Seattle Floating Homes Latest Market Blast

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We have been discovered! Again! Of course we all know that living in one of the 520 Seattle floating homes is the very coolest way to live! It seems that our community is more sought after than ever currently as we experience multiple offers and shorter market times. We do find that when inventory on land decreases, floating homes are a creative no brainer that a buyer may not have thought of before. This has been going on for years.

Breaking Records And Raising The Bar

Last year alone, we had an unprecedented amount of record breaking multi million dollar Seattle floating home sales – each one higher than the last. Molly and I represented Seattle floating home buyers and sellers in some of these and we are so pleased that our lake homes are rising in value, even breaking into the $4M price point in 2020!!! The highest Seattle floating home sale occurred in 2020 with an end of dock floating home on The Lake Union Dock in Eastlake. It closed off market and was a FSBO (for sale by owner) and closed at $4,500,000. No brokers represented either party in the sale of 2031 Fairview Ave E #H.

Molly and I always make sure to report even these off market sales in our updates because they are not in the MLS for the public to be able to use for a comp or verify facts. We will always represent them as accurately as possible and won’t take credit for sales we don’t make. It is possible to sell your floating home without a broker, though obviously I don’t advise it. We want you to have all the correct information when making a decision about listing your floating home. It’s an important decision to make.

Just in the last couple weeks alone, Molly and I have had two quick cash floating home closings, received THREE offers on our $2.1M Portage Bay floating home, and with our help, our buyer prevailed last night, too!!! We were able to secure a purchase for an adorable A-frame floating home in Eastlake on the Flo Villa dock. There were three other offers, but our buyer trusted our experience and market share on the lake and took our advice. We are so happy for our buyer and we adore helping people make their dreams come true.

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Sometimes we get called the “houseboat queens” and we laugh, but we are truly honored to have the incredible fortune of being able to serve this community. My community. I live on the lake and I love the lake. Molly and I work our tails off to do our very best and we are so thankful for you! At any given time we are prepping floating homes for the market, showing floating homes, writing offers, organizing marketing material, or coordinating other logistics for our buyers and sellers. We have a large network of trusted vendors to help us expertly guide you whether you are buying or selling. If you are new here, then we can’t wait to show you our community! If you are ready for new adventures then we look forward to helping you take full advantage of the incredible return on this investment. Call us, text us, email us. It’s an important decision, but we are here for you. 206-841-6800 – Thank you! Courtney & Molly

Just Listed In Eastlake

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We got some snow this week. BRRR! We will upload sunny pictures when they come in, too. This cozy Lake Union Seattle floating home was just perfect for hunkering down and loving living afloat. call/text Molly Cartwright to see it now – 206-841-6800

This sweet 600 square foot Seattle floating home in Eastlake is the perfect hide-away; be it rain, sun, or snow! Remodeled in 1999, this cutie is floating on old growth cedar logs on a quaint co-op dock. Double pane windows allow natural light in every direction. The wrap around deck has ample storage for bikes, paddle boards, and kayaks. There is also an outside storage cabinet. Cheery kitchen and cozy wood burning fireplace. Freshly painted interior allows you to create your own space. Whether you’re searching for your first home, looking to downsize, or just want an exciting lifestyle and change of pace – come see how your next adventure could mean owning a piece of Seattle’s iconic floating home community in a walkable, friendly neighborhood. $515/month dues cover water, sewer, garbage, and maintenance/insurance/taxes on the dock. $600,000

Would you like to see this floating home?

Contact Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright for more information. Please email us directly or call/text us to speak with one of us: houseboats@coopercartwright.com  Molly: 206-841-6800/Courtney 206-850-8841  We are Seattle waterfront and floating homes experts and here to help you

What’s For Sale On The Lake?

Seattle houseboats Grace

Seattle Houseboats Grace on Lake Union.

Seattle houseboats Grace – The first time I met Grace, I fell in love with her beautiful craftsmanship and beauty. No detail was left untouched in this home as one of the coolest of the newer builds Seattle houseboats for sale. Immediately taken with the combination of organic and upscale touches like the hand made wooden table/eating bar and clean white lines, Grace has lines with lasting appeal that perfectly marry the surrounding water. The beamed ceiling melts my heart and the sleek and shiny surfaces appeal to my need for order and beauty. Everything about Grace as this Seattle houseboat is appropriately names is well suited for living in perfect harmony with Lake Union. The clean white tiles and warm wood floors reflect the light off the water as it bounces around the home making you feel like you absolutely belong in this place.

Grace, you had me at this table. This is Grace. Newer build $535,000.
Beautiful finishes and warm wood floors in this beauty of Seattle houseboats.
Seattle houseboats Grace by Fullerstyle and SeattleAfloat
An artful combination of gleaming white and warm wood plus finishing touches like none other make up Grace.

FullerStyle created this remarkable beauty which sits on the water with perfect proportions. To know FullerStyle is to know Crissy and Jeremy Fuller, the geniuses behind the company. Jeremy’s preferred medium is wood and while he has an engineer’s mindset when it comes to hand building each of their modern houseboats from the ground up, he is a true artist with an eye like none other we have seen. That wooden table in Grace was my first introduction to Jeremy’s art and I was hooked immediately. Crissy is the design queen and has more talent in her left pinky than many large design houses. She painstakingly curates each finishing piece and brings it all together. She manages to hunt down the most unique oddities and integrate them into the overall landscape of the home as if they were always there.

