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Seattle Floating Homes Market:  Welcome Home To The Log Foundation

Looking for Seattle houseboats living? The Log Foundation’s Seattle floating home at 2025 Fairview Ave E #Q, thoughtfully designed by local architect, this waterfront living dream has huge upwards investment potential.  Come aboard this very special Eastlake floating home to enjoy a slice of nature and art.

Light, bright and a beautiful upscale kitchen with more than ample storage. A cleverly designed built in kitchen table to maximize space. Two bay windows to relax and day dream in the living room. Master en suite on upper level with flexible room for office or upper den.  My favorite part of this is the wide open channel views out of the bedroom corner.

Enjoy your private south facing balcony to soak up the west facing sun. A few more steps up to enjoy the amazing roof top views. Moor your boat or water toys. Wonderful neighbors & great co-op dock! Low dues!   $750,000

Call or text us to see it as it won’t last long at this price.  Want to look at a property that actually pencils out as an investment?  Let us know and we will show you how the numbers work on this one and others.

Seattle floating homes experts: Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841/ Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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

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

2420 Westlake Avenue North #8
Seattle, Washington 98109

The FLOAT

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

Length: 37.4ft  Width:  30.8 ft

Water Depth:  45ft with no obstructions.

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

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

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

HOME

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

Seattle floating homesFrom Our Lovely Seattle Floating Home Sellers:

Things We Love About Living Here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seattle Houseboats Floating Home Market Is Heating Up In July!

Looking for your perfect Seattle floating home to live the most amazing lifestyle in this city?seattle floating homes realtors

The Seattle houseboats market is finally heating up and inventory has loosened up enough that buyers are having choices, but at the same time these Seattle floating homes for sale that are on the market are getting more serious looks.  Let’s look at what’s going on.  There are nine Seattle floating homes on the market ranging in price from $850,000 to $3,499,000. The median price for the current offerings is $1,795,000 so there is definitely a shortage of the lower to medium end floating homes for sale.  In fact the only floating home for sale on Lake Union currently that is under a million dollars is not in an owned slip. All other eight floating homes for sale are in a condo or co-op dock and have secured moorage ownership. Five of the nine floating homes for sale are in Eastlake and on Fairview Ave E.  The remaining listings are in Lake Union’s Eastern arm, Portage Bay,  which has become a hot commodity in recent years.

Featured Seattle Floating Homes For Sale: 

Molly Cartwright and I are full service Seattle floating homes specialists.  We can help you navigate the process of purchasing a floating home and help educate you on all the ins and outs of them.  We are happy to show you these and others on the market – no matter who they are listed with. We also have our finger on the pulse and know what’s coming on the market.  I live and work in this community and I love it.  I am a Floating Homes Association board member and give back. Call Molly or me and we can show you our favorites: 206-841-6800.

2017 Fairview Ave E #N:  2 Bedrooms, 1.5 bath $1,795,000seattle floating homes

Step aboard your newly remodeled floating home in Eastlake. Gorgeous kitchen includes granite counter tops, new cabinets, under counter refrigerator, and warm your toes on the heated Travertine floors. Or opt to use your outdoor grill while soaking up the sun and views. In the lower level, a comfortable master bedroom with ample closets, a cozy fireplace, and access to the lake from your deck. Second bedroom plus bonus room. Walk to Serafina, SLU, Essential Bakery, Pete’s Market.

3146 Portage Bay Pl E #G: 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths $1,999,000seattle floating homes

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.

2822 Boyer Ave E #2: 3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths $2,350,000Seattle floating homes

Luxury high end 3 BR smart home floating paradise w/ rooftop deck. Automated lighting, Lutron shades, sec cams, 10-zone audio, more w/ touch pad controls throughout house & remote access. Decks on 3 levels. Exotic zebra hrdwd, Pedini Italian cabinets, underlit glass molded cast glass staircase + 6 antique operable brass portholes frm an English luxury liner. Upscale kitchen w/ Bosch and Gagganau + outside Lynx BBQ cooking area. Solar powered boat lift. Parking, Moorage, Low Dues,Great location!

