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Seattle Houseboats For Sale: 2031 Fairview Ave E #G

Looking for Seattle houseboats for sale?

We just listed this gorgeous Seattle floating home on The Lake Union dock!  In looking at Seattle houseboats around the lake, this is one of two that are for sale right now that we really like. It is on a very large float and has a lot to offer for the perfect Seattle waterfront lifestyle.

If you would like to see it, please call Molly 206-841-6800 or email us at seattlehouseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Open Houses:

Thursday 11AM – 1PM

Sunday 1PM – 4PM

2031 Fairview Ave E #Gseattle houseboats

Marketing Remarks From the Listing in the NWMLS:

Second from the end on one of Eastlake’s most charming docks, this one level floating home offers an amazing lifestyle afloat on Lake Union! Situated on one of the larger floats on the lake, this well built Cape Cod home features newer appliances, newer roof (with stairs for rooftop access and big views), maple hardwoods, french doors, and a real working fireplace. Catch all the action on the lake from your living room or front deck and enjoy the security of ownership a cooperative dock offers.

$975,000

Seattle Floating Home Features

Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, French Doors, High Tech Cabling, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-in Closet

Additional Information on this home:

  • Property Description Cable TV, Deck, Dock, Fully Fenced, High Speed Internet, Moorage
  • Taxes $1,993
  • Waterfront Lake, No Bank
  • View Lake, City
  • Lot Size 0.00 Acre (1 SqFt)
  • Exterior Wood
  • Fireplaces 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling Other-See Remarks
  • Roof Composition Roof
  • Flooring Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor
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Seattle Houseboats Real Estate Market Holiday Update

Dead of  Seattle winter during the holiday break… what could possibly be shaking down on Seattle Houseboats real estate?


 

Seattle houseboatsNot a ton, although, if you are a buyer, this is a great time to get out there because you have no competition on the lake or otherwise.

Right now there are only a couple choices in Seattle floating homes for sale and they are both priced between $1.1M and $1.6M – one in Eastlake and one in Portage Bay.

As far as recent sold Seattle houseboats, Molly and I listed the little guy in Portage bay at 3012 Fuhrman Ave N, Slip #D for $229,000 and it closed just before Christmas on 12/19 with a final sales price of $235,000.  We also listed and sold the Seattle floating home on 2331 Fairview Ave E, Slip #A which closed on 10/31/2014 and had a final selling price of $345,000.

Other recent Seattle floating homes for sale that have closed in escrow are as follows:Seattle houseboats

2207 Fairview Ave E #1  Listed for $800,000 and sold for $730,000  2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths 986 sq feet closed 12/9/2014

2351 Fairview Ave E #K Listed for $1,150,000 and sold for $1,100,000 2 bedrooms, 1.75 baths 1300 square feet closed on 11/14/2014

There are quite a few off market Lake Union and Portage Bay Seattle houseboats opportunities at the moment as well.  Spring will being more of these listings to light, so let us know what you are looking for and we will keep you in mind as they come up. Molly 206-841-6800 Courtney 206-850-8841 houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

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Seattle Houseboats: What A Difference A Few Weeks Makes In The Floating Home World!

Wow!  What a difference a few weeks makes for Seattle houseboats.


If you want to go back and review my Seattle Floating Homes Market Report from September, then please do so. In the course of three days in the first week or so in October, four Seattle floating homes went pending and one closed in escrow! There are only five Seattle floating homes for sale currently and only 2 of those are under $600k.

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Seattle Houseboats:  What A Difference A Few Weeks Makes In The Floating Home World!

Seattle houseboats for sale:  Of the five floating homes available for sale, here is the info:  These range in price from $550,000 to $1,890,000 with a median list price of $1,100,000.  Of these, my favorite is 2017 Fairview Ave E , Slip #O. It has owned moorage – the only one under $600 that owns its own slip.  It is well done, charming, updated, and on a great dock. They are also offering $6000 to go towards your closing costs. It’s a steal…

Pending in the MLS: There are 5 pending Seattle floating homes per the NWMLS.  These Seattle houseboats range in price from $345,000 to $1,300,000.