Here are the basics for those looking at Seattle houseboats: Grace is a one bedroom, one bath Seattle houseboat with a lovely entertaining deck off the bedroom upstairs. She is currently moored in a marina and surrounded by nature and other Seattle houseboats and lusted for $535,000. Houseboat financing is available and we are happy to give you details on how to purchase Grace with a lender. If you are interested in making this your home on the water, then please reach out of more information or for a private tour. Courtney & Molly are part of Seattle Afloat and Cooper Cartwright and happy to help you buy or sell your Seattle home. (206) 841-6800 houseboats@seattleafloat.com

Seattle Houseboats 2020 Top Questions Answered

Aside From Our Listing Inquiries, These Are The Top Questions About Seattle Houseboats From 2020

We kept track this year and aside from appointments and questions about the incredible Seattle floating home listings and sales we had this year, these are the top other Seattle houseboats questions we received from online inquiries.

What is the difference between a houseboat and a floating home?

My original explanation is that “houseboats” is the umbrella term which covers floating homes, liveaboard vessels, and barges (and now FOWRs). I still argue that this is historically correct because even the Seattle Floating Homes Association has called our floating home tour a Houseboat Tour in days gone by.

***Small disclaimer.  I live on a floating home.*** 

Some of the historical Lake Union buffs and “old timers” like me still call “floating homes” “houseboats” from time to time.  I personally consider them interchangeable, except that the modern definition of a houseboat and a floating home are two different things now. Both get to enjoy the lake lifestyle, though….

Enter The FOWR System

The city came up with a plaque system and now we have and official category: Floating On Water Residence (FOWR). So I am still personally arguing that houseboats is the umbrella term which covers everyone on the lake including floating homes, FOWRs, and barges.   I am usually outvoted by Molly on this point, but I will probably always call my floating home a houseboat regardless.  In any case, Molly is correct. An actual houseboat by today’s standards in Seattle is a FOWR and I live in a floating home. The simplest explanation is that a houseboat is more “boaty”.  It is built on a hull and  has boat systems in place for water and waste in most cases. There are some incredible houseboat options lately that are actually connected to the sewer, too.  A floating home is built on a floating foundation, is mostly permanently moored and always connected to the city’s sewer, water, and electrical.  My apologies. If I have confused you, call me and I will try and explain again.  Or call Molly and get the technically correct explanation.

A couple examples of a floating homes and a FOWR which we happen to have listed currently: Here is a Floating home and here is FOWR

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How much does a houseboat cost in Seattle? How much do floating homes cost?  

That is a good question. This year we saw overall houseboats sales range from $90,000 to $4,500,000 for for all types of houseboats including floating homes. Two floating home sales hit the four million dollars and over mark for the first time. There are 56 sales in the MLS as of this moment and we know there are two additional ones closing and also at least a few that sold off market completely out of the mls.  This is why it is so very important to tell us what you are looking for. We are highly networked into this amazing community and we can help you secure your Lake Union home!

Where are the houseboats in Seattle?  Where is the best place to live on a houseboat? 

Anywhere.  There is a saying that basically says if you are lucky enough to live on a houseboat then you are lucky enough. This is so true.  This lifestyle is like none other.  Whether you are on a floating home or a houseboat, you are living a similar lake life. Living on Lake Union is like nothing else.  It is an incredible contrast of urban and natural settings married together perfectly. The people that live on the lake are all interesting and life is never dull. This map needs to be updated to include larger houseboat collections.. 

Can you rent a houseboat in Seattle? 

Yes and no.  We get so many calls about nightly rental inquiries.  In short, it isn’t allowed. http://www.seattleafloat.com/seattle-floating-homes-airbnb-resource/

Can you live on a boat in Seattle?  Yes… but a houseboat is more convenient.

Seattle Houseboats Realtors and Your Advocates:

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Courtney Cooper & Molly Cartwright are SeattleAfloat.com Waterfront and Houseboats Brokers. 206-841-6800

Let us tour you through this beautiful floating home! Molly and Courtney are Seattle Floating homes experts and here to be your absolute advocates when it comes to houseboats living. We can help you from start to finish and beyond and welcome you to our beloved neighborhood. Have questions? 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 houseboats@coopercartwright.com

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Eastlake Boater’s Dream

Boaters Paradise at this beautiful newly listed Eastlake floating home.

This Eastlake floating home is on the eastern side of Seattle’s Lake Union and second from the end of the dock. An outdoor lover’s dream, there is a heated bike locker, racks for your water toys, and a spot to park your companion boat. Catch the amazing sunsets from the beautiful rooftop deck or dine on your floating accessory raft. Either way, there isn’t a better place available to enjoy life afloat in Eastlake. $1,650,000 (Update: Sold on 11/4/2020 $1,900,000)

Eastlake’s perfect sunny southern spot & 2nd from the end, yet offset to open up big views! An artist’s dream w/ soaring ceilings & gleaming wood floors. Custom matching furniture & kitchen by Wes Smith w/ quartz countertops, Liebherr fridge, Fisher Paykel range (gas cooktop/electric oven), Bosch dishwasher, custom pantry storage. A reader’s paradise w/ library wall & rolling ladder. Outside spaces include rooftop & water level decks, large 31+ x 8 foot rare accessory raft & room for your boat!

You can see all Seattle floating homes on this site on the home page. We look forward to helping you learn about life afloat on Lake Union’s historic and gorgeous floating homes neighborhoods!

Listed by Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 houseboats@coopercartwright.com

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Seattle Houseboats Living: Floating Home Just Listed

Incredible community in Seattle! Small neighborhood feel while living in the middle of the city. Natural setting and the sounds of water offer the perfect city life.

Seattle houseboats living at its best in this cool Eastlake Floating home!

Have you thought about life in Seattle on a houseboat or floating home? Seattle houseboats living afloat is fabulous and here is a great floating home available now! Best panoramic views of Lake Union and beyond from your expansive rooftop deck on this super cool Seattle floating home in sought after Eastlake. Beautiful floating Seattle oasis with owner’s suite includes gorgeous bath and its own private southwest facing deck to admire the lake activity. One more bedroom or office on this level. Travel upstairs and capture incredible natural light and open concept with living room, dining room, eat in kitchen and half bath. Innotech tilt & turn windows are also special finds on floating homes.

