increased action on Lake Union, consider this:  Last year in all of 2014 in the NWMLS 19 Seattle Floating homes and house barges closed. The entire year.  You can see the detail here: Seattle Houseboats sales 2014 When looking at the MLS at this time last year, there were 11 Seattle floating homes and house barges that had closed. Add to that the fact that there are five Seattle floating homes pending in escrow in the MLS right now and 2015 promises to be a record setting year!

So here is what it looks like on the Seattle houseboats market right now:

There are 2 Seattle floating homes for sale that are marked Active in the MLS – priced between $750,000 and $1,495,000 – both of these Seattle houseboats for sale are Eastlake homes as opposed to Westlake or Portage Bay (BTW – there are also Seattle houseboats for rent currently, too, if you want to just try it out). As mentioned above, there are 5 Seattle floating homes that are pending – ranging in price from $179,000 to $1,150,000. Looking at the last 60 days of closed sales for floating homes, there are three:

seattle houseboats experts2420 Westlake Ave N #7 sold for $875,000 on 8/18/2015

2017 Fairview Ave E #K sold for $959,000 on 9/9/2015

2821 Fairview Ave E #9 sold for $3,000,000 on 8/26/2015

You can see additional details on the above info here: Seattle houseboats market.

A quick note on that last sale above. 2821 Fairview Ave E is Wards Cove and this was our first resale from the Seattle floating homes new construction development in Eastlake. Obviously it was well received on the Seattle real estate market because it sold for 103.63% of its list price!  You can see the full listing sheets for these sold Seattle houseboats here: Seattle houseboats SOLD and then details for all of 2015 Sold Seattle floating homes and housebarges here: 2015 Seattle houseboats sales

We look forward to seeing how the year ends in floating homes and housebarge sales in Seattle – please let us know if you need any information at all or are curious about the value of your floating home.  call/text/email 206-841-6800 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

SeattleAfloat® Enjoy Life Afloat On Lake Union – Your Authority On Seattle Houseboat Living 

colorful Seattle houseboats

A Little “Dirt” On Seattle Houseboats History You May Not Know

Seattle houseboats

Colorful Seattle Houseboats History on The Log Foundation docks of Eastlake in 2014. Image courtesy of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate.

Seattle Houseboats History Has A “Colorful” Background & Entrepreneurial Spirit Transcends Time…

To look at all the colorful and cheery Lake Union floating homes today is to never know how truly Seattle houseboats history is. Seattle floating homes are a living and evolving part of Seattle’s history.  From their humble beginnings over a hundred years ago as floating shanties compiled of pillaged lumber, it is amazing to see that some sell for over $3 Million dollars in today’s real estate market.

Seattle houseboats were originally built in two different ways.  Either the worker would utilize his commuting work boat and build living quarters above it, or they would gather “loose” logs and raft them together to build a completely free floating structure.  It was an inexpensive way of living and was tax free on top of it.

Madison Park Seattle houseboats

Map of Seattle houseboats along shores of Madison Park. Image Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives Item #944

At the peak, the Seattle floating homes community was as large as two thousand houseboats lining the shores of the city in various locations which even included Madison Park in Lake Washington.  The residents of the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods reportedly snubbed them and looked down at this way of life.  They apparently felt that it was beneath their standards and so began the struggle of Seattle houseboats to Stay Afloat In Seattle™.  Today there are around 500 Seattle floating homes and probably another two or three hundred liveaboards that are officially newly categorized as Seattle Floating On-Water Residences (final count once all have registered themselves in the latest legislation). The latest Seattle floating home dock was a new construction floating home development called Ward’s Cove.  Very specific requirements need to be in place in order to develop new construction Seattle floating homes, so it is next to impossible to do so.

If The City Historically Wanted Them Gone, Why Did They Allow Docks To Begin With?

Denny Hill View

Here is a view towards Downtown from the South slope of Denny Hill in 1886 (photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives Item # 2869)

The short answer is The University of Washington. Wait.  What? The long answer is that Seattle has a very long history of making some incredibly hairbrained decisions as far as infrastructure goes. A perfect example (and my apologies for going off subject here for a minute, but….) The Denny Regrade: The hill is too big?  Scrape it into the Puget Sound. In 1900, the city decided to basically eliminate a whole hill which covered 62 city blocks.  Denny Hill was a significantly beautiful hill in Seattle.  It had a gorgeous crowned jewel of a hotel atop it that was so grand that even President Theodore Roosevelt stayed there! It had an old cemetery and a beautiful park on it with expansivel views in all directions.  In all, they removed a reported six million cubic yards of earth.

