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 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

Perfection In Portage Bay

Any techies looking for the ultimate in dream Seattle floating homes?

Recently featured in both Curbed and Houzz, this upscale Seattle floating home is one to take note of!

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Luxury high end 3 bedroom smart home floating paradise with rooftop deck – more like your own yard oasis on the roof – complete with a lawn!  Automated lighting, Lutron shades, security cams, 10-zone audio, more with touch pad controls throughout house & remote access. Decks on 3 levels. Exotic zebra hardwood, Pedini Italian cabinets, underlit glass molded cast glass staircase + 6 antique operable brass portholes from a vintage English luxury liner. Upscale kitchen with Bosch and Gagganau + outside Lynx BBQ cooking area. Solar powered boat lift.  $2,350,000

  • Parking
  • Moorage
  • Low Dues
  • Great location!

Want to see it?  Call/Text Molly or Courtney 206-841-6800/206-850-8841  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Just Released: Brand New Seattle Floating Home For Sale

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale:  This One Just Released!

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If you are looking for the ultimate in Seattle new construction, then look no further than the waterfront living of this beautiful Seattle floating home!

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bath
  • Condo owned dock (the most secure way to own a Seattle floating home)
  • Brand New and Never Lived In!
  • 1980 Square Feet
  • Roof top deck
  • Deeded Parking Space and Storage
  • Gorgeous grounds

Beautifully designed by Prentiss Architecture, this new floating home expands over 1,980 square feet of luxury. Handsome cedar on the exterior and warmth from radiant heat inside. Black honed soapstone kitchen counters compliment custom cherry cabinets with energy efficient stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous Maple hardwood floors unite the open concept floor plan. Loewe windows + nano doors to bring the outdoors in. Category 5 wiring. Seattle waterfront at it’s finest. $2,100,000

Call Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper for more information on this fabulous place: 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com  We are Seattle Houseboats Experts and specialize in Seattle Waterfront Living. 

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Investor Alert: Seattle Floating Home Moorage Site For Sale

seattle houseboats slip for saleBuy a piece of the Lake in Seattle!

Not ready to jump all the way into Seattle floating home living, but still want to get your feet into the Seattle floating home water living real estate market?  This is a great opportunity to purchase a piece of Lake Union. Located in the eastern arm of Lake Union in Portage Bay, this Seattle houseboats slip currently leases to a tenant floating home, but the possibilities are endless. It’s a great investment on a wonderful co-op dock with a parking spot included!  You can purchase the slip as an investment, collect rental income, and own a coveted parking spot all while enjoying the investment benefits of Seattle real estate appreciation.

Portage Bay is a fabulous part of Lake Union!  You are surrounded by the tranquility of calmer waters, but never very far from anything you need.  Just down the block from the acclaimed and much celebrated grocery and eatery Little Lago, and surrounded by parks and beauty, this dock is on the Portage Bay Loop which is only slightly longer in length than Green Lake. Walk to Eastlake, University District, and more plus a quick commute to Amazon, University of Washington, and Children’s Hospital. Surrounded by multi million dollar properties and great spot between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.  $435,000

Call/Text Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper for more information 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 We are excited to share with you this wonderful Seattle waterfront lifestyle and all the perks of living Life Afloat In Seattle houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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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 Houseboats Open Houses: Two Floating Homes Open This Weekend!

Seattle Houseboats Open Houses:

Two Seattle Floating Homes For Sale are open this weekend!  Mark your calendars to come see two spectacular Seattle floating homes.  For directions or details please call or text us.  We can also tour you privately if you want to see it sooner:  206-841-6800 or houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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Where: 2339 Fairview Ave E #O

When: 1-4 PM

Rare three bedroom Seattle floating home in Seattle’s sought after Eastlake neighborhood! Second from end of the dock with room for your boat!  This beauty was largely redone in 2010 and has captivating views of all the action on Lake Union.  Large picture windows and thoughtful details make this the picture perfect home and a perfect spot afloat to enjoy the iconic Seattle houseboats lifestyle.

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!  $2,250,000

 

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Where: 3146 Portage Bay Pl E #J

When: 1-4 PM

Seattle new construction floating homes?  Yes!  This one is in Portage Bay and is sleek and modern and offers extreme views and a ton of outdoor space!