Everyone who dreams of Seattle Houseboats Living, wants a great outdoor space, so we especially love the deck conveniently off this level for grilling up dinner. Then there is the rooftop deck! Seattle floating homes with rooftop decks are always on wish lists, but to find one so large is truly your own private “backyard”.

This is a great dock filled with awesome floating home and land neighbors and in a wonderful location. Living on a Seattle floating home is an absolute great way to enjoy all that the city has to offer while being in your own private water world with nature. It really makes the outside world melt away and is also great for easy access to water sports! $1,600,000

Details of this Seattle Floating Home

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1.5 baths
  • 1155 Square feet
  • $550/month dues cover water, sewer, garbage, taxes on submerged parcel
  • roof top deck
  • co-op dock so you own a share in the dock to secure your slip ownership.
  • Full Listing and to schedule and appt: 2031 Fairview Ave E Slip E
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Seattle Houseboats Realtors: Courtney Cooper / Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800

Let us tour you through this beautiful floating home! Molly and Courtney are Seattle Floating homes experts and here to be your absolute advocates when it comes to houseboats living. We can help you from start to finish and beyond and welcome you to our beloved neighborhood. Have questions? 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 houseboats@coopercartwright.com

Welcome To The Shelby Dock

Welcome to the newly redone Shelby Dock! Upscale dock rebuild and incredible channel views make this the ideal spot to call home! Just listed by Molly Cartwright and Courtney Cooper for $765,000 call/text Molly or Courtney to see it 206-841-6800/206-850-8841

Seattle floating homes in Portage Bay have been well sought after in recent years. Here is one that hasn’t changed hands for forty years! Its adorable, too! Ready for its legacy to be passed on to its next occupant, this sweet floating home is the princess of houseboats! From the moment you step down Shelby Street in Portage Bay, you may have the same feeling that most residents here have – one of your shoulders relaxing and the entire day melting away. Many times, I have heard of this account and experience it myself on a regular basis. This truly is peaceful Portage Bay, but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening here! This home has an incredible channel view to the full boat parade! If that’s not enough jump into your kayak or paddle out on your SUP.

One bedroom with large walk in closet and super cool historical Jalousie windows, stacking washer and dryer and all fir floors throughout. This is a gem and has a large covered wrap around deck complete with haint paint in the eves. Enjoy your fun neighbors and the private coveted lush garden on the shores of this cooperatively owned moorage’s property. In addiiton, it comes with on shore storage at no additional charge. The monthly dues cover all your utilities except for electricity and cable.internet, and the home is equipped with a super efficiient newer pellet stove.

Enjoy living on the banks of Portage Bay in this incredible part of town. So close to Little Lago, that the lovely smalls of their wood fired pizza and hand made espresso drinks billow through the air when the gentle breezes go by. Located on the Portage Bay Loop, this is a great spot to jump on the 3.2 mile loop around the bay which is the eastern arm of Lake Union. Paddle to Ivar’s for some fish and chips or go through the Montlake Cut and check out the waterways of the Arboretum and Foster Island. There is no shortage of adventure and peace here! $765,000 call/text Molly or Courtney to see it 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 houseboats@coopercartwright.com You can also see it here: 1213 E Shelby St #11

Some of the details of this Portage Bay floating home:

  • 735 square feet
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bath (includes a tub!)
  • sunny eat in kitchen
  • owned moorage for home
  • room to tie up your kayaks
  • on shore storage
  • private community garden
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Neighborhood Spotlight on Westlake

Westlake is one of the highlights of our Seattle floating homes neighborhood. It is truly coveted, but sometimes overlooked. The truth is that Lake Union floating homes in Westlake don’t change hands nearly as often as other parts of our community. Tom Hanks knew this when he lived here in 1993’s blockbuster hit Sleepless In Seattle. Just one stop into the Westlake Deli will keep you coming back for more. The neighborhood is also located on the acclaimed Cheshiahud Loop which offers lots of great options for connecting North to Fremont, Burke Gilman Trail, and more, plus South to South Lake Union and Downtown. Additionally, Queen Anne is right there and depending on where you are in Westlake, there is also an easy foot bridge across Westlake Ave N. It’s limitless.

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Westlake views – this dock has a great view of the iconic Sleepless In Seattle home as well as Gas Works Park!

Here are some reasons from one Westlake floating home owner.

Our bike/walk path is the best in Seattle from Fisherman’s terminal to Amazonville. Also, though Fremont is very walkable and close to us (0.8 mile to PCC), we are also only 1.4 miles to Queen Anne’s neighborhood – an area we always identify with and use daily – several restaurants (re-opening someday), Trader Joes, nail places, pet places, dry cleaners, indoor pool..

 I can understand why some people think Westlake is much busier, but it’s quiet on the water and more accessible location. When I lived on Fairview, I had also thought Westlake was more exposed… until I moved to Westlake and soon after I moved there, I appreciated it much more.”

Westlake in short supply per usual

Westlake floating homes for sale come up here and there. They are always sought after and won’t last. Please let us know if you would like to see them or learn more about this incredible neighborhood.

The 2466 Westlake Ave N dock is part of The Sleepless In Seattle Coop

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Great view down the channel of the Sleepless coop.
Please call/text Molly for your private viewing of any available floating homes – socially distanced, cleaned, sanitized, and compliant with state and CDC guidelines. 206-841-6800 or email houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Pending – 2766 Westlake Ave N Unit #A, Seattle, WA 98109

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Peaceful and colorful Westlake floating home with thoughtful details throughout. $798,000

There’s nothing like living on the water. This beautiful craftsman updated floating home proves it! Relax while taking in the expansive views from your new rooftop deck; an entertainment delight! A wonderful flex room is perfect for a family room, home office work space, or turn it into another bedroom. The kitchen and great room join to create a sophisticated space for entertaining guests. Endless counter space and loads of storage. One bdrm w/ full bath all on the main floor.