Connecting the dots:  What does this all have to do with Seattle houseboats and The University of Washington? Let’s go backwards.  The modern day campus of The University of Washington was largely laid out and shaped by The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909.   In 1907 the city of Seattle platted and sold the submerged “parcels” in Lake Union to the adjacent waterfront property land owners.  This enabled docks to be built and Seattle houseboats to be moored to them.  According to The Lake Union Mail on an article about Submerged Parcels Park on the Cheshiahud Loop, “The “Lake Union Shore Lands” were created in 1907 as a funding mechanism for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (S.B. #101). Water extending from shore approximately one block (roughly 400 feet) was platted as buildable land, then sold. These parcels didn’t sink, they started sunk. And they were considered valuable.” Now you know how a World’s Fair, Denny Hill, The University of Washington, and Seattle Houseboats are related.

Seattle houseboats booze hatch

While replacing the carpet for one of our Seattle historic houseboat listings in 2010, we found an old booze hatch left over from Prohibition days. Image Courtesy of Courtney Cooper.

More Shady Past on The Lake: Life Afloat In Seattle℠: You Want To Stay Dry, Except When It Comes To Your Drink…..

Creativity has always been a strong characteristic of the Seattle floating homes community.  This was never so true as during the prohibition era. According to the 1996 article by Sharon Boswell in The Seattle Times, “But for those who couldn’t afford the pleasures of Doc’s or one of the hundreds of other boozy night spots and music clubs along Jackson Street, in Belltown or even on Lake Union houseboats, there was always a bottle of locally produced bootleg available to consume in the privacy of home.”  If floating homes seem like an unlikely place to get your alcohol fix then consider that In his highly acclaimed book, “Seattle’s Unsinkable Houseboats”, Howard Droker tells the story of a very enterprising entrepreneur who along with the cedar bark he sold off his boat, also sold smuggled Canadian liquor.

It’s absolutely true.  If you take a peek under carpets of older floating homes you will see the leftover evidence of the Prohibition era and how crafty houseboaters were able to not stay dry.  Many of them have hidden trap doors under the floor that were used for storing alcohol.  At one point in time there were regular “rum run” routes such as the one Droker writes about which would make their rounds delivering to Lake Union floating homes. These booze hatches were ingenious and stored between the floating logs with a wire cage so that the waters of the lake itself could keep the liquor cold and well hidden.  According to HistoryLink.org, The Seattle Times noted at one point that in regard to those wild times, “Some of the stories behind the houseboat population are as colorful as anything that ever came out of Seattle’s history, but respect for another’s privacy and past is an unspoken code on the lake.”

Seattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake

This historic Seattle houseboat was once used as a floating dance hall. It is for sale today for $697,000. Listed by Cooper Jacobs Real Estate. Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800

Seattle Houseboats Are Still Afloat & Strong Today

Go experience their magic – Take a kayak tour through Lake Union and Portage Bay where you will find what is left of the Seattle floating homes community.  Take a walk around Lake Union on the Cheshiahud Loop. Lake Union is the very heart of the city. Try and imagine the colorful past as you look at the beauty and creativeness which is so abundant today.  This is a living and breathing Seattle neighborhood, but also a significant part of Northwest history.  It is as vibrant as the wonderful people who live in it.  I am so thankful to have known so many of them and appreciate how they have enriched my life so far.  Please also take a minute and donate to the Seattle Floating Homes Association if you can.

Want more information on Seattle houseboats?

seattle houseboats expertsWe are happy to help!  Please call Courtney or Molly.  We are Seattle Houseboats Experts ℠, and have been Seattle Realtors specializing in floating homes and waterfront for many years. We look forward to helping you find your piece of Lake Union.

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800   Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your questions or email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com
Seattle Afloat ® We want to help you live your life Afloat In Seattle Cooper Jacobs Real Estate
Seattle houseboats office view out to Lake Union

August 2015 Seattle Floating Homes Realtors Market Update

Seattle Afloat®The Seattle Houseboats Market Is Floating Despite Reports On Low Lake Union Levels…Seattle floating home for sale in Eastlake


Here we are in the final days of August 2015 already and the Seattle houseboats market has been incredibly surprising and action packed so far this year!  Multiple reports on the risk associated with historically low Lake Union levels and still we are Afloat in Seattle™! As of this AM, in the last 30 days there have been 5 SOLD Seattle floating homes that have closed in escrow through the NWMLS. These are not the “For Sale By Owner” Seattle houseboats and these are just the Seattle floating homes – not the other types of Seattle houseboats like floating on water residences, etc. Just floating homes. Cooper Jacobs Real Estate has  Seattle Realtors that specialize in Seattle houseboats and Seattle waterfront homes. (Seattle houseboats experts Molly Cartwright and I were involved in two of the last five sales below.)