Be the first to own a new construction  Seattle 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.  $1.995,000

We are excited to hear about your Seattle houseboats needs and happy to show you these and the other floating homes on the lake. Again, for directions or additional details on these or other homes for sale please call or text us.  We can also tour you privately if you want to see it sooner:  206-841-6800 or houseboats@cooperjacobs.com – Courtney Cooper & Molly Cartwright

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

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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

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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!

Seattle Houseboats For Sale Market Info:  seattle floating homes for sale

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
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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

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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.

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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.

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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
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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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Seattle Floating Homes Market Houseboats Plus A Housebarge

lake union houseboatsSeattle Houseboats Market Update:

In the last sixty days, there have been many significant sale in the Seattle houseboat community.  There have been nine closed sales in the NWMLS for Seattle floating homes and also for Seattle houseboats which are classified as a barge (house barge).

Here are some of the details of the Seattle houseboats which have closed in escrow:

2727 Fairview Ave E #3  This is a grandfathered in Seattle housebarge which was gorgeous. It has 2 bedrooms and was listed on 4/5/2015 for $399,000 and sold for $404,000 after 6 days on the market.  It is located on the Hamlin Pier in Eastlake.  No sales tax on Seattle housebarges for sale if you can find them.

3125 Fairview Ave E #B This 2 bedroom 875 square foot Seattle floating home was listed on 4/30/2015 for $575,000 and sold for full price three days later.  I closed in escrow 5/29/2015.

2727 Fairview Ave E #12  This Seattle floating home is on Hamlin Pier which is a leased dock in Eastlake. It was listed for $695,000 on 3/6/2015  and on the market for 22 days before closing on 4/30/2015 with a final sales price of $675,000.

2031 Fairview Ave E #P  The Lake Union Dock in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.  The next three sold on this dock.  The floating home in slip #P  is 1050 square feet and 2 bedrooms.  It was listed for $725,000 on 4/28/2015 and after 3 days on the market sold for $715,000 and closed on 6/5/2015.  It is the first houseboat on the dock.

2031 Fairview Ave E #B  Another Lake Union Dock gem, Molly and I sold this gorgeous Seattle houseboat to our lucky clients who came out ahead in a fierce multiple offer situation. This two bedroom 1200 square foot floating home was listed on 4/1/2015 for $895,000 and sold after six days on the market and closed in escrow on 5/19/2015 for $900,000.

2031 Fairview Ave E #G Molly and I had the pleasure of listing this one with LeAnne. We listed it on 4/27/2015 for $975,000 and after 5 days on the market it went under contract for full price.  During the inspection, we adjusted the price somewhat for a final sales price of $971,000.  It closed on 6/10/2015. This Seattle floating home is a two bedroom 1184 square foot houseboat in Eastlake. It is second from the end of the dock and offers some pretty great views and nice finish work.

3236 Portage Bay Pl  Moving over to Portage Bay, this two bedroom Seattle floating home was listed on 9/15/2014 for $1,100,000 and after 152 days on the market, it closed in escrow at $1,067,000 on 5/15/2015.  This houseboat offered a unique situation which make it difficult to price – a couple parking spaces and an on land rental income opportunity. People looking for Seattle houseboats for rent would like the land rental and this one also has no HOA so no dues.

10 E Roanoke Reef St #12  Awwe… Roanoke Reef floating homes!  Roanoke Reef is one of the three standards in Seattle luxury floating homes.  This three bedroom floating home is on the back row and offers 1562 square feet of living space to stretch out for your life afloat in Seattle.  It was listed for 4/5/2015 for $1,690,000 and after 276 days on the market sold for cash.  It closed on 5/8/2015 for a final sales price of $1,640,000.

3212 Portage Bay Place #B  Brand new!  Seattle new construction floating homes in Seattle are few and far between.  This one is back over in Portage Bay again and is one of the latest Seattle luxury floating homes to hit the houseboat market.  It was listed for $1,750,000 on 3/28/2015 and after 35 days on the market it sold for full asking price and cash and closed on 5/27/2015.  The square footage  is 1850 square feet of stunning interiors and three bedrooms which is difficult to find outside of Roanoke Reef, Mallard Cove, or Wards Cove.

So the average days on market for these Seattle houseboats for sale is 56 days.  The average dollar per square foot is $751.95 with a range of $657.14 to $1,049.94 for the Seattle floating homes and $404 for the Seattle housebarge Big Brother that closed.  The median sales price for all of these Seattle houseboats is $900,000.

