Seattle Floating Homes MLS Market Highlight

Seattle’s Eastlake Neighborhood: The sun is peeking out here and there in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood today. In Seattle we seem to get all seasons rotating throughout the day so you never know what to wear – I end up keeping a fleece in the car most of the time.

I was actually down on the Eastlake houseboat docks previewing a brand new listing for a floating home on The Log Foundation dock – one of them anyway.    There are two Eastlake floating homes for sale right there in that part of Fairview currently  – both in the upper $700k range in the MLS.

2025 Fairview Ave E – Houseboat E is a great new Seattle floating home MLS listing put on by Jennifer Nelson (photos courtesy of Jennifer Nelson). It is spacious and bright with wide open spaces and tons of great professionally remodeled touches while keeping the traditional Seattle houseboat charm intact.

Enjoy the expansive master suite like no other in the floating homes colony and colorful gardening from your rooftop deck and lower decks.  The view of Lake Union and the city is impressive to say the least.

Other perks of this floating home on The Log Foundation dock? How about the fact that this dock is highly maintained and the dues are low.

This home also happens to be right on the Cheshiahud Loop (Lake Union Loop) and very close to the streetcar for great access into Downtown Seattle.  Eastlake is already known for its easy commuting attributes, but you literally could live car less on this dock with no lack of convenience.  This one is open 1-4 on Sunday or feel free to get in touch with me for a private tour anytime.

I adore that part of Fairview and Eastlake in general quite a bit.  The sun wasn’t out until half way through my tour this AM, but hopefully it will warm up as those big puffy clouds float around the sky.

If you want to go on a houseboat tour and see one of the floating homes available in Eastlake or Westlake right now let me know.  There is a great starter priced floating home in Westlake at $365,500 (Westlake Cove)and then there are three in Eastlake  – the two on The Log Foundation docks and then one at Roanoke Reef.  All are great options at various price points for Seattle floating homes.

Westlake Floating Home For Sale: Great Condo Alternative

Seattle floating home on Westlake: This Seattle houseboat is on the market right now and a great condo alternative for anyone who has ever wanted to live in a Lake Union floating home.  It is one of the original Seattle floating homes and on a great co-op owned dock.

Bright spaces and and open floor plan with great sleeping loft as you gently rock to sleep on Seattle’s most popular lake.  Under the carpet is the original wood flooring and not one of the historical Seattle houseboats is complete without the trap door (older houseboats have trap doors in them to hide alcohol when it was illegal).

Not enough?  How about the Cheshiahud (Lake Union Loop) right outside your door and right next to Ship Canal Trail and Burke Gilman Trail, too!  Steps from Fremont and very quick access to Downtown Seattle – plus all that Westlake has to offer.

Large deck for endless container gardening and a great place to throw your kayak in for a trip around Lake Union.  The neighbors on the dock are some of the nicest I have met, too!  This is one of the shortest homes on the dock and there is room to build up if you decide you want to remodel or add a level. Lot of options and space here!

Seattle Floating Home Open House:

Come check out this great floating home!  Hopefully there will be a little sun at the open house – Sunday 3/13/2010 12:00 to 3:00 PM.  If you can’t make it, call us and we will be happy to show it to you privately.

Here’s where to find this one: 2764 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat D, Offered at $349,990

Co-ops: What’s The Deal?

Co-ops:  What’s The Deal? The other day I held a Broker’s Open at Portage Bay, Eastlake, Westlake, Center For Wooden Boats – and more! Cooper Jacobs Real Estate’s new houseboat listing on Lake Union.  A man and his family stopped by.  He has a job that requires him to travel from Bellingham to Seattle and needed a place to live while he’s in town.  I told him the background on 2764 Westlake Ave N Unit #D: a rare 1910, 479 square feet of lake living, views of Gas Works Park, Fremont bridge, Queen Anne, and um, the water of course.  Lots of water.  Anyway, one bed, one bath, and opportunities to build up and it’s mortgage is a co-op.  He raised his eyebrows.  “What’s THAT?”

I told him you own a share in a big corporation.  You don’t hold the Title but you hold a share in the overall portfolio in the co-op on that dock.  So, I explained, you are almost like leasing it BUT you have a shared legal entity.  Your voice is heard.  Just like a condominium building, a co-op has a board of directors responsible for business decisions.

The monthly co-op dues are usually lower than condomium (home owner association or HOA) dues.  Why?  Because a co-op is non-profit.  But check with your real estate agent on this, because much like the neighborhoods in Seattle, every one is different.

A most brilliant website (thank you again Wikipedia!) has an indepth explaination of co-ops in all different countries.  So don’t be afraid of the word “co-op”.  Oh…and don’t be afraid to check out more beautiful houseboats in Seattle – one of the largest communities of houseboats of all kinds!  Yes indeed – and in Seattle, we have an entire association JUST for houseboats.

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