  • 2818 Boyer Ave E #2 in Portage Bay is a 1 bedroom, .75 bath 600 square foot Seattle floating home.  It was built in 1930. It was listed for $395,000 and after 5 days on the market sold on 7/21/15 for $410,000 (103.80% of sales price to list price). $683.33/sq ft
  • 2031 Fairview Ave E #N in Eastlake is a 885 square foot 1 bedroom and 1 bath home built in 1925. It was orignially listed for $510,000 and dropped its price to $499,000.  After 90 days on market, it sold for $465,000 (93.19% sales price to list price). $525.42 square foot seattle houseboats experts
  • 2420 Westlake Ave #7 * in Westlake is a 1065 square foot 2 bedrom and 1.5 bath floating home that Molly and I listed.  It was built in 1929, but completely redone and sold for $875,000 after 103 days on market (97.44 % sales price to list price) 821.60 a square foot  *Cooper Jacobs Real Estate represented the Seller
  • 1214 Hamlin Ave St #9 in Portage Bay – A 3 bedroom 2 bath 1500 square foot floating home built in 1971. It was listed and sold for $1,298,500 after 11 days on market. $865.67 square foot
  • 2466 Westlake Ave N #19* in Westlake – Molly and I represented the buyer for this fabulous Seattle floating home.  It is a 2 bedroom and 1.75 bath home built in 1940.  It was listed and sold for $1,350,000 with 7 days on market.  *Cooper Jacobs Real Estate represented the Buyer

Seattle houseboats for sale in EastlakeSo what is for sale in Seattle Houseboats world now on Lake Union? 

There are five Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS right now. These do not include Seattle houseboats for sale by owner. They range in price from $499,000 to $1,495,000 with an average days on market of 38 days.  The median list price is $750,000.  They are all in Eastlake!  In addition there is one floating home that is pending in the MLS priced at $2,895,000 (Wards Cove).

Our favorite by far of course is a great floating home on The Log Foundation dock which happens to be one of the best run and most established coop on Lake Union.  If you are looking for Seattle houseboat living, then this is a great choice! It is a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom 1300 square feet floating home built in 1930 with lots of updates.  seattle houseboats office

It is south facing!  To be south facing and in Eastlake is highly coveted.  This one is all one level and well oriented with the water.  It is listed for $697,000.  Please let us know if you would like to see it.  It won’t last long.  Also, if you are looking for Seattle houseboats for rent, there are some available right now (A lot of people ask about Seattle houseboats for vacation rental, but the majority of these homes are rented long term).

Call/Text Molly 206-841-6800

Want to learn more about Seattle Houseboats and life on Lake Union Afloat?  We would be happy to help!  

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800
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Seattle Houseboats For Sale: 2019 Fairview Ave E Slip D

Seattle Houseboats On The Market:

Just Listed:  2019 Fairview Ave E

 

Seattle houseboats for sale


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There are some great Seattle houseboats for sale out there, but this lovely Eastlake floating home is making its debut for the first time in a very long time.

  • 2 BedroomsSeattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake
  • 1 Bath
  • 1300 Square Feet
  • Built in 1930
  • Remodeled Kitchen
  • South Facing
  • Owned Moorage on Well Organized Dock

More info about this great  Eastlake Seattle floating home: 

Seattle houseboats with views of Lake Union2019 Fairview Ave E

Look no further. You’ve just discovered the quintessential Eastlake Floating Home. The massive float size is perfect to entertain on your south facing deck. One bedroom & one smaller. Third room for another bedroom, office or den. Newly remodeled kitchen, with gas range, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops. Well established Log Foundation Co-op. Great location to enjoy all the Eastlake activities. Extra Boat Moorage with co-op approval. Welcome Home!   $697,000

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Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800
Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your questions or email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com
Seattle Afloat ® Seattle Houseboats Experts ℠:
We want to help you live your life Afloat In Seattle™
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Seattle Houseboats Market Update July 2015

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What Is For Sale On Lake Union Now?

Lots going on across Lake Union!  There are three Seattle floating homes for sale in Eastlake right now – ranging in price form $525,000 to $1,495,000.  All are two bedrooms which gives you a good indicator that it isn’t about bedroom count for Seattle houseboats! There is one other of the Seattle Floating On-Water Residences for sale in Gas Works Park Marina at $519,000 as well.