Seattle floating homesOne Final note on The Seattle Houseboats Market:

The sales price to list price ratio is 99.02% making the Seattle floating homes market a healthy opportunity for Seattle buyers who want to be in city but can’t seem to compete in the current market.  In Seattle land homes for certain neighborhoods, homes are selling for $100,000 to $200,000 and more over list in the same price range.  Why not take your buying power and apply it towards Seattle’s most affordable waterfront and closest in city neighborhood? We still have multiple offers in the Seattle floating homes market, but the competition is at a more reasonable pace. I think if more buyers were aware of the attainability of this amazing lifestyle, then more people might jump in and enjoy this unique lifestyle of life afloat in Seattle. seattle houseboats

Please call us if you would like to learn more about living life on Lake Union. Courtney Cooper or Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800  Seattle Houseboats Realtors.  We specialize in Seattle floating homes, Seattle waterfront, Seattle luxury homes, and Seattle neighborhoods. Cooper Jacobs Real Estate, SeattleAfloat.com for Life Afloat In Seattle’s Lake Union Neighborhood.

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January 2015 Seattle Houseboats Market Update

Seattle Houseboats Market Update:  What’s Out There?

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In the MLS, there are three Seattle houseboats for sale currently in the Seattle floating homes category. They all three have a 1 in front of them.  As in ONE MILLION.  Specifically, there is one available in Portage Bay for $1.1M and two Seattle houseboats available in Eastlake (including one of the Roanoke Reef floating homes) ranging in price from $1,599,900 to $1,795,000. There is also a Seattle houseboat for rent in Eastlake at the end of the dock. In escrow, there is one Seattle floating home on Fairview in Eastlake that is pending – priced just over a million dollars.

Seattle Houseboats Sold

Seattle houseboatsIn the last 60 days in the MLS for Seattle houseboats sales, there have been two recorded. Both of these Seattle floating homes were priced under a million dollars…

3012 Fuhrman Ave E #D Listed on 11/22/2014 by Seattle Houseboats Realtor Molly Cartwright and me of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate for $229,000 and under contract officially on 11/25/2014.  It closed with a final sales price of $235,000 on 12/18/2014. This little Portage Bay floating home was an absolute writer’s paradise – a perfect Lake Union get away!

2207 Fairview Ave E #1 Listed by another company on 6/25/2014 and went pending in October on 10/07/2014 and then closed another two months later on 12/5/2014. So six month on the market – listed at $800,000 and sold for 91.25% of that asking at a final sales price of $730,000.  It’s a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Eastlake floating home with 986 square feet and built in 1920.

Overall on The Seattle Houseboats Market…….seattle houseboats

The story with Seattle houseboats is still inventory.  Anything under $500,000 is moving faster than other price ranges.  That being said with the proper exposure, the right buyers will find your floating home.  If you are a buyer, then there are options in the MLS as long as you are willing to shell out the money that this unique Seattle waterfront homes lifestyle affords.  Molly is a good contact because she knows of AT LEAST THREE Seattle houseboats that are available or will be soon if you are looking for something specific. Utilizing a Seattle houseboats broker is key if you are going to be successful in being alerted immediately if something may be or is available.  You can reach her at 206-841-6800 or molly@cooperjacobs.com.  Please feel free to drop me a line as well. We love our jobs and it shows.  We are excited to work with you!

Molly Cartwright, Seattle Realtor 206-841-6800 or molly@cooperjacobs.com

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Seattle Houseboats Real Estate Market Holiday Update

Dead of  Seattle winter during the holiday break… what could possibly be shaking down on Seattle Houseboats real estate?


 

Seattle houseboatsNot a ton, although, if you are a buyer, this is a great time to get out there because you have no competition on the lake or otherwise.

Right now there are only a couple choices in Seattle floating homes for sale and they are both priced between $1.1M and $1.6M – one in Eastlake and one in Portage Bay.

As far as recent sold Seattle houseboats, Molly and I listed the little guy in Portage bay at 3012 Fuhrman Ave N, Slip #D for $229,000 and it closed just before Christmas on 12/19 with a final sales price of $235,000.  We also listed and sold the Seattle floating home on 2331 Fairview Ave E, Slip #A which closed on 10/31/2014 and had a final selling price of $345,000.