Seattle houseboats SOLD:  2369 Fairview Ave E #2 has closed in escrow! This is a luxury floating home on the high end Fairview Landing dock. It was listed for $2,950,000 and had a final sales price of $2,850,000 (96.61% sales price to list price). The home is a 3 bedroom 1.75 bath 2150 square foot “houseboat” built in 2009. It sold for $1,325.58 per square foot.


Would you like more information on these sales or Seattle floating homes both off and on the market? 

Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841 courtney@cooperjacobs.com

Molly Cartwright 206.841.6800 molly@cooperjacobs.com

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate:  Seattle Houseboats Realtors

Seattle Houseboats: Catching Up With The Seattle Floating Homes Market Sept 2014

Summary:  Great Choices Available unless you want The Sleepless In Seattle Houseboat.june2010b 275

All year long, the story has been low inventory, low inventory, low inventory.  Now we have inventory.  Typically August is pretty quiet for Seattle houseboats sales, so it was no surprise to see that August was slow again. The real surprise, though, was the whole new crop of Seattle floating homes listings that have come on the market.  We have some really cool choices right now which span into every price range.

The 2014 Seattle floating home tour was a success this year and definitely increased interest in this great community.  Add to the the Boats Afloat show this weekend and I would say life on Lake Union is about as exciting as it can be aside from The Fourth Of July! If you are entering the Seattle houseboats world or already a houseboat buyer candidate, then this is truly your time to buy.  Seattle houseboats sellers are motivated because the inventory increase has added competition for the sale of their home.  Buyers are able to pick up some great floating homes right now.

So here are the Seattle houseboats that have sold in the floating home world (both on market and off market that I know about):

seattle houseboats for sale1. Sleepless in Seattle:  All the buzz is about Sleepless.  The house where Tom Hanks resided in while Meg Ryan chased after him in the original stalker movie – before stalking was actually even a thing besides in National Geographic and horror flicks… The Sleepless in Seattle houseboat has an amazing main level and a very dated upper level which I am sure the new owner will remedy.  It has one of the largest floats on the lake and also one of the largest moorage spaces on Lake Union if you have a boat you want to tie up to your house. It is definitely worth the over two million paid for it.  Molly and I almost sold it a couple times in the last year or so for over two million so we weren’t surprised. I knew it had been sold a couple months ago and put it here in my blog, but was politely asked to not report it yet.  The secret is out.  It is sold. Over two million dollars and a great deal in my opinion for one of the Duck Tour’s favorite shout outs on Lake Union.

2. Two floating homes on the 2025 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation dock also closed in the last 30 days. Slip M was a 625 square foot 1 bedroom and 1 bath houseboat built in 1930.  It was listed for $495,000 and after 428 days on market sold for 93.54% of its list price at $420,000.  Also on that dock was slip H – South facing 900 square foot floating home built in 1917, but updated.  Molly and I listed this one for $725,000 and it sold for full price 34 days later.

Seattle Houseboats Pending in Escrow – The Big news on the Lake and I mean big as in expensive and beautiful and amazing is that the Fairview Landing (2369 Fairview Ave E) Seattle luxury floating home listed for $2,950,000 is pending in escrow.  This is a lovely modern concrete dock with beautiful Seattle luxury floating homes and although this particular floating home is on the North side, the neighbors are amazing and so is the house. It’s a big sale on the lake and happy for the new buyers to have gotten on to this phenomenal gated dock.

What’s for sale now in the Seattle floating home world?seattle houseboats

Seattle houseboats for sale are in all price ranges right now – ranging from an unheard of low in Eastlake houseboats for $365,000 (1 bedroom on Tenas Chuck dock) to Roanoke Reef at $1,890,000.  We love the Tenas Chuck floating home for someone wanting to get on to the lake.

