Westlake Offers Great Opportunity on Lake Union

Westlake is such a calm section of Lake Union and this floating home is in Westlake Cove! Westlake Cove is a secret oasis right before you reach Fremont when going North on Westlake Ave N. Off the beaten path just a little bit, but right on the Lake Union Loop, this close knit community has a lot to offer! Quick access to all that Downtown Seattle & Lake Union have to offer, with Fremont, the Burke-Gilman Trail, and the Ship Canal Trail at your finger tips, and at the base of Queen Anne, Westlake has a lot going for it! Seattle houseboats that have found their way here enjoy lapping Lake Union to lull them to sleep at night, but still get in on all the action of Seattle’s most urban lake.

Right now there are three Seattle floating homes available for purchase in Westlake with two in Westlake Cove itself. They range in price from an amazing low $349,990 for a great condo alternative (cheaper than a condo overall when you look at all costs including dues and taxes actually) historic Seattle houseboat with room to go up a level for future potential to $749,950 for a nicely remodeled floating home second from the end of the dock.

The newest Westlake houseboat for sale right now is a great two bedroom floating home complete with a sauna built into the bathroom! It has a huge wrap around deck big enough for a school of kayaks or canoes and also has moorage available in the adjacent slip for up to twenty feet. The dues and taxes are low for this home and it is on a wide waterfront channel. The asking price? An astonishing $525,000 which is incredibly affordable for a two bedroom with so much charm and waterfront beauty.

Seattle Floating Homes: Less Than $350,000 For This One!

Seattle Floating Homes: Interested in seeing what life is like on a Seattle floating home, but afraid of all the expenses? This is the very cheapest floating home on Lake Union! It is a great houseboat and has the ability for future potential because you can go up a level and get some great views!

The float size is a pretty good size at over 32 feet by 23 feet according to the last dive report and all systems are in good condition and ready for a new owner. The dues are low and cover many expenses including the moorage for the floating home, your portion of the real estate taxes for the dock, water, garbage, and sewer. The property taxes for the home itself are also affordable – who says living in a Seattle houseboat has to be expensive?

Throw your kayak or canoe in the lake and enjoy all that Seattle’s best location has to offer! This is a perfect condo alternative with huge investment potential for your future on this well managed and nicely maintained cooperatively owned dock. Want to see how this compares to other Seattle Houseboats for sale on Lake Union? Current Seattle floating homes listings start in the mid $700,000 range. This is a huge opportunity! Seller willing to put in new carpet so hurry and pick your own colors! Listing agent also willing to contribute $5000 towards your closing costs if you use one of our preferred buyers’ agents – contact realestate@CooperJacobs for additional details on the that credit.

Seattle Floating Homes Market Update

The last two days in Seattle have been amazing weather wise. I have been driving around showing homes through rain, sunshine, wind, and sometimes even hale! Luckily the sunshine is prevailing overall and as the days brighten all over Seattle, so does the opportunity to buy one of the gorgeous Seattle houseboats in Lake Union! The floating homes market all across Westlake, Eastlake, and Portage Bay opens up quite a bit as soon as the days get brighter around here because that is the best time to showcase the beauties of the ultimate Seattle waterfront lifestyle!

There are seven Seattle floating homes for sale right now in the NWMLS – these are actual floating homes – not vessels or other types of houseboats. Most of the available floating homes in the MLS are along Fairview Ave E and most are in Eastlake. The most common price for a one or two bedroom currently in Eastlake is in the $700,000 price range. Floating homes on Lake Union in the MLS right now range from $349,990 for a great Westlake floating home option with a huge kitchen and cozy loft (open house Sat 1-4 and Sunday 1-4 this weekend!) to $1,720,000 for substantial floating home on Roanoke in the gated houseboat community of Roanoke Reef. Additionally there is a Portage Bay floating home on the market for $2,200,000 with some extra moorage options.

In between the high and the low of the MLS floating homes price range are the middles. There are four Eastlake floating homes for sale right now that all happen to be within about $20,000 of each other in price. They are also all two story and similar styles and all but one have a great roof top deck for views of Seattle across Lake Union. They range from $749,000 to $770,000 in price and all have 2 bedrooms except for a gorgeous highly remodeled one bedroom on one of the Log Foundation docks (open house this Sunday 1-4).

You can find all of these houseboat listings here (plus any additional ones that come on the MLS):

Seattle floating homes for sale

If you want to see any of them at all please feel free to get in touch with us  – homes@SeattleAfloat.com  – we are happy to arrange private houseboat tours so you can see what is currently available.

Recent Seattle floating homes sales? There are two pending in the MLS – a cute refurbished one story on another of the Log Foundation docks which was featured in the Floating Homes Association’s most recent newsletter about recycling to the max. It was priced for only $475,000 and had a great wrap around deck. Another pending sale is over in Westlake Cove – a well maintained co-op dock along the shores of Westlake in Lake Union. This one was priced at $575,000 for a shore side remodeled 2 bedroom. Recently one of the Roanoke Reef homes sold as well. It was adjacent to the parking garage there and on the inside of the dock. It was listed as a two bedroom, but had a small office that could be used to sleep in for more space. It had one of the best roof top decks I have ever seen! Listing price was $1,400,000 and it sold for full price in 30 days!

The verdict? Seattle floating homes are a good investment and selling well – even in the fall months last year, they still sold well. It truly is the ultimate in Seattle waterfront living.

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

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