Other recent Seattle floating homes for sale that have closed in escrow are as follows:Seattle houseboats

2207 Fairview Ave E #1  Listed for $800,000 and sold for $730,000  2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths 986 sq feet closed 12/9/2014

2351 Fairview Ave E #K Listed for $1,150,000 and sold for $1,100,000 2 bedrooms, 1.75 baths 1300 square feet closed on 11/14/2014

There are quite a few off market Lake Union and Portage Bay Seattle houseboats opportunities at the moment as well.  Spring will being more of these listings to light, so let us know what you are looking for and we will keep you in mind as they come up. Molly 206-841-6800 Courtney 206-850-8841 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Seattle Houseboats Brand New Listing: Portage Bay

Seattle houseboats for sale: This one is going to sell fast. I know you hear this a lot, but this one is definitely going to sell fast. It’s what they call a “no brainer” in the world of Seattle houseboats and probably Seattle real estate in general…

  • $229,000
  • $345/mo for the slip with a 30 year lease
  • $509/year taxes
  • that’s it.

Here’s the listing remarks from our Seattle houseboats page:

Perfect houseboat to finally write that novel or just get away from it all! This adorable studio houseboat offers a unique & fun atmosphere. Throughout the seasons, enjoy this living or working environment as you watch a parade of boats go by. Open studio floor plan with cozy fireplace plus bright and beautiful French doors that open up to your very own piece of Seattle waterfront. With a large deck and room for your toys, this is one of the most charming and affordable pieces of waterfront!

Call or text us if you want more info… 206-841-6800  Molly or 206-850-8841 Courtney  @Cooper Jacobs Real Estate – Molly and I specialize in Seattle houseboats, Seattle waterfront, Seattle floating homes, and we love our clients!

 

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Seattle Houseboats: What A Difference A Few Weeks Makes In The Floating Home World!

Wow!  What a difference a few weeks makes for Seattle houseboats.


If you want to go back and review my Seattle Floating Homes Market Report from September, then please do so. In the course of three days in the first week or so in October, four Seattle floating homes went pending and one closed in escrow! There are only five Seattle floating homes for sale currently and only 2 of those are under $600k.

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Seattle Houseboats:  What A Difference A Few Weeks Makes In The Floating Home World!

Seattle houseboats for sale:  Of the five floating homes available for sale, here is the info:  These range in price from $550,000 to $1,890,000 with a median list price of $1,100,000.  Of these, my favorite is 2017 Fairview Ave E , Slip #O. It has owned moorage – the only one under $600 that owns its own slip.  It is well done, charming, updated, and on a great dock. They are also offering $6000 to go towards your closing costs. It’s a steal…

Pending in the MLS: There are 5 pending Seattle floating homes per the NWMLS.  These Seattle houseboats range in price from $345,000 to $1,300,000.

Seattle houseboats SOLD:  2369 Fairview Ave E #2 has closed in escrow! This is a luxury floating home on the high end Fairview Landing dock. It was listed for $2,950,000 and had a final sales price of $2,850,000 (96.61% sales price to list price). The home is a 3 bedroom 1.75 bath 2150 square foot “houseboat” built in 2009. It sold for $1,325.58 per square foot.


Would you like more information on these sales or Seattle floating homes both off and on the market? 

Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841 courtney@cooperjacobs.com

Molly Cartwright 206.841.6800 molly@cooperjacobs.com

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate:  Seattle Houseboats Realtors

Seattle Houseboats Market: Floating Homes on Portage Bay and Lake Union

The Seattle Houseboats market has shifted somewhat to including more choices for buyers.

westlake floating home for sale SIX  Seattle floating homes have closed in escrow in the last 60 days according to the NWMLS stats.  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Seattle Floating Homes Brokers Molly  Cartwright and Courtney Cooper were responsible for one side of FOUR of these SIX Seattle houseboat sales!

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Here are the Seattle floating homes that have sold in the last 60 days:

  • 2025 Fairview Ave E #H (Eastlake on Log Foundation Dock) (We represented the seller)
  • 2818 1/2 Boyer Ave E #4 (Portage Bay)
  • 2025 Fairview Ave E #M (Eastlake on Log Foundation Dock)
  • 2025 Fairview Ave E #R (Eastlake on Log Foundation Dock) (We represented the seller)
  • 2770 Westlake Ave N #6 (Westlake)(We represented the buyer in this one)
  • 2019 Fairview Ave E #G (Eastlake)  (We represented the buyer in this one)

Currently, there are eleven Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS..  There are also known opportunities of at least three off market  if you are a Seattle houseboats buyer…  Actives range in price for these Seattle houseboats for sale is from $524,950 to $2,950,000.