We also love 2017 Fairview Ave , Slip O – 2 bedroom home on a great dock for $617,000!  This one is so cute and appeals to many.  Good choice on one of the most well run coops on the lake. As far as the nicer homes go, we really love the house in Westlake listed for $1,299,000 at 2466 Westlake Ave N, Slip 7. You can have a FORTY FOOT BOAT tied up to your house there and it has been absolutely loved by its current owners.

seattle houseboatsAdditional reading about these Seattle houseboats:

Summary Of Seattle Houseboats

Seattle Houseboats Market Update Details

Please call or email me or Molly if you want to see anything listed on the lake  – or unlisted 🙂  We can show you any home listed by any broker and look forward to showing you some of our favorite spots on the lake. Molly Cartwright  206.841.6800  Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841

 

Floating Home For Rent in Eastlake – RENTED!

RENTED!
A pristine floating home for rent in the totally hip and walkable Eastlake neighborhood.  Please email me directly:  molly@cooperjacobs.com if you are interested.  Serious inquiries only please.
Details:
$3,300 per month
One Bedroom, One Bath, Approximately 670 sq ft.
Full size washer/dryer
Open Floor plan with updated kitchen + breakfast bar.
Covered Wrap around deck and 20′ of moorage.  Full turnaround waterway.
Water, Sewer, Garbage, and moorage all included.
First and last month’s required plus $1,500 deposit, and a $25 application fee.  References please.  No pets.  Nonsmoking.

Available 6/1/14 – but there is an opportunity to move in by 5/15/14.

This opportunity doesn’t come around often.  A one year lease is required.  Please include proof of renters insurance and liability.  Thank you!  An OPEN HOUSE will be scheduled by appointment only.

Brand New Seattle Houseboats Listing!

Welcome to Life Afloat on Lake Union!

Seattle houseboats for saleThe Seattle Floating Homes Market In General: If you have been watching the Seattle houseboats market at all, then you know that there have not been a lot to choose from as of late.  Seattle floating homes have trickled onto the market very slowly and many have sold off market as demand increases. It is our pleasure to introduce this gem into the mix as it is a great spot to call home in Seattle!

2025 Fairview Ave E #H

Rare second from the end South facing Lake Union floating home in Eastlake with incredible features. Great interior spaces, French Doors to the back deck which opens up to a large channel and easy Lake action.

Enjoy relaxing in your “backyard” on your grandfathered in accessory float, plus there is space to put your own small boat alongside. Coveted Co-Op Owned Lake Union Moorage Slip and a well maintained floating home all on one of the most well run docks in the city.  This is truly an opportunity and it isnt often that these come up so close to the end of the dock. $725,000

Some of the basics on this Seattle floating home for sale:

  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bath
  • 900 Square Feet
  • Large decks and storage areas
  • Owned Moorage
  • Accessory Float is “grandfathered in”
  • Room for a boat along side
  • Room for expansion

Although it is almost always more expensive dollar per square foot to purchase a Seattle houseboat, the low dues and low taxes make this home more affordable than a land home overall. They are quite a unique way to live in the city and Molly or I would be happy to tell you about it. Let us know, please, if you are interested in seeing this Seattle floating home or other Seattle houseboats for sale. We are happy to show you our favorites and walk you through the steps of purchasing one.

Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 Courtney@CooperJacobs.com

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 Molly@CooperJacobs.com


OK – So Basically You Have Three Choices…

Seattle Houseboats market staying afloat…

We know of a few Seattle floating homes that have sold recently off market including a front row Roanoke Reef floating home …  Molly and I also know of at least two others about to hit the market so stay tuned, but if you are interested in looking at Seattle houseboats right now, you have three choices.