Please call/text Molly for your private viewing – socially distanced, cleaned, sanitized, and compliant with state and CDC guidelines. 206-841-6800 or email houseboats@cooperjacobs.com.

We are excited to show you this cool neighborhood!

Contact Courtney or Molly. We are your advocates in the floating home community and look forward to working with you! Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841/ Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800

Luxurious Solitude And Peace Redefined

The light reflecting on the ceiling and dancing around the various spaces in this luxury Seattle waterfront living retreat is like nothing else you have seen. Brand new sleek and clean spaces offer the very best in living on the water. There is no better time to live on the water. Whether you are a boater or enjoy other water recreational activities, life in Seattle is better when you are here. Reserve your time to see it this week. c/t 206-850-8841

Stunning newly built architectural masterpiece at Stillwater Landing includes 1 car designated garage parking w/ 50 amp service & room for a boat alongside your home. Outstanding views of the Montlake Cut, Seattle Yacht Club, UW, Portage Bay water & mountain views. Fleetwood Sliders w/ expansive floor to ceiling design throughout, Liebherr & Miele appliances, his/hers master walk in closets, more. Exceptionally constructed w/ +/- 2,650 sq ft of living space + 800 sq ft roof top! Home Warranty.

Seattle Houseboats Living: Moving Into A Floating Home Logistics

Moving by boat… Seattle houseboats living!

This is an interesting topic in the Seattle houseboats world. When you move into a home on land, you schedule the moving truck and they back into your driveway or park on the street in front of your home. What happens when you move in or out of a floating home? The answer is it depends. It depends on a number of factors and features really of your dock.

Seattle views on the water…
  1. Location. You hear about location, location, location in Seattle real estate, but never does that come into play more than when you are moving in or out of a floating home in Seattle. The neighborhood in which your dock is located is a crucial part of the puzzle when it comes to figuring out logistics of a move. Floating homes are at street ends and alleys in many cases in Portage Bay, and tight streets exist in Eastlake, Fremont, Wallingford, and Westlake. Taking the time to find out if the moving truck can even fit close to your dock is important. Make sure to have the movers come out and map out the plan.
  2. Communication. Let your dock know the plan. There may be a loading zone or parking spaces which need to be reserved.
  3. Security. You may need to ask for help from someone who can physically watch your belongings while furniture and boxes are moved up or down the dock so that the truck is not left unattended at any time.
  4. Use of Dolly, Cart, etc. First of all, make sure that the wheels of a third party cart or dolly are not going to be damaging to your dock surface. Seattle floating home docks usually have great carts for moving your belongs up and down the dock, but you might want to ask the dock board if it is okay to use them for a floating home household move. They are in place at the head of the houseboats dock so that all the floating home residents can use them in every day life. Additional wear and tear on them may not be welcome.
  5. Moving from dock to dock or from one floating home on the dock to another on the same dock? Consider filling a boat! This is especially great for planters and outdoor furniture, but can be a great mode of transport for indoor belongs as well.
  6. Leveling it. Last note and important!!! When you move furniture in and out you may need to call a diver to come level your home – especially if you are moving a particularly heavy piece of furniture! The diver may need to come out and move flotation around or add more…

There are some great choices available right now – both on land and in the floating home world. Let us know if you are interested in exploring our amazing Seattle neighborhoods. Molly and I live and work in Seattle and are your absolute advocates in the Seattle houseboats world. Current Seattle floating homes listings range in price from $995,000 to $2,950,000 and can be found in Eastlake and Portage Bay.

Court & Molly at the head of an Eastlake dock.

Contact us. We are your Seattle Houseboats Experts and look forward to helping you and answering all your questions. Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 | Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Seattle Floating Homes – Luxury Details In This New Build

What a gorgeous day! We always say that this is the kind of weather that was made to show off Seattle houseboats! This luxury new construction floating home build is no exception to that. This is the last floating home available in the Stillwater Landing development. It is that one that was held back because the design was so incredible. It is also the last basement allowed in Seattle floating homes per current city rules. This luxury lake home is incredible!!! Three levels of living space with high ceilings, luxury finish work, and radiant warm floors. It has boat moorage and garage parking – complete with electrical to install a car charger if you want. It really has it all… and you own your own moorage. $2,950,000

This is a once in a lifetime buy as the city has a net zero policy on these and no more new Seattle floating homes will be allowed to add to the number that we have on the lake already. In addition, no additional basements will be permitted according to the code. It’s also rare to get a garage parking space and be in this incredible corner of Portage Bay. You can check out the listing details here: 2816 Boyer Ave E #B

We would be happy to show you this property. We have lender, inspector, appraiser, and insurance referrals for these special waterfront properties and we are happy to walk you through each step. We look forward to showing you this floating home or others and are your absolute advocates for Lake Union homes and waterfront living. Courtney Cooper or Molly Cartwright 206-850-8841/206-841-6800 courtney@coopercartwright.com / molly@coopercartwright.com We are here to help and your absolute Seattle Houseboats Experts.

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Seattle Houseboats: Brand New Finishes In A Classic Floating Home

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Not much on the market as far as Seattle houseboats go in the floating home world right now. Looking for the charm of a historical home with the sleek finishes of new construction? Interested in living on the water in Seattle? This is Seattle houseboats living at its finest and a great combination of the two things you like best! This is an adorable newly redone from the inside out Portage Bay floating home.

