Looking at Seattle houseboats for sale? Okay, so it’s technically a Seattle house barge. What’s the difference you ask?
There are three types of floating methods of living on Lake Union Afloat in Seattle™: Seattle House Barges, Seattle HouseBoats, and Seattle Floating Homes. I get asked “what’s the difference with all these Seattle houseboats?” all the time. And there is a big difference! But because the NWMLS only has one option for us to input the type of structure, they’re all bundled under style 24 “houseboat”.
A Seattle House Barge was constructed as a home that floats and is moveable but has no motor or sales tax. I say “was” constructed because there are only 34 registered or grandfathered house barges in Seattle. This is unlike a HouseBoat…which has a motor and is constructed as a vessel and are still being built to this day. And since it’s a vessel, you will be paying sales tax because it’s considered personal property, not “real” property.
This handsome Seattle housebarge sits proudly in a very active Westlake Marina slip. It’s #7 of 34 registered housebarges in Seattle King County.
The 600 square foot barge has recently been hauled out for a complete and successful survey. You’ll enjoy one nice size bedroom, a clean as a whistle .75 bath (shower, no tub), take the spiral staircase to the top story just full of possibilities and the views are worth a million bucks!
New paint inside and out, new flooring and carpet, tankless water heater and a sturdy double pontoon fiberglass over plywood hull.
This Seattle houseboat is special – please call us for a private showing.
Seattle Afloat ®