Seattle houseboatsFeatured Seattle houseboats for sale right now on Lake Union :

Here are two shining examples of what is available on both sides of Lake Union. One of these floating homes is on the most southern dock in Eastlake and the other Seattle houseboat for sale is on one of the most sought after docks and areas in Westlake.

2017 Fairview Ave E #O:  Most Southern dock in Eastlake and super clean floating home in one of the best run cooperative owned moorage dock! This one is not to be missed and room for your play toys on the lake!  $655,000 for a TWO Bedroom home – nice!

2466 Westlake Ave N #7:  You will never again find this home or anything like it.  It is not to be missed.  Featured and loved on the 2010 Floating Homes Association Tour, this has as many special places in it as you could possibly imagine and more plus room for your VERY LARGE boat attached alongside!!! $1,299,000

If you are interested in Buying or selling Seattle Houseboats, then we would invite you to call or email or text us.  As your Brokers, we are happy to answer all your questions and show you some of our favorites on the market.  We also have an inside scoop on upcoming Seattle houseboat listings!  We are Seattle floating homes brokers and here to help guide you.

Molly: 206.841.6800 Molly@CooperJacobs.com Courtney 206.850.8841 Courtney@CooperJacobs.com

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate has Seattle brokers who specialize in all Seattle neighborhoods, Seattle niches, and Seattle Suburbs. We are full service and can help you buy or sell your home. seattle houseboats brokers

Seattle Houseboats Market Report Summer 2014

Have you been looking at the Seattle Houseboats market? Wow! A lot going on here so let me catch you up… 

In the last 30 days, SEVEN Seattle floating homes have closed in escrow through the MLS.  Molly and I were extremely busy during Memorial Day weekend (my birthday weekend) contributing to this number and were responsible for one side of FOUR of these SEVEN houseboat sales! Inventory got very tight and then all of the sudden we have had some extremely interesting and unique Seattle houseboats listings come on the market.

Here are the Seattle floating homes that have sold in the last 30 days:Seattle houseboats

  • 2025 Fairview Ave E #H (Eastlake on Log Foundation Dock) (We represented the seller)
  • 2818 1/2 Boyer Ave E #4 (Portage Bay)
  • 2025 Fairview Ave E #M (Eastlake on Log Foundation Dock)
  • 2025 Fairview Ave E #R (Eastlake on Log Foundation Dock) (We represented the seller)
  • 2025 Fairview Ave E #H (Eastlake on Log Foundation Dock) (We represented the seller)
  • 2770 Westlake Ave N #6 (Westlake)(We represented the buyer in this one)
  • 2019 Fairview Ave E #G (Eastlake)  (We represented the buyer in this one)
  • 3146 Portage Bay Place (Portage Bay)

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There are TEN Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS right now.  We also know of at least three off market opportunities if you are a Seattle houseboats buyer…  Actives range in price from $525,000 to $2,950,000.

Our favorite Seattle houseboats for sale right now:Seattle houseboats

2017 Fairview Ave E #O:  Most Southern dock in Eastlake and super clean floating home in one of the best run cooperative owned moorage dock! This one is not to be missed and room for your play toys on the lake!  $655,000 for a TWO Bedroom home – nice!

2466 Westlake Ave N #7:  You will never again find this home or anything like it.  It is not to be missed.  Featured and loved on the 2010 Floating Homes Association Tour, this has as many special places in it as you could possibly imagine and more plus room for your VERY LARGE boat attached alongside!!! $1,299,000

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If you would like to see these incredible Seattle floating homes in what is Seattle’s ultimate waterfront lifestyle, please let us know – we are happy to show you these or any Seattle houseboats for sale

 SeattleAfloatPlease call Courtney or Molly for more info :

Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841
courtney@cooperjacobs.com

Molly Cartwright 206.841.6800
molly@cooperjacobs.com

These Seattle floating home has been listed by Realtors at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate LLC

 

Seattle Houseboats: It’s Open Season On Seattle Floating Homes!

Molly and I are calling it.

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Enjoy life afloat in your “backyard”

It’s open season on Seattle floating homes.  Lots of buyers and finally lots of choices!  Don’t let that discourage you if you are interested in selling.  You have a unique product.

Houseboats in Seattle’s Eastlake Neighborhood:

Eastlake floating homes are extremely desirable because of their lovely exposure to the sun and also just general orientation to the lake as a whole.