From the marketing remarks for this Seattle floating home for sale in the MLS listing: “A classic floating home bungalow is transformed into a modern, energy efficient home. Newly renovated 2 bed/2 bath floating home in Portage Bay w/ all updated features and systems. Inviting kitchen for the chef includes Fisher Paykel appliances, glass tiles, quartz counters, and hand built wooden cabinets. Master bdrm w/ walk-in closet. Hardwood floors, bountiful natural light, extends to a beautiful sliding door wall maximizing your views to the west. Awesome lifestyle. Boat moorage included!” $1,098,000 Call/text Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 or email houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

2019: A Review of Seattle Floating Homes Sales and Activity

2019 proved to be another happy ending for Seattle floating home sales in Seattle, Wa. 

We saw 22 Seattle floating homes successfully sell on Lake Union and Portage Bay.  We saw more activity than ever in Portage Bay this year!  Could this be the new hot neighborhood for Seattle floating homes?  NINE sold in Portage Bay, THREE in Westlake and the neighborhood which has more floating homes than anyone… Eastlake saw TEN floating homes sell.

What type of homes sold around Lake Union and Portage Bay and how long did it take?   

A cute Westlake floating home for $500,000 sold in about 88 days.  It’s one bed, one bath, and 500 square feet. It’s your typical 1920’s cabin style one story floating home.  $3,438,000 tipped the scales for the largest sale this year which goes to the beautiful Ward’s Cove community. City views, boat moorage, luxury high end finishes for a 2016 built floating home with gated parking are just a few of the perks.  Whether it’s a small charming floating home or a new or remodeled floating home the average purchase price when you include all the sold floating homes rounded out at $1,393,205.  Let’s not forget the average square footage was 1,280.  Calculating these two numbers gives us our price per square foot which is $1,088.  And it took all 21 of these homes an average of 67 days on the market.

Speaking of days on market, SeattleAfloat/Cooper Jacobs successfully listed or sold 63% (14 out of 22 homes) including four off market sales for clients.

What does 2020 look like for buying and selling Seattle floating homes?

We had some creative connections in 2019 which makes it so incredibly gratifying to know the people in this community so we can connect the dots.  We saw people moving up, scaling down, and literally moving their floating homes on the lake. Looking ahead, Seattle real estate has all indications to continue our growth.  More people moving here because of more jobs which means more home developing. We describe our business of selling floating homes sometimes like balancing on a paddle board. These properties do feel slight ups and downs as related to land homes but they continue to ride the wave skimming just the surface without much turbulence at all.  To add to the purchasing power, we have better than ever floating home lenders we continually work with and not surprising competitive for your business.  

When is a good time to sell?

Every year is different.  This is not just me saying something vague.  This year we saw no sales in the first quarter!  It picked up in May with three closings. June there were four.  And July saw THE largest closings in a month which was 5. September was right behind with four closings, October saw 2 and November there were THREE closings!  In a nutshell, 2019 saw a very slow start and then…well then it was no stopping. The number of buyers came out ten fold in the last quarter of 2019. So sellers – the objective is to have your home ready for the most pickiest buyers to attract them from January to December.  Because I guarantee there are always buyers shopping online for a floating home. They’re just waiting for the right one. 

 Case in point:  We listed a wonderful end of dock floating home in December (right in the middle of the holidays!) for $750,000.  It’s the brown one in the middle pictured here. It got immediate attention and now is pending after 5 days on the market.

As always, we appreciate your time in reading our material and if you ever have a question – ask us!  We love to hear from our audience. 

Quick Explanation for those who need it:

Floating homes by definition are homes registered by the city and county as floating on logs (old growth cedar logs) or concrete and are locked into a dock by way of moorage arms or chains.  They are connected to the city’s sewer, water, and electric. Floating home owners enjoy including their moorage slip as part of their real estate footprint and do pay taxes on this. By comparison, there are still a couple of docks which have a landlord instead of a co-op or condo ownership.  They enjoy rent control for their slips. Ask us more about this topic if you’re interested.

Happy 2020 Everyone!

Check our current floating homes listed RIGHT HERE.  There are currently 4  floating homes listed active right now.

Seattle Houseboats: Floating Homes Market Report

Seattle Afloat’s Molly & Courtney sold three of the FOUR floating homes in the two months.

We are deep into the 2019 holiday season now and Molly and I are so thankful for the fabulous year that we have had. We love this community so much and appreciate that you think of us first when it comes to buying or selling your Seattle floating home. We look forward to 2020 and serving the Seattle floating homes community well into the future.

Let’s catch up on the Seattle floating homes market over the last couple of months! There are five floating homes for sale in Seattle currently. They range in price from $550,000 for a two bedroom with a long term lease in Portage Bay to $3,200,000 for a brand new construction luxury floating home with a basement in Portage Bay. Three of these Seattle floating homes are in Portage Bay, one is in Fremont, and one is in Eastlake. The average list price is $1,710,000 and the average dollar per square foot is $1061.82 with a range from $672.37 to $1,315.79.

Looking at closed sales in the last sixty days, there have been four Seattle floating homes for sale that have sold through the MLS that range in price from $500,000 to $2,700,000 with a median sales price of $882,500 and an average days on market of 54 days. Three of these were in Portage Bay and one was in Westlake. The average sales price to list price for these floating homes was 95.67%. Molly and I sold three out of four of these! We definitely know the market and are happy to help you if you want an evaluation. We have specialized in Seattle Houseboats for over a decade and can offer you a wealth of experience and knowledge. Living in, working in, and giving back to this community is what we do. We also have a FOWR Seattle houseboats specialist on our team now to serve the many Seattle houseboats that are not floating homes. Reach out and we can introduce you to one of our houseboats agents Susan so you can learn about this special segment of the Seattle houseboats lake market, too. There’s lots of real estate on the lake in Seattle and we are here to help you with all of it.

Want more information? We at Seattle Afloat are Seattle Houseboats Experts and the only team working on the lake today that has been successfully representing clients together for almost two decades.

Courtney Cooper & Molly Cartwright 206-850-8841/206-841-6800 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Step Into Floating Luxury

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Brand new luxury Seattle floating homes? There usually aren’t any. Our community is over 100 years old so when this happens it is worth taking note. Never before have Molly and I seen a Seattle floating home with such a high design IQ and so much incredible finish work. It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone.