 

We look forward to hearing from you soon!   – Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 courtney@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 Floating Homes: 2420 Westlake Ave N #13 Just Listed

Life Afloat In Seattle in the Gorgeous Enclave of Westlake

Westlake floating homes for sale on Lake Union

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

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

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

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

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

Features of this home

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

Additional Informationseattle houseboats

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

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

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Equity Alert: Eastlake Floating Home For Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 2016 Lake Union Floating Homes Real Estate Market

seattle floating homesSeattle Houseboats:  The Current July 2016 Lake Union Floating Homes Real Estate Market Update

There are just four Seattle floating homes for sale currently – two are Eastlake floating homes (one on the Log Foundation dock and one on Wards Cove) and two of the Portage Bay floating homes including one on the sought after Shelby Dock (THREE recent sales there!) and an end of dock beauty on the Boyer On The Bay dock.  Lots going on in the Seattle Houseboats world for sales pending and closings as a result! Current prices for the available Seattle floating homes start at $675,000 and go to $3,200,000 for the luxury beauty on the state of the art Wards Cove dock.

Seattle Floating Homes Pending in Escrow:  There are three pending Seattle floating homes for sale – all in Eastlake – including our cool Tenas Chuck listing and one we sold on The Lake Union dock (price range of these is $650,000 to $959,000). There is a cutie Portage Bay floating home that is Pending Inspection at a list price of $475,000.

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SIX Seattle floating homes have closed in escrow in the last couple of months!

1213 E Shelby St #7 1 bedroom 1 bath built in 1997 was listed for $725,000 , dropped their price to $695,000 and then had a final sales price of $675,000 (97.12% of list price).  It closed 7/6/2016.

1213 E Shelby St #12 1 bedroom 1 bath 840 square feet built in 1995 sold on 6/30/2016 after 37 days on the market.  It was listed for $798,000 and sold for $725,000 (90.85% of list).

2019 Fairview Ave E #N 2 bedroom 1 bath built in 1976 and affectionately known as the Hobbit house sold on 6/20/16 for $770,000 which was 98.09% of it’s $785,000 list price after 68 days on the market.

2219 Fairview Ave E #2 2 bedroom 1.5 bath built in 1974 listed for $950,000 and sold for full asking price after 80 days on the market.

2339 Fairview Ave E #N This was an amazing sale. 1 bedroom 1 bath 1367 square feet was listed for $1,795,000 and sold after 6 days on the market for $2,000,000 (111.42% of list price!!!).  That is $1,463.06/ sq ft and it isn’t an end of dock home!

1213 E Shelby St #6 – We sold it! Listed for $700,000 and closed this last Friday for full price.  1 bedroom 1 bath 777 square feet with beautiful scenic views. This historic 1930 home is about to get a beautiful makeover and we are thrilled.

Seattle Floating Homes Tour 2016

Gearing UP – Molly and I are gearing up for the biannual Seattle Floating homes Tour.  We volunteer our time and money to this incredible community cause.  We live and work here and this is extremely important to us! Tickets go on sale soon! Please let us know if you are interested in:

  • Learning more about this iconic Seattle waterfront lifestyle
  • Need to learn how to buy or sell your Seattle floating home
  • Are interested in getting a price range for your home
  • Want to see all Seattle floating homes listings

We look forward to hearing from you! Molly: 206-841-6800/Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Eastlake Floating Home Offers Perfect Place To Enjoy Seattle Waterfront Living

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

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

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

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

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

Live The Lake Union Dream In Eastlake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seattle Afloat ®

 

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale: Just Listed

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

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

Seattle floating homes2207 Fairview Ave E #11

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

During the last six month remodel:

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

Additional Information on this Seattle Floating Home For Sale:

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

Want to see it?

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800
Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your Seattle waterfront homes or Seattle floating homes questions.  If you prefer, you can also email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com.
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Seattle Floating Homes Market Report Nov 2015

Seattle floating homesSeattle Floating Homes Real Estate Market Report

Seattle Floating Homes November 2015: Catching up with Life Afloat on Lake Union, Seattle floating homes are still in high demand and Seattle Houseboat Living is very popular.  In the last 60 days, three of these Seattle houseboats have closed in escrow through the MLS, although we also know of a couple private floating home sales if you interested in learning more about those or others.

