Seattle Floating Homes Update

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale And What’s Happening With The Market

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School is officially in session today so I am calling this the end of summer Seattle floating homes market report. A lot has happened this summer, but the market overall had a very slow start. I think I had mentioned this several times in previous articles I have written. It seems like anything under about $800-900,000 sells somewhat quickly and anything up to $2.5 million is not selling as fast.  Then there is a micro market for floating homes in the $3 million dollar range that are selling quicker than expected.  There isn’t a lot of rhyme or reason to who will be in the buyer pool for a floating home at any given time so making sure that you are staying on top of the market is the best course of action.seattle houseboats

There are a lot of things that have been changing in the Seattle houseboats world overall, so just keep asking questions if you are wondering where you stand  compared to the market.  For us, we have been most successful by keeping an open dialog about what is happening in the market  – whether good or bad pricing wise. Our efforts have been on marketing, getting the word out, education regarding our community, and also just keep sellers on course with pricing.

Many higher end Eastlake floating homes are coming on the market as a result of recent success in the three million dollar and up range. Many lower end floating homes are experiencing longer market times.  Feel free to call us if you have questions: Courtney 206-850-8841

seattle floating homesSome of our favorites if you are on the hunt for one of the Seattle floating homes for sale: 

2025 Fairview Ave E #Q:  800 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, rooftop deck, and boat moorage!  $850,000

Come aboard a very special Eastlake floating home to enjoy a slice of nature and art. Light, bright and a beautiful kitchen with ample storage. A cleverly designed built in kitchen table to maximize space. Two bay windows to relax and day dream in the living room. Master en suite on upper level with your private balcony to soak up the west facing sun. A few more steps up to enjoy the amazing roof top views. Moor your boat or water toys. Wonderful neighbors & great co-op dock!  $850,000

2822 Boyer Ave E #2: 1852 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1.75  baths, rooftop deck, and boat moorage PLUS guest boat moorage and parking: $2,175,000

Luxury high end 3 BR smart home floating paradise w/ rooftop deck. Automated lighting, Lutron shades, sec cams, 10-zone audio, more w/ touch pad controls throughout house & remote access. Decks on 3 levels. Exotic zebra hrdwd, Pedini Italian cabinets, underlit glass molded cast glass staircase + 6 antique operable brass portholes frm an English luxury liner. Upscale kitchen w/ Bosch and Gagganau + outside Lynx BBQ cooking area. Solar powered boat lift. Parking, Moorage, Low Dues,Great location!  $2,175,000

What else is going on?  How about the tour? It’s in Eastlake this year! Tickets are just about sold out for the 2018 Seattle Floating Homes Tour so grab them quickly while you can – it is THIS SUNDAY!

Again, if you want to learn more about our community or buying and selling a Seattle floating home, please do call us if you have questions: Courtney 206-850-8841  Regarding any statistical info from the NWMLS: Information and statistics derived from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

2018 Seattle Floating Homes Tour: Tickets On Sale!

The 2018 Seattle Floating Homes Tour! 2018 Seattle floating homes tour

Tickets just went on sale for this year’s tour!

The Seattle Floating Homes Tour only happens every two years!  Buy your tickets here before it’s too late:

Sunday, September 9th, 2018  Noon to 5 p.m. 

At Seattle Afloat, we are so proud to be supporters of the 2018 Seattle Floating Homes Tour!  Each tour, we work extremely hard  and we volunteer our time and sponsor the tour with our money. We love the Seattle floating homes community and this year’s 2018 Seattle floating homes tour is worth the price of admission ten fold! Want to have a peek into this amazing lifestyle and dream about living on Lake Union afloat? Here is the description of this year’s exciting tour!  We have seen the tour houses personally and you won’t be disappointed!

Don’t delay, the tickets for the 2018 Seattle Floating Homes Tour sell out fast!

The Seattle Floating Homes Association is pleased to present the Eclectic Eastlake 2018 Floating Homes tour! On Sunday September 9, from noon until 5, a dozen specially selected homes will be available for viewing from 2017 Fairview up to Mallard Cove at 2600 Fairview. You will come away with an appreciation of why Seattle’s floating home owners cherish their lifestyle and why they have become known as the Stewards of the Lake for nurturing the nature and animal habitats the docks, homes and surrounding foliage provide.  Nowhere else in the world will you find the coexistence of wildlife and city life blending so harmoniously. We look forward to having you as our guest! 