So, let’s see.. In Eastlake, there are five Seattle Houseboats for sale in the MLS as of today that are floating homes.  These range in price from $449,000 to $1,890,000 with many in between including 2025 Fairview Ave E #R listed for $499,950 and also 2025 Fairview Ave E #H which is second from the end of the dock and listed for $725,000. These two floating homes both have a lot to offer someone looking to live on Lake Union in what is pretty much the ultimate in Seattle Waterfront Living℠.  Houseboat #H has the most amazing grandfathered in accessory float attached to it so you have your own “back yard”.

In addition to the Seattle floating homes for sale in Eastlake, there is one in Fremont and also one in Portage Bay.  These range in price from $635,000 to $875,000.

Seattle floating homes SOLD:

The most recent Seattle floating home that has sold is a Portage Bay cutie in Houseboat Harbor located at 3110 Portage Bay Place, Houseboat #F was listed for $750,000 and had a final sales price of $679,000 (90.53% of list price) after 49 days on the market. This Seattle houseboat was built in 1960 and is about 1500 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1.75 baths on a float that is approximately 38 feet by 40 feet.  It had owned moorage and also a parking spot so a pretty good buy overall.

For Your own private showing or for more information, please get in touch with Courtney Cooper (courtney@cooperjacobs.com) or Molly Cartwright (molly@cooperjacobs.com or 206-841-6800) of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate.

Seattle Floating Homes Spring 2014 Update

Happy Spring, Seattle! Seattle Houseboats! I always love Spring because we start to see more Seattle floating homes coming on the real estate market. This has not been the case as of yet, but Molly and I are hopeful that the inventory will increase as the days grow warmer and the sky starts being blue more than grey.

Currently there are three Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS.  They are all on one of the three Log Foundation docks.  There are two Seattle houseboats for sale on the 2025 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation Dock.  They are priced at $449,000 for a 625 square foot one bedroom floating home ($718.40/sq ft) and $499,950 for a 950 square foot one bedroom floating home ($526.26/sq foot).  In addition to these Seattle houseboats, there is a 3 bedroom end of dock Seattle floating home for sale on the 2017 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation Dock. Again End of dock houseboat so price is set at $2,888,000 for 1000 square feet ($2,888/sq ft).

Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

In the MLS, there is one Seattle floating home pending, but Molly and I sold an additional off market Seattle floating home on the Roanoke Reef dock in the last couple of weeks and so we know of two pending overall. The three bedroom over at Portage Bay Place is 1500 square feet and listed for $750,000.  It is currently pending in escrow so we will keep you posted on what it sells for.  The Roanoke Reef floating home we sold is on the coveted front row of the Roanoke Reef dock located at 10 E Roanoke Street in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.  The asking price? $2,150,000.  It is scheduled to close soon so we can share additional details after it closes, but are very excited to have been able to facilitate this one.

Overall, it is the same story:  Low Inventory.  Seattle houseboats are the ultimate in Seattle Waterfront Living℠ so there is always a demand. We have several cash buyers waiting to pounce on the right one, so let us know if you are even thinking about selling. We know our Seattle houseboats buyers well and can tell immediately if your home will be a good fit for them or if you would be better served to put it on the open market.  We look forward to hearing from you and hope you have a lovely Spring and Summer!

Here is our info if you are curious what your home is worth:  Courtney@CooperJacobs.com 206.850.8841 or Molly@CooperJacobs.com 206.841.6800

If You Have A Seattle Floating Home And Thinking About Moving, We Need More Inventory. Here Is Why:

Seattle floating homes inventory has been the story on Lake Union all through 2012 and continues to be  a significant consideration into 2013.  

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Currently, there are only 4 Seattle floating homes for sale – three of which are in the million dollar plus range.  The lowest priced Seattle floating home for sale right now is priced at $499,000 and in the Eastlake neighborhood.  There are two in Portage Bay for sale right now and one on the Roanoke Reef dock in Eastlake.  The price on these range from $499,000 for 2331 Fairview Ave E #C  to $1,675,000 for 10 E Roanoke Street # 10 – both listed by Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Seattle Floating Homes Brokers  Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright.

There are three floating homes pending inspection or pending right now as well.  One is in Portage Bay for just under $500,000, and two are in Eastlake and priced between $475,000 and $825,000.  Both of these were on the market for under 30 days demonstrating the demand from current Seattle floating home prospective buyers.

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One Seattle floating home in Roanoke Reef (#3) has closed in the last 30 days.  It was listed for $1,490,000 and sold for $1,357,000.