Seattle Floating Homes that have closed in escrow:

2019 Fairview Ave E #D

This Seattle floating home is Seattle floating homes for salelocated on the middle dock of The Log Foundation cooperative which has three docks. It is an extremely well run coop and houseboats on these lovely docks are always sought after.  The Log Foundation floating homes are located on the southern most docks in the Seattle neighborhood of Eastlake.  This particular Seattle floating home was represented by Molly Cartwright at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate and was south facing on the middle dock. It is a two bedroom and 1 bath Lake Union floating home with 1300 square feet of living space. It closed on 10/13/15 for $677,500.  (You can reach Molly at 206-841-6800 for more info on this or other Seattle floating homes that are available both on and off market.)

2207 Fairview Ave E #12

This amazing Seattle floating home is located on the Flo Villa dock. Flo Villa is a beautiful dock with a willow tree on it. It is further north than The Log Foundation dock and the floating homes on it are well maintained.  This houseboat was the ultimate in Seattle Waterfront Living. Built in 1994, it has two bedrooms and 1.5 baths plus 1550 square feet of living space. It closed on 10/7/2015 for $1,150,000

2600 Fairview Ave E #7

Welcome home to Mallard Cove floating homes.  Mallard Cove is one of the Seattle luxury floating homes docks.  Most of the floating homes on this dock have been updated and seem more modern than they are.  The dock is always at the top of houseboat buyer lists. This 2000 square foot home was built in 1978 and has two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It closed in escrow on 10/30/2015 for $1,350,000.

Wards Cove RooftopPending Seattle Floating Homes For Sale:

There are two Pending in escrow Seattle floating homes right now as well.  The price range on these is between $499,000 and $925,000.

Active Seattle Floating Homes For Sale:  Just one at Wards Cove. Price? $3,295,000 43 days on market.

Additional information: Here are the details for the sold Seattle Floating Homes on Lake Union as well as an overall market report.

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Please let us know if you have any questions at all or if you would like more information about Seattle Houseboat Living.  We are happy to share and look forward to speaking with you whether you are a buyer or seller.Seattle Afloat Houseboats

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

 

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Seattle Houseboats For Sale: Just SOLD

Seattle Houseboats For Sale:  Just SOLD in Eastlake!Seattle houseboats for sale

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Seattle Houseboats Just Sold: Let’s look at 2019 Fairview Ave E in Lake Union’s Eastlake neighborhood

This particular Seattle floating home has a special place in our hearts due to its sentimental background.  Though not as famous as its Sleepless in Seattle cousin across Lake Union, this Seattle houseboat is perhaps just as iconic! Located on one of Eastlake’s longest running and most organized cooperative dock, The Log Foundation,  this 1930 floating home has had lots and lots of action – even as it was moored in one place and not moving.  It was owned by a very longtime  and loved Seattle houseboats resident and the home was practically a floating dance hall in its day. We have recently nicknamed the home “Art” after its previous owner and look forward to seeing the new owners enjoy it as much as he reportedly did. There are lots of stories across the lake about the parties that almost always broke out into full on dance soirees and you can tell just by walking into this houseboat that it has had a happy life.  We are so thrilled to see it have a loving new chapter.

seattle houseboats officeA little more about this special home…..

So back to the sale itself – Seattle houseboats for sale always are exciting, but closing one is also a cause for celebration. Congratulations to Molly and LeAnne for doing such a great job getting it sold. It closed in escrow on 10/13/2015 at a final sales price of $677,500.  The floating home has two bedrooms and is 1300 square feet. It has a rather large float for its size and great dock position.  It also is well oriented to the lake which is something you don’t always get. Moorage for a recreational boat is possible alongside the home with the permission of the co-op.  It also had extra spaces which could function as an office or another nonconforming bedroom.  The home is all one level and has the most charming curved ceilings.  I was always very taken in with the large open living space and the beautiful spaces throughout. It  never felt like a two bedroom home – more like a home with all kinds of possibilities in every corner. As I write this, I personally regret not buying it myself – such a wonderful place with great energy, but alas, there will be other Seattle houseboats for sale and each one is unique and special.