A stunning and timeless architectural designed floating home in Stillwater Landing. Expansive floor to ceiling Fleetwood sliders allow for maximum indoor/outdoor living. Beautiful kitchen on upper floor includes 5″ wide oak floors, Calacatta Laza polished quartz countertops, Liebherr & Miele appliances, eat-in kitchen and dining room. Entertain with ease on the open concept floorplan taking in the views of Montlake cut and Portage Bay. Luxurious master bed/bath. Boat moorage, garage parking. $3,200,000

Contact Courtney Cooper & Molly Cartwright 206-850-8841 for additional details, a private showing, lending options.

Bi-Annual Seattle Floating Home Market Report


Much like the water that floating homes live on, we experience ebbs and flows with Seattle real estate.  So far, 2019 has been a year full of fun, exciting developments and sales for floating homes.  

The #1 question we get asked is “What’s the Market Like Right Now?”

This question can sometimes be construed in two ways.  It depends – “are you a buyer or a seller”, right?  

My friends, floating homes of course experience the same ride as land homes but only on a smaller scale.  What do I mean? I mean when we start to see “price improvement” for homes actively on the market, it can mean there are less buyers and more inventory (sellers).  Sellers are coming off a three year high from home sales and some expect to still be in that value system.

Large views and boat moorage come with this one.

Floating homes, however, magically seem to hover around a certain number of homes which sell each year no matter what kind of real estate market we are in.  That number is around 25. I am strictly referring to floating homes and not houseboats or vessels which do not have a King COUNTY tax assessor plaque.

Incredible floating home in Fremont.

So far this year we know of FOUR OFF MARKET SALES, two of which SeattleAfloat have completed.  This, my friend, is why it is so important to reach out to us if you are thinking of buying or selling because some of these sales are not in the MLS or made public and it could directly impact how you buy or sell in the future.

By including the four off market sales, to date, there are 14 floating home sales as of July 21, 2019.  We can still make our magic 25 number of sales because there are currently 13 active floating homes and we are only half way through the year.

Seattle floating homes don’t have views like this very often!

Concentrating on the solds, the median sales price is $910,000.  When I wrote the same market update last summer it was $750,000.  

Looking at the actives, we see some amazing ranges of floating homes out there.  From $499,000 on a condo dock to $3.2M for a brand new construction. The time is now to keep our community alive and vibrant.  So many people we talk to each day are appreciative floating homes are a staple in our city. Let’s keep it this way!

Seattle Waterfront Living: A Different Seattle Water Experience

The head of Shilshole Bay looking out to Puget Sound offers a different perspective of living at the water’s edge.

The Ballard Locks Are A Unique Lifestyle

This is a great alternative to Seattle houseboats living or Seattle waterfront living. Living at the water’s edge at the head of Shilshole Bay is a unique Seattle experience. This is a an opportunity to be a daily witness to the constant boat parade and the salty air of the Puget Sound. From the moment you traverse the staircase down into this secluded piece of heaven, you will not want to leave. Settle in and listen to the seagulls and live a simpler life.

Nestled in a private setting, discover this sanctuary you’ve been longing for offering the best of both land and water from the moment you wander onto the grounds. A great place to enjoy Seattle and all her beauty by recognizing an opportunity and history like no other. $675,000

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bath
  • Built in 1944
  • 880 square feet
  • Wide open water views
  • well maintained
  • No dues

Please contact us if you would like a private showing. This one is by appointment only. call text 206-841-6800 or 206-850-8841

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Seattle Houseboats Open Houses

Two Seattle Floating Homes are OPEN SUNDAY 2/17 from 1-4PM

We are holding two Seattle floating homes open this weekend! If you have been wanting to check out the houseboats along Fairview in Eastlake then this weekend is a great opportunity! Priced at $750,000 and $799,000, these two floating homes both have boat moorage and are located towards the south end of the lake. Great commute option for Amazon or downtown. Fabulous lifestyle. Open Sunday 2/17 1-4PM

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Peaceful stroll down the dock to your own private piece of Lake Union!

2019 Fairview Ave E #B A fantastic Eastlake floating home ready for your own personal design! We love the generous light and roomy spaces. Hardwoods throughout the main level extending to your back french doors. A super cozy free standing gas fireplace huddles in the corner, one full bath and a bedroom on the main plus lofty space/bedroom upstairs. Folks this one has a tremendous amount of storage. Two fantastic decks to welcome the southern exposure on a wonderful Co-Op dock. Never miss a sunrise or sunset again.

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Space Needle Views and a roof top deck.

2025 Fairview Ave E #Q Come aboard a very special Eastlake floating home to enjoy a slice of nature and art. Light, bright and a beautiful kitchen with 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 your private 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!

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We look forward to seeing you in Eastlake on Sunday!

In the mean time, please reach out to us if you would like a private showing of these or other Seattle floating homes. You can call, text, email, or message us. houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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Seattle Floating Home For Sale In Eastlake

There are only a few Seattle floating homes for sale right now…

South facing on a well organized dock, this great Seattle floating home has incredible upwards potential. Don’t miss your chance to get your feet wet in the least expensive Seattle waterfront property option. Lake Union is an incredible place to call home!

Looking at Seattle floating homes? Courtney and Molly at the SeattleAfloat / Cooper Jacobs Real Estate team bring you another fantastic Eastlake Seattle floating home for sale ready for your own personal design! We love the generous light and roomy spaces of this gorgeous ultimate in city Seattle waterfront property. Hardwoods throughout the main level extending to your back french doors offer constantly changing reflections from the water just outside your doorsteps. A super cozy free standing gas fireplace huddles in the corner, one full bath and a bedroom on the main plus lofty space/bedroom upstairs. This one has a tremendous amount of storage as far as Seattle houseboats living goes. Two fantastic decks to welcome the southern exposure on a wonderful Co-Op dock. Never miss a sunrise or sunset again, and tie your boat up to the house for easy access to all that Lake Union has to offer.

