Owned moorage for the house which is more secure than leased. Dues are extremely LOW. Taxes and insurance are ridiculously low, too. Make an offer!
Besides rain, snow, and dull darkness? A touch of sun here and a glimpse of blue sky there. The current Seattle houseboats market is stirring up as we trudge through Winter and many are starting to think about getting their floating homes and houseboats ready for the Spring 2011 market.
So, Current Seattle Houseboats Market – What is Happening Out There with floating homes on Lake Union and in Portage Bay?
It is hard to weed through the actual Seattle floating homes in the NWMLS right now. The code for them is 24-Houseboats, but that code is also used for houseboats that are vessels and more recently has been used for Lake Union moorage sites at Ward’s Cove. In addition, there is a land home also mixed in with the houseboats because it is at the head of the dock… This can all be confusing for the consumer, so I have gone through and weeded through all the houseboat listings and pulled the Seattle floating homes from them.
There are only 6 Seattle floating homes for sale right now – 3 in Westlake, 3 in Eastlake, and no Portage Bay floating homes. If your houseboat is on the market, then that is good news for you because competition is low. Interested buyers in floating homes have increased in the last two weeks noticeably for us. This is getting the current Seattle houseboats for sale a lot more attention than in the previous holiday months.
Westlake houseboats for sale – There are three Seattle houseboats for sale in Westlake Cove right now. They range in price from $299,000 to $850,000. Westlake Cove is near the Fremont Bridge and on the Lake Union Loop with very easy parking and quick access Downtown – a perfect spot for Amazon employees or anyone coming to work at The Gates Foundation.
Eastlake Houseboats for sale – Also on the Lake Union Loop, there are also three Seattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake. These range in price from $495,000 for a Seattle floating home on a leased dock to $3,450,000 for a contemporary wonder on the Fairview Landings dock.
Summary Seattle Houseboats data on actives– Seattle floating homes for sale range from $299,000 to $3,450,000 with an average of $1,020,494 and median list price of $562,475.
Pending Sales – There is one floating home on one of the Sleepless In Seattle docks that is pending at $975,000.
Last 30 days of escrow closings – Winter has been slow. Over at Lee’s Mooring – 933 N Northlake Way Houseboat #14 closed on 1/12/2011. It was listed for $799,950 and on the market for 249 days. It sold for 90.88% of its list price with a final sales price of $727,000.
If you are a Seattle houseboat buyer, come out and see the inventory. If you have seen them before, come see them again. Sellers are willing to negotiate and your best opportunity is now before the market heats up.
If you are a Seattle houseboat seller, the inventory is low and that means competition is low. There are less buyers, but you can be sure to get in front of them. As Spring approaches, think about what improvements or sprucing up you can do to get your houseboat ready for the market.
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Seattle Houseboats Real Estate Market Update
There are pretty amazing choices right now and there are some once in a lifetime opportunities available as far as properties, price, location, and more. In all, there are 13 Seattle floating homes for sale that are currently marked as Active listings in the Seattle MLS. In addition to those, there is also a once in a lifetime custom houseboat at 11 E Allison and Lake Union floating home moorage at Ward’s Cove.
Westlake & Northlake Floating Homes For Sale:
There are five Seattle floating homes in Westlake & Northlake for sale right now in the MLS which range in price from $325,000 to $975,000. The most affordable of these is priced at $325,000 for a charming 100 year old historic houseboat which also happens to be a bargain condo alternative for anyone thinking about moving to Seattle or South Lake Union. Another great Westlake houseboat is priced at $450,000 and offers two bedrooms, a sauna, available Lake Union moorage for up to 20 feet and one of the bigger decks on the lake.
There are five Eastlake Houseboats for sale that are marked as Active in the MLS right now. These range in price from $$495,000 to $1,720,000 and include many choices on wonderful docks like The Log Foundation, Roanoke Reef, Willow Dock, and more (Look for great Seattle houseboats on these Eastlake docks during the upcoming Seattle Floating Homes Tour).
A nice houseboat option which has lots of space and excellent upgrades is the 1930’s 2 bedroom home on the Willow Dock.
This dock is a co-op which means your moorage is owned not leased. It is a nice dock and has extras like gas plumbed. This Eastlake floating home has a gas fireplace and cooking which is pretty special. It also is two bedrooms plus a sleeping loft, a roof top deck, and remodeled bath. There are hardwood and slate floors, and it is bestowed with a Lake Union moorage slip for a companion boat! You can see it if you are coming to the Seattle Floating Homes Association Tour because it will be open in addition to others on tour and is on the same dock as another houseboat on tour. It is priced at $595,000 and dues/taxes are LOW.
Portage Bay Floating Homes For Sale:
There are two Portage Bay floating homes for sale marked as Active in the MLS right now – these range from $715,000 to $795,000. Portage Bay offers some nice amenities and is a little quieter than Eastlake, but just a hop over the hill to all the action.
Recent Seattle Houseboat Real Estate Activity:
There are two Seattle floating homes that are marked as Pending Inspection in the MLS right now. One of these is on E Hamlin in Portage Bay and the other is on The Dox dock in Eastlake. They are priced at $645,000 and $2,250,000.
Recent Houseboat MLS Sales Include 3 Seattle Floating Homes:
A Mallard Cove floating home listed for $1,250,000 sold on 7/15/2010 at $1,242,500 (99.4% SP /LP). A beautiful custom remodel sold on The Old Boathouse Dock in Westlake on 7/15/2010 – it was listed for $749,950 and sold at 98.67% of list for $740,ooo with multiple offers. A nice Lake Union floating home in Eastlake was listed for $749,000 and closed on 8/27/2010 after selling for 90.32% of list for $676,500.
Written By Courtney Cooper, Designated Broker of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services, Founder of SeattleAfloat.com.
We are proud sponsors and volunteers of this year’s Seattle Floating Homes Tour. Please call if you are interested in a Seattle houseboat – we are happy to walk you through the process and show you all the houseboats available – no matter who they are listed with! 206-850-8841 courtney@SeattleAfloat.com