Seattle Houseboats: Enduring Over 100 Years And Still Floating. This particular one hasn’t been around quite that long, but long enough for it to be a site!
Yes. It floats.
Seattle houseboats have been afloat for over one hundred years now. It all started when a few resourceful and down on their luck people decided to basically start tying loose logs up and forming rafts. A little time before 1909 Seattle came up with an ingenious way to raise money for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. This world’s fair eventually shaped the campus of The University Of Washington! And it was financed largely by the beginnings of Seattle houseboats:
Over one hundred years ago the city of Seattle platted and sold the submerged “parcels” in Lake Union to the adjacent waterfront property land owners. This enabled docks to be built and Seattle houseboats to be moored to them. It was quite a popular and thrifty idea! The city now regulates them heavily and as a result of this regulation, Seattle houseboats have dwindled down considerably from well over two thousand Seattle houseboats at one time to just around five hundred or so of the floating home variety. They are scattered throughout Lake Union and in Portage Bay.
The Seattle houseboats market has had a dwindling inventory and we are down to just a couple options right now in the floating homes world. This particular home is my favorite. “Annie O” is her nick name. She is houseboat “O” because the slips on the dock are lettered according to the alphabet, but I like her nick name personally. She is a jewel and is priced perfectly at $599,000. Two bedrooms are not always easy to come by in the land of Seattle houseboats, but this is a beautiful two bedroom and it has been lovingly restored by the famous Sid McFarland and also upgraded and improved by its current owner who has a real artist’s eye. If this doesn’t make you want to go buy a boat or a kayak to tie up to it, then that is okay because there is lots to do in this community. Annie O happens to be on one of the very best docks in one of the very best co-ops on Lake Union. You will own the slip you and your home are in so there is security of knowing that this log pack is not going anywhere. Let us know if you would like more information on this perfect little Lake Union gem! Molly: 206.841.6800 or Courtney 206.850.8841 Please call or text for more info.