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Molly and I recommend this 950 square foot Seattle floating home with a rooftop deck.  It is listed for $499,950.  Here are the remarks from the MLS listing for this Eastlake houseboat:

This is a great opportunity to live life afloat and own your own moorage and great well run co-op dock! Extremely stylish floating home has a beautiful owner’s suite perched on the second floor. Nice open floor plan, kitchen with stainless steel appliances opening up to a casual great room. Fun decks and spaces, plus a roof top deck!

The other two choices are within the same Log Foundation co-op dock.  There is an adorable one on the same dock listed at $449,000 and then a couple docks South but still within the Log Foundation is an end of dock Seattle floating home still located in the Log Foundation and listed for $2,888,000.  It is on the most southern Seattle floating home dock in Eastlake so imagine the Seattle skyline views you have from there! It is supreme.

There is one other “on market” option and that is the very last homesite available at Wards’s Cove.  Ward’s Cove is the newest Seattle floating home dock and 11 out of the 12 slips have sold. It was listed for $630,000, but is currently under $600,000.  Ward’s Cove offers many amenities and some well designed floating home plan options, PLUS it is fee simple ownership.  This is RARE.  Another rare perk?  Parking!

Please let myself or Molly know if you are interested in any of these or if you would like to see something else we may have upcoming…  206.850.8841 or 206.841.6800 courtney@cooperjacobs.com or molly@cooperjacobs.com

Seattle Floating Homes Spring 2014 Update

Happy Spring, Seattle! Seattle Houseboats! I always love Spring because we start to see more Seattle floating homes coming on the real estate market. This has not been the case as of yet, but Molly and I are hopeful that the inventory will increase as the days grow warmer and the sky starts being blue more than grey.

Currently there are three Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS.  They are all on one of the three Log Foundation docks.  There are two Seattle houseboats for sale on the 2025 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation Dock.  They are priced at $449,000 for a 625 square foot one bedroom floating home ($718.40/sq ft) and $499,950 for a 950 square foot one bedroom floating home ($526.26/sq foot).  In addition to these Seattle houseboats, there is a 3 bedroom end of dock Seattle floating home for sale on the 2017 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation Dock. Again End of dock houseboat so price is set at $2,888,000 for 1000 square feet ($2,888/sq ft).

Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

In the MLS, there is one Seattle floating home pending, but Molly and I sold an additional off market Seattle floating home on the Roanoke Reef dock in the last couple of weeks and so we know of two pending overall. The three bedroom over at Portage Bay Place is 1500 square feet and listed for $750,000.  It is currently pending in escrow so we will keep you posted on what it sells for.  The Roanoke Reef floating home we sold is on the coveted front row of the Roanoke Reef dock located at 10 E Roanoke Street in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.  The asking price? $2,150,000.  It is scheduled to close soon so we can share additional details after it closes, but are very excited to have been able to facilitate this one.

Overall, it is the same story:  Low Inventory.  Seattle houseboats are the ultimate in Seattle Waterfront Living℠ so there is always a demand. We have several cash buyers waiting to pounce on the right one, so let us know if you are even thinking about selling. We know our Seattle houseboats buyers well and can tell immediately if your home will be a good fit for them or if you would be better served to put it on the open market.  We look forward to hearing from you and hope you have a lovely Spring and Summer!

Here is our info if you are curious what your home is worth:  Courtney@CooperJacobs.com 206.850.8841 or Molly@CooperJacobs.com 206.841.6800

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Seattle Houseboats On Lake Union In Eastlake: Floating Home On The Market

Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

Interested in dipping your feet into Lake Union’s Houseboat Community?

Seattle floating homes are few and far between – there are around 500 of them in the city and only about a dozen sell each year.  Here is a one bedroom with a rooftop deck:  2025 Fairview Ave E  It is a really good option if you want a nice combination of modern and Seattle houseboat living.  Seattle houseboats offer a unique perspective to waterfront living.

