Seattle Houseboats: Catching Up With The Seattle Floating Homes Market Sept 2014

Summary:  Great Choices Available unless you want The Sleepless In Seattle Houseboat.june2010b 275

All year long, the story has been low inventory, low inventory, low inventory.  Now we have inventory.  Typically August is pretty quiet for Seattle houseboats sales, so it was no surprise to see that August was slow again. The real surprise, though, was the whole new crop of Seattle floating homes listings that have come on the market.  We have some really cool choices right now which span into every price range.

The 2014 Seattle floating home tour was a success this year and definitely increased interest in this great community.  Add to the the Boats Afloat show this weekend and I would say life on Lake Union is about as exciting as it can be aside from The Fourth Of July! If you are entering the Seattle houseboats world or already a houseboat buyer candidate, then this is truly your time to buy.  Seattle houseboats sellers are motivated because the inventory increase has added competition for the sale of their home.  Buyers are able to pick up some great floating homes right now.

So here are the Seattle houseboats that have sold in the floating home world (both on market and off market that I know about):

seattle houseboats for sale1. Sleepless in Seattle:  All the buzz is about Sleepless.  The house where Tom Hanks resided in while Meg Ryan chased after him in the original stalker movie – before stalking was actually even a thing besides in National Geographic and horror flicks… The Sleepless in Seattle houseboat has an amazing main level and a very dated upper level which I am sure the new owner will remedy.  It has one of the largest floats on the lake and also one of the largest moorage spaces on Lake Union if you have a boat you want to tie up to your house. It is definitely worth the over two million paid for it.  Molly and I almost sold it a couple times in the last year or so for over two million so we weren’t surprised. I knew it had been sold a couple months ago and put it here in my blog, but was politely asked to not report it yet.  The secret is out.  It is sold. Over two million dollars and a great deal in my opinion for one of the Duck Tour’s favorite shout outs on Lake Union.

2. Two floating homes on the 2025 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation dock also closed in the last 30 days. Slip M was a 625 square foot 1 bedroom and 1 bath houseboat built in 1930.  It was listed for $495,000 and after 428 days on market sold for 93.54% of its list price at $420,000.  Also on that dock was slip H – South facing 900 square foot floating home built in 1917, but updated.  Molly and I listed this one for $725,000 and it sold for full price 34 days later.

Seattle Houseboats Pending in Escrow – The Big news on the Lake and I mean big as in expensive and beautiful and amazing is that the Fairview Landing (2369 Fairview Ave E) Seattle luxury floating home listed for $2,950,000 is pending in escrow.  This is a lovely modern concrete dock with beautiful Seattle luxury floating homes and although this particular floating home is on the North side, the neighbors are amazing and so is the house. It’s a big sale on the lake and happy for the new buyers to have gotten on to this phenomenal gated dock.

What’s for sale now in the Seattle floating home world?seattle houseboats

Seattle houseboats for sale are in all price ranges right now – ranging from an unheard of low in Eastlake houseboats for $365,000 (1 bedroom on Tenas Chuck dock) to Roanoke Reef at $1,890,000.  We love the Tenas Chuck floating home for someone wanting to get on to the lake.

We also love 2017 Fairview Ave , Slip O – 2 bedroom home on a great dock for $617,000!  This one is so cute and appeals to many.  Good choice on one of the most well run coops on the lake. As far as the nicer homes go, we really love the house in Westlake listed for $1,299,000 at 2466 Westlake Ave N, Slip 7. You can have a FORTY FOOT BOAT tied up to your house there and it has been absolutely loved by its current owners.

seattle houseboatsAdditional reading about these Seattle houseboats:

Summary Of Seattle Houseboats

Seattle Houseboats Market Update Details

Please call or email me or Molly if you want to see anything listed on the lake  – or unlisted 🙂  We can show you any home listed by any broker and look forward to showing you some of our favorite spots on the lake. Molly Cartwright  206.841.6800  Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841

 

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

OK – So Basically You Have Three Choices…

Seattle Houseboats market staying afloat…

We know of a few Seattle floating homes that have sold recently off market including a front row Roanoke Reef floating home …  Molly and I also know of at least two others about to hit the market so stay tuned, but if you are interested in looking at Seattle houseboats right now, you have three choices.

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Molly and I recommend this 950 square foot Seattle floating home with a rooftop deck.  It is listed for $499,950.  Here are the remarks from the MLS listing for this Eastlake houseboat:

This is a great opportunity to live life afloat and own your own moorage and great well run co-op dock! Extremely stylish floating home has a beautiful owner’s suite perched on the second floor. Nice open floor plan, kitchen with stainless steel appliances opening up to a casual great room. Fun decks and spaces, plus a roof top deck!

The other two choices are within the same Log Foundation co-op dock.  There is an adorable one on the same dock listed at $449,000 and then a couple docks South but still within the Log Foundation is an end of dock Seattle floating home still located in the Log Foundation and listed for $2,888,000.  It is on the most southern Seattle floating home dock in Eastlake so imagine the Seattle skyline views you have from there! It is supreme.

There is one other “on market” option and that is the very last homesite available at Wards’s Cove.  Ward’s Cove is the newest Seattle floating home dock and 11 out of the 12 slips have sold. It was listed for $630,000, but is currently under $600,000.  Ward’s Cove offers many amenities and some well designed floating home plan options, PLUS it is fee simple ownership.  This is RARE.  Another rare perk?  Parking!

Please let myself or Molly know if you are interested in any of these or if you would like to see something else we may have upcoming…  206.850.8841 or 206.841.6800 courtney@cooperjacobs.com or molly@cooperjacobs.com

TRIPLE Cooper Jacobs Seattle Floating Homes Open House Bonanza!

Tomorrow, Sunday, August 4th:  THREE exclusive Seattle floating homes will be open at one time for a giant open house event!Seattle floating homes

Here’s where we will be in Seattle’s hip waterfront neighborhood of Eastlake on Lake Union tomorrow:

2031 Fairview Ave E, Houseboat #G:  I will be there form 12 to 3PM tomorrow and look forward to showing you this one of a kind and expansive 2 bedroom with HUGE views.  Just wander down to the end of the Lake Union dock at 2031 Fairview Ave E and enjoy all that this one has to offer. $1,188,000

2031 Fairview Ave E, Houseboat #P:  Floating home Realtor extraordinaire Molly Cartwright will be hosting at this lovely Seattle floating home from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on the same dock as me!  Very cool and hip houseboat with beautiful finish work and an amazing floor plan.  $825,000

Seattle floating homes2207 Fairview Ave E, Houseboat #8:  Come say hello to Cooper Jacobs Realtors from 1:00 to 4:00 at this amazing and Eco-friendly floating home.  $799,000

Go ahead and browse Seattle floating homes for sale in the mean time on our corporate page, but look for the Cooper Jacobs Real Estate and Seattle Afloat signs tomorrow!

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