Please call us if you are interested in learning more about Seattle houseboats for sale – We look forward to helping you buy or sell your next Seattle houseboat, whether it is a Seattle floating home, a house barge, or a floating on-water residence.  We are excited to help you learn about the lovely Lake Union as well as Seattle Houseboat Living℠.

Molly or Courtney 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 | houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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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
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August 2015 Seattle Floating Homes Realtors Market Update

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Call/Text Molly 206-841-6800

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

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800
Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your questions or email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com
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Seattle Houseboats For Sale: 2019 Fairview Ave E Slip D

Seattle Houseboats On The Market:

Just Listed:  2019 Fairview Ave E

 

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For more info or your private showing:

Call/Text Molly Cartwright  206-841-6800

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

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

More info about this great  Eastlake Seattle floating home: 

Seattle houseboats with views of Lake Union2019 Fairview Ave E

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

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

Seattle Houseboats In The MLS Again Soon

Houseboats For Sale In Seattle Soon To Be listed In The NWMLS Again

If you have been looking at Seattle houseboats for sale, then you know that some are in the MLS and some are not. As of July 24th, the NWMLS will be having more than before listed under style 24.  Here is the latest according to the email I just received from the MLS:

As you probably know, effective July 24th, RCW 18.85 will be revised to allow real estate brokers to list and sell a “floating on-water residence, as defined in RCW 90.58.270.”  In addition, RCW 88.02 will be revised to allow real estate brokers to list and sell floating on-water residences without being licensed as a vessel dealer.

 RCW 90.58.270(6)(d) defines a floating on-water residence as “any floating structure other than a floating home, as defined under subsection (5) of this section, that: (i) Is designed or used primarily as a residence on the water and has detachable utilities; and (ii) whose owner or primary occupant has held an ownership interest in space in a marina, or has held a lease or sublease to use space in a marina, since a date prior to July 1, 2014.”

 On July 24th, NWMLS will revise Style Code 24 from “Floating Home” to “Floating Home/On-Water RES.” The revision will automatically update the style code on floating home listings and doesn’t require any action from the listing broker.

 Like with other listings, NWMLS will rely upon the listing firm to determine if a certain property is eligible to be listed.  We will address questions/complaints with listings on a case-by-case basis.

 The City of Seattle has a verification process for floating on-water residences.  You can note in the listing that property has been verified by the City as a floating on-water residence or upload the verification as an attached document to the listing.  You may want to do this so that other brokers know that the property has been verified by the City, however, the verification is not required by NWMLS.

If you are interested in learning more, then please do visit our Seattle Floating On-Water Residences page for additional information.  Call/Text Molly or myself if you have questions or are interested in looking at Seattle houseboats for sale currently – on or off the MLS.  206-841-6800 or email houseboats@CooperJacobs.com

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Seattle Houseboats History Resource

Curious about Seattle houseboats and their history on Lake Union?seattle houseboats

You have to go back over a hundred years and look beyond Lake Union to see the roots of Seattle houseboats.  Beth Means and Bill Keasler  wrote a great piece about Seattle houseboats history on The Seattle Floating Homes Association website.  Seattle Floating homes have played a significant part in shaping the city’s history and landscape.  We at Seattle Afloat have a whole category on this site dedicated to it: Seattle houseboats history on Seattle Afloat.

