Current Seattle Floating Homes Market – What is Happening Out There?

Besides rain, snow, and dull darkness?  A touch of sun here and a glimpse of blue sky there. The current Seattle houseboats market is stirring up as we trudge through Winter and many are starting to think about getting their floating homes and houseboats ready for the Spring 2011 market.

So, Current Seattle Houseboats Market – What is Happening Out There with floating homes on Lake Union and in Portage Bay?

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It is hard to weed through the actual Seattle floating homes in the NWMLS right now.  The code for them is 24-Houseboats, but that code is also used for houseboats that are vessels and more recently has been used for Lake Union moorage sites at Ward’s Cove.  In addition, there is a land home also mixed in with the houseboats because it is at the head of the dock… This can all be confusing for the consumer, so I have gone through and weeded through all the houseboat listings and pulled the Seattle floating homes from them.

There are only 6  Seattle floating homes for sale right now – 3 in Westlake, 3 in Eastlake, and no Portage Bay floating homes.  If your houseboat is on the market, then that is good news for you because competition is low.   Interested buyers in floating homes have increased in the last two weeks noticeably for us. This is getting the current Seattle houseboats for sale a lot more attention than in the previous holiday months.

Westlake houseboats for sale – There are three Seattle houseboats for sale in Westlake Cove right now.  They range in price from $299,000 to $850,000.  Westlake Cove is near the Fremont Bridge and on the Lake Union Loop with very easy parking and quick access Downtown – a perfect spot for Amazon employees or anyone coming to work at The Gates Foundation.

Eastlake Houseboats for sale – Also on the Lake Union Loop, there are also three Seattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake.  These range in price from $495,000 for a Seattle floating home on a leased dock to $3,450,000 for a contemporary wonder on the Fairview Landings dock.

Summary Seattle Houseboats data on actives– Seattle floating homes for sale range from $299,000 to $3,450,000 with an average of $1,020,494 and median list price of $562,475.

Pending Sales – There is one floating home on one of the Sleepless In Seattle docks that is pending at $975,000.

Last 30 days of escrow closings – Winter has been slow.  Over at Lee’s Mooring – 933 N Northlake Way Houseboat #14 closed on 1/12/2011.  It was listed for $799,950 and on the market for 249 days.  It sold for 90.88% of its list price with a final sales price of $727,000.

What’s Next?

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If you are a Seattle houseboat buyer, come out and see the inventory.  If you have seen them before, come see them again.  Sellers are willing to negotiate and your best opportunity is now before the market heats up.

If you are a Seattle houseboat seller, the inventory is low and that means competition is low. There are less buyers, but you can be sure to get in front of them.  As Spring approaches, think about what improvements or sprucing up you can do to get your houseboat ready for the market.

Call or email me if you want to see anything or need a check list:) 206-850-8841/courtney@seattleafloat.com

Seattle Houseboats For Sale Right Now Have Great Range In Price Points

Seattle Houseboats For Sale Right Now Have Great Range In Price Points – There really is something out there for everyone, but what makes them so different in price?

There are currently 13 Active Seattle Houseboats for sale right now in the MLS. Lots of good choices and most of them boast owned Lake Union moorage for their slips whether it be fee simple as in Roanoke Reef, condominium moorage or cooperative moorage. Only 2 of the 13 are on leased moorage – this means they do not own the slip their homes are in, but rather rent it from the owner.

Priced in Seattle floating homes range greatly right now from $325,000 for a charming Seattle houseboat in Westlake to more than ten times that price at $3,800,000 for a high end newer custom beauty on the Eastlake side.

Variables in Seattle houseboats can range from type of houseboat moorage (owned or leased) to size and style of construction or even bells and whistles as every floating home is different.

Here is a good list to consider when wondering how a Seattle houseboat is priced:

  • Type of moorage for the houseboat slip itself (leased or owned)
  • If owned, what type (condo, fee simple, co-op, or combo)
  • The strength of the dock members itself (some docks are going to be better than others in terms of finances , maintenance, and cohesiveness of dock members overall.
  • moorage for a boat – if so how big of a slip?
  • Parking?
  • Dues/taxes
  • age/maintenance/upkeep of floating home itself
  • roof top?
  • square footage?
  • gas on dock?
  • views?
  • pet policy?
  • nearby amenities
  • is there a DNR lease?
  • outdoor spaces and connectivity to water
  • channel views between docks
  • type of construction/type of float
  • security

There are of course other factors as each individual has different preferences.  It is just difficult to give Seattle floating homes an overall dollar per square foot estimate as each one is so different.  You can only compare them to recent sales to get numbers.

For instance, we recently sold a beautiful Portage Bay floating home at 1214 E Hamlin #3 for $645,000.  It is a one bedroom with roughly 800 square feet.  This makes the two bedroom  2321 Fairview #3 a complete bargain at it’s listed asking price of $595,000.  You can also find amazing prices on the Westlake Floating homes near Fremont – with easy walk to tons of life in Fremont, Queen Anne, or Downtown, not to mention of course South Lake Union.  Call if you want to check them out 206-850-8841

Seattle Floating Homes Houseboat Market Wrap Up

Seattle Floating Homes Houseboat Market Wrap Up –

A lot can happen in a week or two!  The Seattle housbeoat market seems to be heating up a bit –

Recent Seattle Houseboats moving from Active status in the MLS –

Charles Buell During A Seattle Floating Homes Inspection

Pending Properties range from a Portage Bay Houseboat on Hamlin Street listed for $645,000 to a beautiful end of dock Eastlake Seattle floating home with huge sweeping views of the city priced at $2,250,000.  In between there are two other pending sales in both Westlake and Portage Bay.  The median price of these Seattle Houseboats for sale in the MLS is $845,000.  In addition to these pending houseboats, there is one that has sold and closed in the last month.  2031 Fairview Ave E #E was listed at $749,000 and sold for $676,500 in 62 days on market which is much lower than the current average days on market of 143 days.