Getting it ready for the houseboat market:  One component of a quick sale is proper preparation.  This requires a broker who specializes in not only floating homes, but innovative and creative marketing that is unique when compared to other brokers.  Courtney Cooper with help from Molly Cartwright initially listed the floating home located at 2031 Fairview Ave E (Houseboat # E) and the recipe for success was put in place which included a variety of ingredients.

 From the listing brokers:

A luxury home Stager was brought in and  a professional photographer lined up.  A housekeeper contributed to the process as well.  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate already owns the domain for this dock address (as well as others around the lake) so setting up a website that specializes in the listings that they represent on these docks is an extremely useful tool for consumers when looking for floating homes.  We have other sites that we feature our listings on as well as the address site including CooperJacobs.com. SeattleAfloat.com, and many more.  Your Seattle floating home will be found by anyone looking.  In fact, they can’t avoid finding it. 

You can reach brokers who specialize in houseboats at houseboats@cooperjacobs.com.  If you are interested in learning more about the current market or finding our the value of your Seattle floating home, you can email: homes@SeattleAfloat.com.  In addition, here is the full detail sheet of the current 2013 market:  Seattle Floating Homes 2013 Market.

Are Houseboats Drifting Away?

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Are Seattle Houseboats Drifting Away?

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Seattle houseboats in the news lately.  And if you receive your news from just one source, it might sound like Seattle houseboats are drifting away.

So what’s really going on? What is the dispute over?  One could argue it’s really about should private people be taking over public space.

In broad terms, the dispute is about freeing up the shorelines on parts of Lake Union.  According to the state law, water dependent (vs water oriented) businesses and industries, shoreline restoration and public access are all given priority.  With this in mind, some city council members say shorelines should be preserved for recreational and water-dependent uses (aka not houseboats).  Yet other city committee representatives say they want to protect the Seattle lifestyle of houseboats.  Yep, definitely confusing.  But one thing is crystal clear:  current houseboat owners and liveaboards say they’re tired of battling for their chosen lifestyle, investment, and freedom to live and just want to be left alone after years of this with the city.

Big agencies like The Planning Land Use and Sustainability Committee, State Department of Ecology, Coast Guard, and Lake Union Liveaboard Association are all trying to come to an agreement about what defines a houseboat.  The due date of January 14th is fast approaching to make this distinction and it’s complex to say the least.  By current standards, a houseboat is treated as a water oriented vessel.  Most should have propulsion, safety equipment, steering and navigational lights, and all already have a black water holding tank, also title and registration. One must beg the question: How is this standard different than say a sailboat, yacht or ferry which are all legal and not up for debate.

Some LULU members (Lake Union Liveaboard Association) remind city officials that houseboats have been around Seattle waters even before it was a city.  Naturally, anger and resentment have come to an all time high for the liveaboards, houseboat builders, marina owners, local vendors and businesses.

I want to be clear there is a difference between houseboats and floating homes in Seattle.  The 500 floating homes in Lake Union and Portage Bay are completely void of these litigation’s.  Floating homes, unlike houseboats, are floating structures usually consisting of logs or concrete which are connected to city water/sewer and are considered “real property” and remain in place by a very heavy moorage arm and do not move from their location.

I understand with the growing population and the fascination of such an intriguing lifestyle, the state/city would want certain regulations intact.  There are essentially two arguments going on simultaneously:  preserving the shoreline for recreational and “water-dependent” use and the defining a houseboat.  The houseboat community is no stranger to reinforcing their lifestyle to the city.  These are folks who care deeply about their lake and go to great lengths to pacify others in order to remain there.  This will not change and it will not change without a fight.

If you’d like more information about houseboats or floating homes please feel free to contact me via email at molly@cooperjacobs.com

 

 

 

Seattle Floating Homes Listings: Opportunities Galore

Seattle Floating Homes Listings: Opportunities Galore Afloat:

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

Recent Seattle Floating Homes SOLD:

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

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

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

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

Seattle Floating Homes Market Update

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

2764 Westlake Ave N Houseboat # D

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

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

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

UPDATE: THIS SEATTLE HOUSEBOAT IS NOT FOR SALE  – SOLD

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

Email:  courtney@cooperjacobs.com

Call or Text: 206.850.8841

Where Are The Seattle Floating Homes Located?

Where Are The Seattle Floating Homes Located?

It seems pretty obvious to most of us where they are, but we are local and people outside of Seattle really don’t know. Many out of state visitors come here only with the Sleepless In Seattle frame of reference for where Seattle houseboats actually are in Seattle. Any Seattle local who has seen this 1993 Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie (which I affectionately call the STALKER movie) knows that when Tom sets out in his little row boat from his Lake Union houseboat, he won’t end up in the Puget Sound at Alki any time soon.