There is also a great spot to see amazing pictures and get more information on HistoryLink where the site describes various houseboats around Seattle and their origins:

“Some of these communities — especially those off the Madison Park and Leschi neighborhoods on Lake Washington —  were formed by the well-to-do who enjoyed summering aboard their fancy abodes. Others — along the Elliott Bay waterfront, the Duwamish River, Harbor Island, Salmon Bay, Lake Union, Portage Bay, and Union Bay — were mainly inhabited by workers struggling to stay financially afloat.. “

Howard Droker wrote the fascinating book Seattle’s Unsinkable Houseboats in 1977 and there is a great video about Seattle houseboats featuring him on the http://www.lakeunionhistory.org/ website.  I have embedded it here because it is worth a watch:


Vannessa Ho at the Seattle PI wrote an interesting piece about Seattle houseboats  – it was a cool slide show of houseboats then and now.  Here is a link to that slideshow: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/slideshow/Seattle-houseboats-Then-and-now-64448.php

seattle houseboatsIf you are curious about Seattle houseboats and interested in purchasing a Seattle floating home, then please let us know.  These are special homes and the ultimate in Seattle waterfront living.  You should work with real estate agents who understand the ins and outs of Seattle houseboats.  Molly and I understand all of the unique intricacies of the Seattle floating home world and we are happy to help you.  We can also help you with the various FSBO floating homes available across the lake.

You can reach Molly at 206-841-6800 or Molly@CooperJacobs.com or me at 206-850-8841 or Courtney@cooperjacobs.com

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Seattle Houseboats Happenings: Lake Union Ramblings

seattle floating homesA few random Lake Union thoughts –  Would love to hear some of your thoughts, too….

Seattle Floating Homes Association Website – One word: Gorgeous.  The updated Floating Homes Association website is fresh and beautiful.. I am jealous I didn’t make it myself.  Love it.  Kudos! You can see it here: www.seattlefloatinghomes.org Jann, I know you had a hand in that and it’s amazing!  You can see all the newsletters, updates, tour info, etc.  I particularly am fond of the Seattle houseboats history page.

Reality TV and Seattle houseboats.  It’s been overdone already. Have you watched  those shows on HGTV and other channels?  Molly and I get phone calls almost every other week from producers hoping to film the next reality TV show featuring  Seattle houseboats and us.  They ask us to be on these shows, but we say NO.  We STRONGLY believe that protecting the Seattle houseboat community’s privacy is far more important than cheap fame for ourselves.  We appreciate all that the Seattle floating home community has given to us and we would never ever cross what we feel is a strong trust boundary.

FSBO Seattle floating homes – dining room 2Word on the docks is lots of private sales going on.  Last night it was the talk of the Seattle Floating Homes Association meeting.  Molly verified it with Krista Todd at Sound Community and I verified it with Phil Miller who is a local legend and closes most of the floating homes in escrow.  Of course being real estate agents, we are partial to the idea of listing your home in the NWMLS (with Cooper Jacobs Real Estate preferably), but putting that aside, why aren’t you listing your floating home with a Realtor (please also make sure they are actual dues paying Realtors who abide by a code of ethics)? The Realtor’s commissions aren’t that high in comparison with how much more money the open real estate market would bring you in the form of a higher sales price.  I know news travels fast on the docks when someone is ready to sell, but even that can’t compare to the global exposure the MLS and the internet offer. I would love to hear some feedback on this.   Many FSBO buyers have the false misconception that if they go around the listing agent then they will be able to get the home for a discount to the tune of that full listing broker and selling broker commission.  That simply isn’t true.  While the seller may be willing to give you somewhat of a discount, in most cases they will more likely want to pocket the savings of not listing it themselves.  Any discount you could have gotten would easily be beaten by a skilled real estate agent in a negotiation.

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That’s it for now – as always, thank you for your business.  Molly and I love serving this community and look forward to doing it for a long time.  please email us or call us if you need anything at all  – Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800  Molly@CooperJacobs.com  Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841  Courtney@CooperJacobs.com  We are Seattle Houseboats Realtors.

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Seattle Houseboats: Annie “O” Is In The House

Seattle Houseboats for sale: this ONESeattle Houseboats: Enduring Over 100 Years And Still Floating.  This particular one hasn’t been around quite that long, but long enough for it to be a site!

 Yes.  It floats.

Seattle houseboats have been afloat for over one hundred years now.  It all started when a few resourceful and down on their luck people decided to basically start tying loose logs up and forming rafts. A little time before 1909 Seattle came up with an ingenious way to raise money for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. This world’s fair eventually shaped the campus of The University Of Washington! And it was financed largely by the beginnings of Seattle houseboats:

Over one hundred years ago 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.  It was quite a popular and thrifty idea!  The city now regulates them heavily and as a result of this regulation, Seattle houseboats have dwindled down considerably  from well over two thousand Seattle houseboats at one time to just around five hundred or so of the floating home variety. They are scattered throughout Lake Union and in Portage Bay.