Seattle Houseboats for Sale in the MLS right now –

Lots to choose from in EVERY price range and style.  Current offerings range from $325,000 for a 100 year old historical beauty to $3,800,000 for a newer concrete floating architectural wonder complete with underwater porthole windows.  Although there is a big range, the median list price of the current offerings is at $622,475.  You can find Seattle floating homes for sale right now in Westlake, University District, Northlake, Eastlake, and Portage Bay – both owned and leased dock moorage is attached to various properties so make sure and get the details about each type.

Want to see more info on what is out there including listing photos and virtual tours?

A view across to Eastlake Houseboats from the Sleepless in Seattle Dock

Here are some useful links, but make sure and call me if you want to see something or just have questions.  You can also text or email me if that is easier.  (courtney@SeattleAfloat.com / 206-850-8841)

Seattle Houseboats for Sale (all current listings no matter who lists them)

2321 Fairview Ave E – Really great 2 bedroom with loft and rooftop deck available right now $595,000

Eastlake Houseboat – check out this state of the art modern houseboat featured in upcoming issue of Coastal Living

Historical Houseboat For Sale – $325,000  – and amazing buy and the most affordable Seattle floating home on the market in some time.

Almost Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat – often mistaken for the movie icon, this Seattle houseboat is a great buy!

Some fun sites with Seattle Houseboat Docks Pictures –

2369 Fairview (Fairview Landing)   Roanoke Reef Houseboats Mallard Cove Houseboats (2600 Fairview)

Seattle Houseboats Open Houses: Sunday August 22nd

Seattle Houseboats Open Houses:  Sunday August 22nd –  Lake Union floating homes for sale!

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Seattle Houseboat Open House Info Provided by Courtney Cooper, Designated Broker for Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services and Founder of SeattleAfloat.com

There are 15  Seattle floating homes on the Seattle real estate market right now with a wide range of afford ability from $325,000 for a great Westlake houseboat to $2,250,000 for a lovely newer end of dock 2800 square foot beauty.  

Come see these two beautiful Seattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake right now:

  • Absolutely charming Seattle floating home has vintage 1930s appeal coupled with modern touches like newly remodeled upscale bath with radiant stone floors and beautiful fixtures.  Hardwoods, gas fireplace and cooking, wrap around deck, roof top deck, double Lake Union boat moorage, 2 bedrooms plus a sleeping loft and room to go up if you want to take in more of the lovely Lake Union views this houseboat offers. Only $595,000 for a lot of Lake Union moorage, square footage, and charm! Co-op owned dock with low dues and low taxes on this beautiful floating home –2321Fairview Ave E #3.  (OH!  This dock will be featured on the upcoming 2010 Seattle Floating Homes Association Floating Homes Tour.)
  • Modern and sleek newly built Seattle Eastlake houseboat on condo owned dock with Lake Union moorage and included electric boat.  This one is loaded with high tech gadgets and features, people and pet friendly, and a one of a kind find.  Featured in upcoming Coastal Living magazine!  2 bedrooms, roof top deck, hand finished everything – this one is built with details in every inch!  $925,000 and included moorage for houseboat and companion boat – low dues, more!

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Want more info about Seattle houseboats or a private tour?

If you want a private tour of available Seattle floating homes for sale – both on and off the market, please feel free to get in touch with Courtney Cooper at Courtney@SeattleAfloat.com

Sunday Seattle Houseboat Open Houses!

Sunday Seattle Houseboat Open Houses

Come see the best Seattle houseboats on Lake Union!

Sunday, August 1st 1PM-4PM

Our Eastlake Houseboats that are open:

2321 Fairview Ave E #3:  Gorgeous and classic Seattle floating home on floating log foundation, well maintained, charming with wood floors, radiant slate bathroom, beautiful vaulted ceilings, large wrap around deck, double moorage, and more – all on co-op owned moorage dock!  2 bedrooms plus a sleeping loft which is a dream come true and a roof top deck with big views of Lake Union.   $595,000

11 E Allison St, Houseboat #3:  Condo Owned Moorage Dock with Eco-friendly Modern built houseboat – every detail was brought to this houseboat with Eco touches like Paper Stone countertops and recycled blue jean insulation. 2 bedrooms, heated deck off living room, expansive roof top deck, plus moorage slip for included 14 foot Duffy electric boat.  $925,000

Cruise around the lake to the other side and take in the lovely Westlake floating homes we have open:

Houseboat D on the Westlake Cove Dock (2764 Westlake Ave N #D) was built in 1910 and is just wonderful.  Recently featured on The Today Show, the price is ridiculously low for a Seattle floating home.  It is a great condo alternative in city with low monthly dues of only $300/month (includes water, sewer, garbage, and taxes on owned dock) and yearly taxes on the houseboat of only $584!  Just steps from Fremont, but a great place for any Amazon relocation employees looking for easy convenient housing that happens to be the best Seattle living in town!  Sleeping loft and large kitchen plus great den/office or  half bedroom. $325,000

2764 Westlake Ave N #C: Often mistaken for the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat by tourists according to the owner, this quirky Seattle floating home is a spacious 2 bedroom with a huge deck and moorage available up to 20 feet for a boat.  Wonderful fun bamboo touches and other great features including a sauna!  low dues, owned dock moorage, low taxes!  $489,000

Feel free to email if you would like private showings of these amazing Lake Union homes or others on the lake, too!  homes@SeattleAfloat.com

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