The “Higher” Costs Of Living on A Seattle Floating Home:

Many Seattle floating homes buyers are misinformed as to the cost of living on these.  Yes, dollar for dollar as far as square footage goes, there is a premium, but compared to other Seattle waterfront homes, this seems irrelevant.  The interesting part is that the cost of actually living in a Seattle floating home is significantly less than a land home once you purchase it.  The taxes are less and the dues cover a lot of the utilities you would pay more for in a land home.  For instance, the taxes on this Seattle floating home are only around $2000/year.  In a land home, they would be $3000 or more easily.

Here is the description of this Seattle houseboat from the MLS:

This is a great opportunity to live life afloat and own your own moorage and great well run co-op dock! Extremely stylish floating home has a beautiful owner’s suite perched on the second floor. Nice open floor plan, kitchen with stainless steel appliances opening up to a casual great room. Fun decks and spaces, plus a roof top deck!

Let us know if you are interested in a private showing of this Seattle floating home or others.  We can help you find Seattle floating homes on and off the market and have our fingers on the pulse of this market.  We are happy to help you whether you are buying or selling and will work hard for you!

Molly Cartwright (Molly@CooperJacobs.com 206.841.6800) or Courtney Cooper (Courtney@CooperJacobs.com 206.850.8841)

Seattle Houseboats For Sale & Rent – What’s Been Happening Out There With Us Is Good For YOU

Wow!  After a bit of a lull for Seattle Houseboats, a lot is happening out there on Lake Union!2207 fairview ave e

You may have read recently in Molly’s article about one of the Seattle houseboats for rent.  The interesting thing about that is that I also had that houseboat listed for sale and have had this particular Seattle floating home for sale for a few months now. The very day the seller is about to sign a lease, we got not only one offers, but two – multiple offers after months!  In addition to that, after Molly was able to secure a buyer for the floating home, we received multiple inquiries about it.  It goes back to the thing I have always said about homes that have been on the market and then all of the sudden sell because they get some kind of energy in them and all of the sudden everyone want the house!

So the current status of Seattle floating home for sale on the Flo Villa Dock is now pending inspection.  You can see more details about it here: 2207 Fairview Ave E

seattle floating homes for saleAnother One Goes Pending on Fairview:

You may have read one of our postings about Seattle Houseboats Open Houses. The latest one we did also has sold and is pending in escrow at the moment.  This particular property is toward the end of the dock and quite substantial.  If you are looking at a potential luxury floating home on Lake Union, then this one has all the makings of it in potential.  As is, the houseboat is particularly charming and has one of the largest footprints on the lake.  The upside of this one is what you could do with it if you ever thought about expanding.  One could most likely have a three thousand square foot Seattle floating home with a killer view of Lake Union, the Space needle, and the city skyline. It already has an amazing view as a one level houseboat and a great reinforced new roof and stairs for a rooftop deck. This one is a rarity and it has been a pleasure representing it.

Molly was able to help the buyers get all of their float and interior inspections done and together we have been able to give them professional referrals for everything form insurance providers to mortgage lenders. We have coordinated escrow and made this a carefree transaction for both buyer and seller. It is one of the reasons we work so well together and make a great team!  You can read more about this Seattle houseboat for sale here: 2031 Fairview Ave E

We are so excited to finish the end of the year this way, but don’t want to stop!  There are a lot more buyers out there looking for a Seattle floating home and as a result we want more Seattle houseboats to sell!  You can see all Seattle floating homes for sale and Seattle houseboats for sale on our corporate site. Contact us please if you are interested in buying or selling houseboats. Thank you, Courtney.  courtney@cooperjacobs.com or call or text meat 206.850.8841

New Houseboat For Rent in Eastlake! Update: SOLD!

2207 fairview ave eI will be holding an OPEN HOUSE for this beautiful floating home this week.

If you’re interested, stop by this Wednesday October 23rd from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at 2207 Fairview Ave E #8 to apply.