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The Seattle houseboats market has had a dwindling inventory and we are down to just a couple options right now in the floating homes world. This particular home is my favorite.  “Annie O” is her nick name.  She is houseboat “O” because the slips on the dock are lettered according to the alphabet, but I like her nick name personally.  She is a jewel and is priced perfectly at $599,000.  Two bedrooms are not always easy to come by in the land of Seattle houseboats, but this is a beautiful two bedroom and it has been lovingly restored by the famous Sid McFarland and also upgraded and improved by its current owner who has a real artist’s eye.  If this doesn’t make you want to go buy a boat or a kayak to tie up to it, then that is okay because there is lots to do in this community.  Annie O happens to be on one of the very best docks in one of the very best co-ops on Lake Union.  You will own the slip you and your home are in so there is security of knowing that this log pack is not going anywhere.  Let us know if you would like more information on this perfect little Lake Union gem!  Molly: 206.841.6800 or Courtney 206.850.8841  Please call or text for more info. 

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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: 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!

Seattle houseboats

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 Floating Home in Westlake Just Listed

 Seattle Floating Homes For Sale: Westlake

Molly and I just listed this really unique and spectacular Seattle floating home in Westlake.  If you have been looking at Seattle houseboats, then you might want to jump on this one right away. It is filled with exciting and interesting spaces at every corner and promises to make you fall in love. Seattle houseboats

 

Here are the MLS listing remarks for this Westlake houseboat:

 

Featured on the Seattle Floating Homes Tour, this home has been obviously adored by the current owners! Thoughtful care in every detail as it has evolved over their 30+ years of prideful ownership: Stainless & granite in kitchen, outdoor spaces, an abundance of storage everywhere, one of a kind stained glass, portholes, work shop, green house, & an actual hot tub in the bathroom make you feel like you have stepped into another world! One of the largest floats on lake + moorage for a 40 ft boat!

 

There is no sign and there will be no open houses so this is an exclusive peek – please let us know if you would like to get in and see this floating home – it has one of the largest floats of all Seattle floating homes on the lake and has some extremely interesting and exciting spaces. $1,299,000

 

You can find more info on this one here: 2466 Westlake Ave N or get in touch with me or Molly:

 

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 (call/text) Molly@CooperJacobs.com

Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 (call/text) Courtney@CooperJacobs.com

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Seattle Houseboats Real Estate Market: Welcome To Summer 2014

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale Real Estate Market Summer 2014  Update:

In the last 30 days, the Seattle houseboats inventory has changed so drastically that is is worth doing a market update for the summer of 2014 Lake Union waterfront season.

Active Seattle Houseboats for sale NOW:  Currently, there are 9 Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS. The range in listing price ($549,950 for a floating home in Fremont to $2,950,000 for one of the luxury Fairview Landing  floating homes) is quite great and there is a Seattle houseboat for sale now for every type of buyer need. The average days on market is 26 days with a range of 10 for one of the Mallard Cove floating homes to 65 days for one of the Roanoke Reef floating homes.  Square footage on these range from 600 square feet to 2150 with an average of 1275.  The average dollar per square foot for these Seattle hosueboats is $918.52, but dock position and amenities such as a roof top deck or boat moorage will affect the price of all floating homes.

Seattle houseboatsOur favorite of all the Seattle houseboats for sale right now is 2017 Fairview Ave E #O. This Eastlake floating home is moored on one of the most well run coops on Lake Union and this dock happens to be the furthest South in Eastlake making it  extremely desirable.  It is a 2 bedroom with a wide channel and room for your water toys. This beautiful home has been updated with great taste and is a turn key easy investment. Freshly painted and ready for another owner to love it as much as the current one does. It is listed at $675,000 and we would be happy to show it to you or any of the other Seattle houseboats on the market currently. Molly and I know the inventory and love this community. As your Brokers, we work together and would be happy to help guide you through the process of purchasing a Seattle floating home or just answer any questions you may have.