This is why people want to know: Where are Seattle floating homes located in Seattle?

It is important to first know that Seattle houseboats used to be a lot more prevalent in the city even being in Lake Washington along the shores of Madison Park just to name one spot, but also along the Duwamish River down in the South Park area.  Over the last 100 years they have dwindled for various reasons which is probably a good idea for me to write a series of at least 10 posts.  The city has gone from thousands of floating homes and shacks to a little over 500 in present day. These 500 or so surviving Seattle floating homes (and some new construction) are located on Lake Union and Portage bay in various locations.

Here is a handy map of the Seattle Floating Homes –


View Where To Find Seattle Floating Homes in a larger map

Let me know if you are interested in checking out Seattle’s floating homes neighborhoods and learning more about the different types of dock ownerships, etc.

Courtney Cooper

Houseboat Realtor

Courtney@CooperJacobs.com 206-850-8841

Houseboat With A View

Houseboat With A View
By Brian Olsen, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate
 
Here is a Lake Union Houseboat listed for sale at $340,000. This delightful structure is only a short walk away from Gas Works Park. It has two decks with views and approximately 300 square feet of  outdoor space to BBQ and enjoy Seattle views. This houseboat was just put back into Lake Union after being cleaned underneath and approved by the surveyor. There is a spacious bedroom, sleeping loft and full bathroom along with many new upgrades to make things ship shape. The dock out to the houseboat begins with a cabana for guests that have their own showers. Another lifestyle benefit of this dock is that it’s condo moorage. This means the property owners own the slips where the houseboats are attached. Simply, a more cost effective way to approach Seattle waterfront living. Come see this wonderful opportunity to be on the water and have kayaks, fishing poles etc right there.
 
New financing opportunities have recently surfaced and worth exploring. Want to own instead of rent? Good idea! To view this listing(NWMLS# 252985), please contact Brian Olsen at 206.898.3627. We can also schedule a tour to include other Seattle houseboats around Lake Union and Portage Bay.       
 
 

Seattle Floating Homes Market Update – End of August 2011

Seattle Floating Homes Market Update – End of August 2011 (Is that possible????)seattle houseboats

Here we are 8/31/2011.  Summer is pretty much over although it finally feels like we are getting some warmer weather here and there.  Seattle houseboats are still well into their prime season and the choices afloat on Lake Union are vast.  If you are interested in buying a Seattle houseboat, now is a great time to look.  I actually haven’t seen so many choices in the last few years at one time – and they are in all price ranges.

Current offerings range from $219,950 for a little guy on Boyer Ave E to $1,395,000 for one of the Roanoke Reef houseboats.  There are 16 Seattle floating homes on the market right now with a median price of $650,000.  You can find these Seattle houseboats on Lake Union docks in Eastlake, Westlake, and Portage Bay.  There are leased and owned moorage options.  Let us know if you are curious about what might be the best fit for you.

Seattle Floating Homes Sales Numbers August 2011 – How is the houseboat market?

There have been 4 Seattle floating homes that have closed in the last 30 days on the NWMLS. These sold housbeoats range in price from $355,000 for a Westlake Cove houseboat to $2,885,000 for a modern beauty on the Fairview Landings dock with a median price of $632,500.  The average days on market for them is 212 days and the sales price to list price percentage is 88.01%.

Here are some details of these sold Seattle floating homes:  The average sales price to list price % on these is 88.01%

  • 2764 Westlake Ave N #C Listed and Sold by Cooper Jacobs Real Estate listed for $399,000sold for $355,000 (SP/LP:  88.97% – exceeds average)
  • 2019 Fairview Ave E #R  Listed for 625,000/sold for $575,000 with 13 days on market (seems like a motivated seller)(SP/LP:  92% – exceeds average)
  • 2031 Fairview Ave E #B  Listed for $789,000/sold for $690,000 (SP/LP:  87.45% – below average)
  • 2369 Fairview Ave E #6 Listed for $3,800,ooo originally, dropped to $3,450,000, sold for $2,885,000 (LOWEST SP/LP:  83.62% – below average)
Cooper Jacobs has one of the highest sales price to list price % on these closed Seattle floating homes sales – please call if you need a market analysis of your floating home:  Courtney Cooper  206-850-8841  or email courtney@cooperjacobs.com
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