Just $799,000, this Seattle floating home has an extremely large float and there are views of the Space Needle and city from the upstairs floor. We will have this open on Sunday 2/17/2019 from 1-4PM and look forward to seeing you then. If you are interested in seeing it prior to that time, please let us know. We are happy to offer you a private showing. You can schedule a showing here or call/text/message/email us. houseboats@cooperjacobs.com 206-850-8841/206-841-6800

Imagine sitting on this South facing deck with the gentle waves from passing boat traffic lapping against the float of your home. This one is listed currently and open on Sunday.

Courtney Cooper & Molly Cartwright are the premiere Seattle floating homes experts and happy to show you this floating home or other floating homes on the market. call/text 206-841-6800 /206-850-8841

Life Afloat In Seattle is one of the most interesting and unique lifestyles in the city. If you are lucky enough to live on one of our floating homes, then you are lucky indeed.

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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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Happy 4th Of July Seattle!

Happy Fourth Of July!

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Happy July 4th, Seattle!  We wish you a happy and safe Fourth Of July and look forward to working with you in the future.  Thanks so much for all your support! We appreciate this community so much!

Here is a great shot from our end of the dock Seattle houseboat for sale for $997,000!

You can read more here or call/text us at 206-841-6800 for more info and a private showing so that YOU can be the go to destination for next year’s festivities:

“One-of-a-kind END-OF-DOCK Floating On-Water Residence and slip on Lake Union in Eastlake. Unobstructed views of Seattle, Space Needle and sunsets. Spacious 1,650sf living w/ 3 beds, 2.5 ba, fireplace, skylights, covered patio. Awesome hot tub, bar and grill on the rooftop deck. Summer ready- fully furnished & includes dinghy on electric davit, kayak, 2 bikes. Very low HOA dues and taxes. Great walkscore, walk/bike to Amazon, easy 5/90/520 access. Start planning your July 4 party!”

“If you are interested in getting your own “fifty yard line” seats for Seattle’s magnificent July 4th Fireworks show over Lake Union, then let us show you Seattle houseboats including this one and others! Thanks again for your support and enthusiasm in our business.  We appreciate you and wish you the very best happy and safe 4th of July!”  – Courtney & Molly

Perfection In Portage Bay

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

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

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

  • Parking
  • Moorage
  • Low Dues
  • Great location!

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

End Of The Dock In Lake Union!

THIS is LIVING At The End Of The Dock!seattle houseboat for sale

Own the water with this condo moorage.  End of the dock on Lake Union in Seattle’s bustling Eastlake neighborhood, welcome aboard the Limbo, your executive floating townhome alternative! Seattle waterfront living to it’s very core, this substantial floating residence is equipped with pretty much all you want!

It even comes furnished should you want all of the bells and whistles – from the rooftop deck complete with rooftop deck and sitting bar, to the included dinghy equipped with fish finder, and the list of perks goes on all the way down to the stocked liquor cabinet.

This is a stunner among Seattle houseboats for sale.  Large master suite and two smaller staterooms.  Beautifully finished bathrooms, stacking washer/dryer, large cooks kitchen with eating bar and cozy living room with fireplace.

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Views in all directions and no one in front of you to block them.  Decks on all levels including enclosed (removable) deck to take in the outdoor living even on a chilly evening. All the toys you will need are also included!

Here are the remarks from the MLS listing which went live this AM:

This is more than meets the eye.This is a turn key, fully loaded,fun in the sun, houseboat ready to move in or rent out without a single thing to do. Fantastic lifestyle on this end of dock slip on a condo owned dock in Eastlake. Stunning views of the city’s skyline day or night while soaking in your roof top hot tub.Next day, take the bikes out for a cruise around South Lake Union’s Farmers Market. Newer built and fully custom 55’x15 houseboat, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 72 walkscore!

Just listed: $1,190,000  Full listing:  http://cooperjacobs.com/1293281

Call/Text Molly for your private showing or more info:  206-841-6800  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

 

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Seattle Floating Home With Space Needle Views

seattle floating homesCome Home To This Oasis! Newly Redone Seattle Floating Home With Space Needle Views in Eastlake:

Let’s talk about this Seattle floating homes location for a minute and the incredible peaceful yet exciting combination of living surrounded by nature in the middle of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.     It’s the perfect place to live after a busy day at work!

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Walk or Uber from South Lake Union . Feel your shoulders relax and unwind as you walk down the 2017 dock because just strolling down this dock is a real treat.

This is the southern most dock on Lake Union with wide open views of the lake and city. The 2017 dock is one of three that makes up the famed and well organized Log Foundation.  Besides being one of the most well run cooperatively owned dock groups on the lake, this community has also elevated container gardening to an absolute art form. It is truly paradise.

PS  – you can also walk to cool places like Serafina, SLU, Essential Bakery, Starbucks, Pete’s Market, and more.seattle houseboats for sale

 

Step aboard your newly remodeled floating home in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood. 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 Lake Union  and city skyline 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.  $1,850,000

2017 Fairview Ave E #N

Newly listed and just featured in Curbed Magazine, this home was redone top to bottom and can be yours before Fourth Of July!  Call or text Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 or email houseboats@cooperjacobs.com for your private showing or more information. 

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Last Seattle Floating Home Slip available at Stillwater Landing!

seattle floating homesStillwater Landing in Lake Union’s Portage Bay

The last of the 3 Seattle Floating home slips available at Stillwater Landing.  All permits are issued and this is ready to build.  On beautiful Portage Bay, this home site includes 1 car designated parking in a newly constructed garage with a 50 amp car charger outlet and a 24’ designated boat moorage slip along a newly built finger pier adjacent to the home.