SEattle houseboatsPending Seattle houseboats:  Seattle floating homes in escrow waiting to close…. There are two Seattle floating homes for sale that are currently pending in the MLS.  Theses Seattle houseboats are both on the same dock in the Log Foundation Coop located at 2025 Fairview Ave E. The list prices range from $449,000 to $725,000.  We actually listed the higher priced of the two and it sold in a little over a month and will close in a couple weeks.

SOLD Seattle Houseboats:  In the last 30 days, there have been 6 Seattle floating homes sold according to what has been reported in the MLS. These range in final sales price from $251,000 to $875,000. Molly and I sold or listed half of these Seattle houseboats – three of the six! We have a list of buyers that we are always trying to place into floating homes either before or after they come on the market. The average days on market for these sold Seattle floating homes is 33 days. The median price is $727,000 and these floating homes were in Eastlake, Westlake, and Portage Bay.seattle houseboats
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 Brand New Listing!

Seattle houseboats moving fast – Life Afloat on Lake Union floating homes

UPDATE: THIS SEATTLE FLOATING HOME IS SOLD

Molly and I have four Seattle floating homes in escrow right now and there are a few others beyond that which are pending in the MLS.  The inventory has depleted itself again so _MG_6391_2_3_4ToneMapDE_130625bringing this gorgeous Seattle houseboat on is really exciting for us!

OPEN HOUSES:   Molly has this houseboat open today from 11-1PM to 1PM and then again on Saturday from 1-4PM.  In the mean time let us know if you would like a private showing.  Molly@Cooperacobs.com

$695,000

Introducing 2017 Fairview Ave E #O

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 700 square feet
  • $345/mo dues

From the listing of this Seattle floating home:

Welcome to life afloat on the extremely desirable and most southern dock in Eastlake! This adorable two bedroom floating home has a wrap around deck and wide channel views. Open floor plan with beautiful and bright lighted spaces allows for comfortable living and easy entertaining in this great community. Kitchen is updated and has heated floors, new carpet, paint, and lots of great details. Own your own slip and boat moorage possible with community approval. Pet friendly dock.

Molly Cartwright 206.841.6800 Molly@CooperJacobs.com or

Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841 Courtney@CooperJacobs.com

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

Molly and I are calling it.

Seattle Houseboats

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.

Brand New Seattle Houseboats Listing!

Welcome to Life Afloat on Lake Union!

Seattle houseboats for saleThe Seattle Floating Homes Market In General: If you have been watching the Seattle houseboats market at all, then you know that there have not been a lot to choose from as of late.  Seattle floating homes have trickled onto the market very slowly and many have sold off market as demand increases. It is our pleasure to introduce this gem into the mix as it is a great spot to call home in Seattle!

2025 Fairview Ave E #H

Rare second from the end South facing Lake Union floating home in Eastlake with incredible features. Great interior spaces, French Doors to the back deck which opens up to a large channel and easy Lake action.

Enjoy relaxing in your “backyard” on your grandfathered in accessory float, plus there is space to put your own small boat alongside. Coveted Co-Op Owned Lake Union Moorage Slip and a well maintained floating home all on one of the most well run docks in the city.  This is truly an opportunity and it isnt often that these come up so close to the end of the dock. $725,000

Some of the basics on this Seattle floating home for sale:

  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bath
  • 900 Square Feet
  • Large decks and storage areas
  • Owned Moorage
  • Accessory Float is “grandfathered in”
  • Room for a boat along side
  • Room for expansion

Although it is almost always more expensive dollar per square foot to purchase a Seattle houseboat, the low dues and low taxes make this home more affordable than a land home overall. They are quite a unique way to live in the city and Molly or I would be happy to tell you about it. Let us know, please, if you are interested in seeing this Seattle floating home or other Seattle houseboats for sale. We are happy to show you our favorites and walk you through the steps of purchasing one.

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

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


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

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?

2143 North Northlake Way #18

2143 North Northlake Way

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

 

 

 

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