Details:
2 bedrooms
3/4 bathroom
900 square feet
vaulted ceilings
washer/dryer
gas cooking range
hardwoods
iron wood decking
moorage for a boat
an amazing opportunity to live on one of the best docks and equally great neighborhood
walkability strong and bike score 71

please no pets (consideration to service pets)

$2500 p/m
$2000 deposit
$200 cleaning fee
6 month lease

For further questions, contact Molly Cartwright at molly@cooperjacobs.com

Floating Home Open House This Sunday 1-3pm Update: SOLD!

_MG_0323This Sunday proves to be another beautiful Fall day in Seattle.  It’s a great time to walk around Lake Union’s Cheshiahud Loop and stop in at 2031 Fairview Ave Ebetween 1:00 and 3:00pm for my open house.

_MG_0336Enjoy beautiful views on the roof top of this updated 1800 square foot floating home.  Opportunity knocks!  Design and build your own second story – a chance of a lifetime to own one of Seattle’s most unique and fascinating pieces of real estate on the water.

2031 Fairview Ave E “G” – walk all the way down the dock.  Last floating home on the left.

For more info – give me a ring at 206-841-6800 or molly@cooperjacobs.com

Urban Seattle Houseboat for Sale

Urban Seattle Houseboat for Sale
night exteriorMeet Urban 5: a houseboat unparalleled in construction and design. Built in 2010, local builder Urban Houseboats Incorporated spared no expense building this beauty with an all-aluminum hull for virtually zero maintenance, a smart pontoon system with black and gray water tanks concealed inside, and a gorgeous compliment of cedar and steel siding.  The comfortable 48×14 interior space is warm and inviting with finished birch walls and bamboo accents.  A smart and artistic ceiling of cork is another eco-friendly choice.

Main level: Built in desk and drawers, perfect space for those workaholics. Thoughtful walk-in closet right across the hall from the three quarter bathroom. Spotless stainless steel kitchen appliances with large counter space and storage.  Bamboo floors. Cozy media area with gas fireplace opens up to one of the outdoor decks.  A great way to entertain!

Upstairs: Walk out of your lofty bedroom to the expansive circular deck upstairs.  Relaxing views of Gas Works Park, Mt. Rainier, city views, and of course all the activity of Lake Union including both people and wildlife.

A permanent liveaboard slip at only $647 per month.  Pets ok!  Enjoy ample parking and walk to some great local deli’s or South Lake Union’s plethora of activity.

 

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Contact Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper for a private tour or for more information.

molly@cooperjacobs.com  /  Courtney@cooperjacobs.com

 

Seattle Floating Homes: Private, Convenient, Affordable.

2331 #CRooftop04Whether you are the first or the last Seattle floating home on the dock, you are setting yourself up for success and happiness. The first floating home on the dock translates into privacy.  You have one (or sometimes two) less neighbors on either side.  Loading or unloading a car makes it more convenient.  Living close to shore also means less walking down a dock in the rain or wind with  a hand full of groceries.

It’s also affordable.  End of dock homes fetch around $1M + price tags while an inside slip is much more affordable yet still the same fantastic lifestyle.  Roof top views, moorage for a craft, outside decks – all features or attainable with inside slips.

If you’ve ever thought about owning a floating home because you love the peacefulness of the water then now is the time!  Two beautiful Seattle floating homes for sale with all the above qualities. Financing available if you qualify.  Ask us about lender options.

 

Are you a floating home candidate?  Check yes for all those apply.seattle houseboats
down sizing, minimizing, simplifying, like to go swimming at midnight, designate happy hour on your rooftop deck at 2pm, your home office with space needle views, walk to a delicious café, hop onto I-5 or your bike for an easy commute, ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar or walk to Pete’s Market for your daily needs, hop in your water craft that is right outside your door, watch the fireworks on the 4th of July and save two hours not driving to them.  If you travel for business or pleasure or just want an in-city retreat then floating homes are perfect.  Homes are stationary to a private dock and if needbe, you have watchful neighbors to water the plants and feed the cat while you’re away.