The upper floor living area offers outstanding views of the Montlake Cut, Seattle Yacht Club, UW, and all the water and mountain views of Portage Bay.  Plenty of open water and distance between each home.  A truly exceptional architectural plan with 3 floors and approx. 2,600 sq ft of living space.

Reach out and let us know if you are interested in this rare opportunity.  Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 or Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800  stillwater@cooperjacobs.com 

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Sleepless In Seattle 25 Year Anniversary Highlighted In Latest Aboveboard Seattle

Aboveboard Seattle Highlights The Sleepless Movie’s 25th Anniversary.

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Awwwe.  Sleepless In Seattle… Whenever we are showing Seattle floating homes for sale, a good portion of the buyers ask about the “Sleepless houseboat”.  For twenty five years now the movie Sleepless In Seattle has had an effect on our Seattle houseboats community.

This article from the latest issue of Aboveboard Seattle highlights the movie and its mark left on us. It is so hard to believe it has been a quarter of a century!!!!

Time Flies:  This Year Is The Sleepless In Seattle Movie’s 25th Anniversary

Sleepless In Seattle changed the perception of our city forever when it was released twenty five years ago.  “Sleepless” is the now famous Seattle floating home which is pointed out on every Ride The Duck Tour and sought after by tourists from around the world. It is the first thing new prospective clients ask us about when they are exploring purchasing a floating home. Although this iconic movie was also largely shot in other cities such as Chicago, New York, and Baltimore, for a quarter of a century Sleepless in Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan has been the first movie people think of when they think of Seattle. Released on June 25th, 1993, this was one of Nora Ephron’s first major directorial jobs and continues to be a huge sentimental nod to the 1990s Seattle lifestyle.  In fact, in a July 8th, 1993 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine Nora Ephron says in regards to Sam played by Tom Hanks, “He goes from Chicago, which is your modern, work-driven urban environment, to Seattle, which is – let me tell you, after three days there with my husband, Nick says, “This is a city where people have chosen lifestyle over work.” And he’s right. There are cities like this all over America, full of people who are kayaking and living the good life.  At the time of filming, Seattle’s official  population was 525,974 people. By contrast, the current 2018 population according to sources is roughly 704,352, and while we have morphed more towards what Ephron described as a “modern, work-driven urban environment”, we also hold on tight to our “good life” roots.

Filming Sleepless In Seattle on an actual Lake Union floating home dock – The Scoop…

The filming while on location in Seattle itself was interesting and full of excitement and also challenges. One neighbor’s deck was used for catering for the cast and crew.  They recall that one day while they were eating their Chinese take out for dinner, Tom Hanks walked in and asked ‘where’s mine?!’ According to them, “He of course was teasing and was just doing a little PR.  He hung around and talked until he was called back on set.  He was always very, very nice to everyone. Meg Ryan wasn’t around much because she only has two scenes in the area, including on Westlake Avenue above the dock.  According to one account on the dock, she was “kept out of the public eye – the rumor was that she had just had a baby (fact) and she had a stalker that they were taking great precautions over (particularly because of the baby).”

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The route they took in the rowboat….

Sleepless In Seattle is mostly a winter, even holiday movie, but it was infamously filmed during a very hot and sunny summer.  In fact, it was filmed during one of Seattle’s very few actual droughts where it was so dry that the city imposed mandatory water restrictions.  One neighbor’s recollection best describes the scenario: “It was so hot that summer, I can remember floating out in the lake in front of Sleepless in my swimming suit and inner tube, watching as they tried to keep all the actors, dressed in overcoats, scarves and boots, cool.  And, they had to rig up special systems to make it rain – no small feat at the end of a long dock. (One of the reasons we are so dependent on the fireboats). And, there was a lot of talk about either a filter, or film treatment to make the footage seem grey and dreary when it was actually extremely blue and sunny — day after day after day.  They were pulling their hair out.”

The dock in which the Sleepless house resides was completely transformed for the filming of the movie.  I am very grateful for the fabulous account of it from one neighbor, “Our dock is particularly proud of our flowers — we often had casual competitions over who’s looked the best.  Well, the production crew had to pluck out all the summer stuff and replace it with evergreens. The original child actor wasn’t working out for whatever reasons, and he was let go; it took about a month to audition and rehearse the new kid.  And, then they had to reshoot all the scenes. It was supposed to be just a couple of weeks, but all summer long we were flowerless in Seattle.

Watching Sleepless In Seattle Again….

This weekend, I watched Sleepless in Seattle again.  I still found it comical to watch the unbelievable Hollywood geographic creative leaps and would challenge anyone who thinks they can take a small boat from Lake Union to Alki Beach in the hour or two it seemed to take the characters in the movie.  The trip would involve taking the boat all the way up to the north end of Lake Union, through the ship canal, and into the Ballard Locks as Lake Union is roughly 20 feet higher than the Puget Sound. You would need to then go all the way around Discovery Park and cross the ferry traffic to head down to Alki Beach in West Seattle where the characters Sam and Jonah played. Almost as unbelievable is watching Meg Ryan’s character Annie “follow” them in her rental car by going over the Fremont Bridge. For the last 25 years, I have largely thought of this movie as somewhat of a “stalker” film, but this weekend I changed my mind and found it to be charming and sentimental.  All in all, the movie holds up.

Call us if you want to learn more about the Seattle Houseboats lifestyle!  Courtney Cooper | Molly Cartwright 206-850-8841/206-841-6800  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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Seattle Floating Home For Sale: Rooftop Deck & Parking

Spring is here! Come enjoy this rooftop deck!

New construction Seattle floating home is awaiting your decor!  Be the first to live in this gorgeous brand new home with high end everything.  $2,100,000

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

Call/Text Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 for your private showing or more info.

 

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