Large Historical Portage Bay Floating Home With Big Up Potential

seattle floating homesLarge Spaces in this Seattle floating homes for sale

This 2 bedroom 1269 square foot Seattle floating home built in 1920 has 1.75 baths and checks all the boxes you have been looking for plus it comes in well under a million dollars which is difficult to find these days.  Looking for an affordable Seattle waterfront living situation in city with parking? Seattle houseboats are a great option and this is the spot!  And what an amazing spot it is anyway – gorgeous lapping water on the shores of peaceful Portage Bay, but also really close to all you need to be close to – easy walk around Northern Capitol Hill, Eastlake,  University District and more or do the Portage Bay Loop which is comparable to walking around Green Lake, but has even more interesting things to see.

As far as the list of must haves for Seattle houseboats, this beautiful floating home at 3146 Portage Bay Pl E checks all the boxes: 

  • two stories
  • decks
  • secure condo moorage
  • moorage for your boat
  • deeded parking
  • storage
  • historical charm
  • vaulted ceilings
  • sturdy home with well maintained float

This classic condo owned floating home in Peaceful Portage Bay is an amazing opportunity to create your own vision.

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Gardens welcome you to the front door and a large vaulted entry creates an abundant of light and texture as you enter. Fantastic french

doors spill out to a large deck so you can hop into your boat and cruise around the lake or hang out with friends and fire up the grill! Enjoy upper level en-suite with a deck. This home includes one deeded parking space and a storage unit on site.  $785,000

 

Please let us know if you are interested in seeing this fabulous Seattle floating home for sale!

email: houseboats@cooperjacobs.com  call/text 206-841-6800  Molly Cartwright/ Courtney Cooper

3110 Portage Bay Place E #F – Seattle Floating Home Listed Today!

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3110 Portage Bay Place E #F – Seattle Floating Home Listed Today!

Looking for Seattle floating homes for sale?  At the end of this quiet dead end street is one fantastic Seattle floating home for sale –  equipped with all the splash you come to expect from living on the lake in Portage Bay.

Generous spaces in this Portage Bay floating home allow for a flexible floor plan including a large master bed and bath capturing killer views of the canal. Three rooms in all, a remodeled bathroom, and a charming kitchen with tons of storage.

Huge accessory raft for kayaks, moorage for your boat, and an enclosed deck for privacy. One reserved parking spot and NO DUES!  $799,000

  • 2 + Bedroom
  • 1.75 Bath
  • Built in 1960
  • Accessory Float
  • Boat Moorage
  • Parking
  • Owned Slip
  • NO Dues!

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.

 

 

Seattle Floating Homes Tour: Sept 11 2016

Tour Seattle’s Floating Home community:  It Happens Every two years…Peaceful Portage Bay

Seattle Floating homes Tour:  The biannual Seattle Floating Homes Association Tour is Sunday September 2011 and I am surprised there are still tickets left!  You can grab yours here:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585184

It’s your chance to tour some of the special Seattle floating homes in Portage Bay.  This year the entire tour will be centered around Seattle houseboats in Portage Bay – thirteen of them plus the University Bridge which is a rare treat to peek inside the bridge tender’s work quarters.

According to the latest floating home tour promotion postcard that went out on the event:  “This year’s Tour will give visitors the unique chance to visit and discover the colorful history of 13 floating homes hidden along the seldom visited banks of Portage Bay.

This tour is something that is very near and dear to our hearts.  Molly and I work very hard at every tour doing a variety of jobs.  The last two tours, I have put together the actual tickets and promotional posters and I really enjoy reading about the houses.  It is an amazing gift to our community that these houseboat home owners are willing to so generously open up their personal spaces so that the public may learn about our Seattle floating community. None of these homes are for sale and this is not a real estate agent’s promotional tour.  These are coveted homes that are on display for a limited time during the tour.

Just got word that we are still also looking for volunteers. Here is the message on the latest postcard I put out to the community:

Sept. 11, 2016 noon – 5 p.m.
Volunteers needed! 
Please sign up at:seattlefloatinghomes.org

Portage Bay Floating Homes: Just Listed

Portage Bay Floating HomeWelcome To A Rare Portage Bay Floating Homes Opportunity On The Shelby Dock!

Live Life Afloat In Seattle™ Coveted Portage Bay Floating Homes:  This Seattle floating home is located on the coveted Shelby Dock in Portage Bay and has not changed hands in nearly four decades.  Rarely do you get the opportunity to live in such a magical place, but one has presented itself in this beautifully and lovingly renovated floating home towards the end of the dock.  Seattle Houseboats are a spectacular Seattle Waterfront Living Opportunity always, but this particular one truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We are so excited to bring it to the Seattle floating homes market and look forward to showing it to you!  There will be no open houses  – only exclusive showings so call or text Seattle Floating Homes Expert Realtor Molly Cartwright for a private showing or more information. 206-841-6800.  You can also email us at Houseboats@CooperJacobs.com

Here are the MLS remarks for this Portage Bay Floating Home:

Life on the shores of Portage Bay is a unique lifestyle like no other. Enjoy a comfortable 2 bedroom, 2 bath floating home with over 1200 square feet of lake living. Views of the lapping water as you sip your morning coffee before launching your SUP or kayak. Gleaming hardwoods on the main and a charming updated bathroom plus guest room. Lots of room for all your toys & fabulous entertaining home.Large master suite including private office, covered deck, & bonus room upstairs. Own your moorage!  $945,000 and won’t last.  1213 E Shelby St #13

Call/Text Molly Cartwright for more info or for your own private showing.  There will be no open houses, so please call for an appointment. 206-841-6800

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

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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
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