Pending Seattle Floating Homes In The NWMLS

There are four Seattle floating homes pending in the NWMLS right now. These range in price from $395,000 for a Portage Bay floating home to $1,298,000 for another Portage bay houseboat.  There is one of each in Westlake and Eastlake pending as well.  They range in bedroom count from 1 to 3 bedrooms and have other individual perks as well.  For instance, our Westlake Floating home for sale is part of a co-op that purchased a money making marina to pay for costs of the dock.  It is currently pending. Each one of these homes is so different and that is why when you are looking at Seattle houseboats it is really important to talk to someone who has the experience needed to help you navigate the waters of lake Union and Seattle Houseboat Living ℠.

Closed Transactions on Lake Union:  Seattle Houseboats SOLD – at least EIGHT IN SIXTY DAYS. 

There were at least two other Floating On-Water Residences as well, but let’s look at the Seattle floating homes segment of Seattle houseboats for sale.  There were six Seattle floating homes that closed in escrow in the NWMLS in the last sixty days.  They ranged in list price from $499,000 to $2,595,000 and range in sales price3 from $465,000 to $2,475,000 with an average sales price to list price ratio of 98.03%.

lake union houseboatsYou can see the full NWMLS sheets and comparisons here:

Seattle Houseboats SOLD CMA

Seattle Houseboats SOLD 2015

Average days on market was 26 days for these. They were all around Lake Union in Eastlake, Westlake, and Portage Bay.  The Lake Union Dock had a couple change hands.  Fairview Landing also had one sell. We specialize in floating homes and waterfront homes, so happily we were involved in a third of these home sales. Molly and I sold a great one at 2466 Westlake Ave N for $1,350,000 (on the market for just 7 days) and we listed the beautiful white floating home at 2031 Fairview Ave E for $975,000 (it sold in 5 days for $971,000). It is difficult to judge these unique Seattle waterfront homes by dollar per square foot.  The range of dollar per square foot pricing is as unique as each of these homes – ranging from $525.42 to $1225.85.  The median price was $1,160,000.  For Seattle houseboats, it really is about your unique needs. Please let us know what you are looking for in a new Lake Union home.

Here are some of the most common things that we get asked about with Seattle Houseboats:

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  • Boat Moorage
  • Rooftop deck
  • Neighborhood
  • Parking
  • Dock Position (End of dock moorage is always the most desirable and the most expensive)
  • Form of Ownership (Co-op, Condo, Fee Simple, Leased)
  • Proximity of Amenities
  • Storage
  • Pets
  • Fees
  • Taxes
Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800   Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your questions or email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com
Seattle Afloat ® Seattle Houseboats Experts ℠: We want to help you live your life Afloat In Seattle™
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Seattle Floating Homes For Sale: Houseboats Inventory Movement

Seattle Houseboats On Lake Union  – Inventory Is Afloat!seattle floating home dining room

Seattle Is Afloat! There are several pending Seattle houseboats in the MLS as well, but I wanted to go ahead and get some basic info about what is available for sale on Lake Union right now. There are FIVE ACTIVE Seattle floating homes for sale currently in the NWMLS. There are also a couple Seattle houseboats for rent if you are interested in those so please let us know.

A quick note about Lake Union water homes definitions… (This post is about just SEATTLE FLOATING HOMES for sale.  The term “Seattle houseboats” is an umbrella term which covers floating homes, vessels, barges, and now Seattle floating on-water residences. It has recently become unnecessarily more intricate than it ever needed to be, but it is what it is and we would be happy to help clarify it for you.  Historically, though, Seattlelites refer to all forms of these types of floating abodes as Seattle Houseboats“.)

seattle houseboats for sale in westlakeOK, back to the Lake Union news! There are five Seattle floating homes that are for sale currently.  They range in price from $395,000 for a 1 bedroom in Portage Bay to $1,595,000 for a 2 bedroom floating gem in the prestigious Mallard Cove floating homes community in Eastlake. The median list price of these incedible Lake Union floating residences is $948,000 which also happens to be the list price of our Westlake floating home for sale right now.  There are two Eastlake houseboats for sale in this mix, two in Portage Bay, and one in Westlake.  All three Lake Union houseboats communities offer different Seattle Waterfront Living styles and each one is unique in character and charm. The average days on market is 21 days currently and the average dollar per square foot is $802.91 per square foot.  Square footage on floating home docks is not a reliable source of value always because there are so many structures of ownership to take into account.  Each Seattle floating home is different and there are also no two docks alike on Lake Union.

Interested in Living On A Houseboat In Seattle?

seattle houseboats expertsIf you are interested in Seattle Houseboat Living, then please let us know.  We would be happy to help you find your perfect spot to live Lake Union Afloat℠!  Call/Text/Email anytime.

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800  Molly@CooperJacobs.com

Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841  Courtney@CooperJacobs.com

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