Thanks for reading!  Call Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper for all your Seattle Floating Home questions to buy or list a floating home.
Molly 206-.841.6800
Courtney  206-850-8841

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale: Open House Is Hopping!

2207 fairview ave eSeattle Houseboats For Sale on Lake Union

Still Afloat In Seattle: Just listed this week!

UPDATE: THIS SEATTLE FLOATING HOME IS SOLD

This Seattle floating home has been remodeled from the studs out with thoughtful finishes throughout. Soaring ceilings and lots of windows invite the summer days in and keep it light and bright during the dull grey season.

Enjoy the security of living in one of the floating homes with coveted owned moorage plus space to tie your own boat up to. It’s a well run dock on Lake Union in the heart of Seattle.

You can find out more about this Seattle floating home and this houseboat dock here:

2207 Fairview Ave E

Listed at $849,000

If you are interested in all Seattle floating homes for sale, you can see them from all realtors and all real estate companies on our corporate floating homes page where we showcase all Seattle floating homes listings:

Seattle floating homes for sale

  • 2 bedrooms
  • A lovely remodeled bath
  • Large loft
  • Large deck
  • Moorage for your boat
  • Great dock

You can also contact me if you have questions about the lifestyle in general or need more information about this very specialized corner of real estate. Courtney@CooperJacobs.com

 

Can You Move A Floating Home?

The Big Move: Moving A Seattle Dilapidated Houseboat And Bringing In A New One…

The old Houseboat # O on the 2017 Dock

Seattle floating homes are moored “permanently” to the docks they are on, but from time to time, it is necessary to move out dilapidated houseboats and bring in new ones or a recycled one in this case.  This is an amazing set of pictures from an event that doesn’t happen very often.

The Tug boat doing all the moving

Jann McFarland wrote a great article in the Floating Homes Association Spring 2010 Newsletter about this particular move and one of the floating homes owner on the dock was kind enough to share her photos and give me permission to publish them here (Thank you Carole!).  Both Carole and I thought it was a nice piece of houseboat history and worth sharing.

This particular houseboat move took place on 2017 Fairview Ave E on one of the Log Foundation co-op docks. It was in October of 2009 and according to Jann’s article it took almost two years to get the proper permits in place to make this feat happen.

Houseboat O’s Lake Union moorage slip is not at the end of the dock or even near the end of the dock.  In addition, the channel between that dock and the next dock over isn’t wide enough to bring an entire houseboat in or out so how do they do it?

Moving the houseboats out to the lake

Very carefully with lots of planning and cooperation from many involved.

Tugboat pushing in the replacement houseboat

Last one to be moved out before Houseboat O

It is more than just moving the floating homes in or out.  There are permits, contracts, utilities, insurance, and more, plus you have to get all of the owners on board on the same day for the move.

One by one, the floating homes on the dock are moved out to make a wide channel to bring the old home out and the new one in.  It was an all day event and involved many people coordinating their efforts.

The tug boat moved each of the floating homes on the North side of the 2017 dock out to the lake and rafted them together while the replacement houseboat was brought in.  The dock got a recycled Portage Bay floating home and brought it in place of the older houseboat being taken out.

The newer houseboat O was brought in and fixed up and it sold in less than a month for full price at $475,000 – quite a bargain actually for the size, condition, and location.  The Log Foundation Co-op is a group of Seattle floating homes owners that cooperatively own the three South most docks on Fairview Ave E in Eastlake.  It is a great houseboat community  and worth a look if you are interested in living on a Seattle houseboat.  Currently there are three Seattle houseboats for sale on the Log Foundation docks – they range in price from $495,000 to $749,000.

*Thanks to Carole Nielson for the photographs and permission to use.

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