Proceeds from the 2018 Seattle Floating Homes Tour will benefit the Seattle Floating Homes Association and its mission to protect, preserve and promote the vitality of Seattles historic floating homes community through education, advocacy, environmental stewardship and collaboration. Parking is available in the lots south of E Newton on Fairview Ave E, at the Blue Ribbon Cooking School to the north and on side streets throughout the neighborhood.  Food, coffee and dessert trucks will be on hand for purchase of refreshments, and a bus will be circulating throughout the afternoon at several spots along the route.

This is a self-guided WALKING tour with stairs, uneven pavement and over-water dock surfaces; please plan accordingly. No backpacks, strollers, food or drinks are allowed in the homes. The tour will take place rain or shine, and everyone who wants to participate in the tour will need a ticket, except babes in arms. 

2018 Seattle Floating Homes Tour Ticket Information  :  Tour tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets. Ticket price is $55. Capacity is limited so advance purchase is highly recommended. Ticket Brochures will be mailed 1-2 weeks prior to the tour to Washington addresses only. Any out of state addresses can pick up their brochures at Will Call, at the ticket tent in the parking lot across the street from 2025 Fairview Ave. E. (between E. Boston and E. Newton), on the day of the tour beginning at 11:00am. Once you have this brochure you can start the tour at any location you chose.

Want to learn more about Seattle Houseboats and other types of  Seattle Waterfront Living?  We are Seattle Realtors who specialize in this special niche!  We would live to show you our favorite Seattle floating homes, luxury homes, and waterfront homes and are happy to help you find your perfect home in Seattle.  You can call/text us at 206-850-8841 or email

The Seattle Floating Homes Association Floating Homes Tour Wrap Up sponsored tour ferry boat

The Seattle Floating Homes Association Floating Homes Tour


Lots of happy faces at the Seattle Floating Homes Association Floating Homes Tour yesterday!  The weather held out although it was supposed to pour on us and things went fairly smoothly.

The Tour Committee…………

The tour committee I had the opportunity to work with was wonderful (Thanks you Cathi, Jann, Laura, Melissa, Ingrid, Jo, Sylvia, Amy, Marty, and Bill).


The volunteers were amazing and thoughtful and just such a huge part of making it a great day!  Thank you to all the volunteers who came out in spades – I am so grateful for your help!

The Tour…………….

Tour Volunteer Therese Byrne from Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services with one of the happy tour goers at a home in Westlake.

There were 12 Floating Homes on Tour plus a bonus Eastlake floating home for sale which got a lot of interest as it was on the same dock as house that was on tour.  In addtion, ticket holders were treated to ferry service going back and forth between Terry Pettus Park and a floating dock in Westlake where they landed right at the famous Sleepless in Seattle houseboat.  The owner was gracious as both a tour volunteer at the boat stop, but also delighted crowds by allowing them to walk around his deck a bit and see where the some of the movie was filmed.

Touring the Mallard Cove open houseboat on the Seattle Floating Homes Tour

There were originally five homes slated to be on tour in Westlake, but due to an emergency, that side of the lake went down to four.  All four homes were quite spectacular and very different from each other.

On the Eastlake side of Lake Union, The Log Foundation Dock was kind enough to have all three of their docks open with a house on each for the tour.  There was also a floating home open on the DOX co-op dock, Tenas Chuck, The Willow Co-op dock, Roanoke Reef, and Mallard Cove.  All of these floating homes were unique and presented different ways of living on the lake.

PR Diva Laura at the coffee stand sponsored by Denise Carlson at Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union.

Thanks to all the great people who came out to support the Seattle Floating Homes Association and Seattle’s Houseboat community!
This is a very special Seattle neighborhood and proceeds from the 1200 tickets sold (SOLD OUT!!!) go towards keeping Seattle houseboats afloat as the city and other forces continually try to add restrictions to one of Seattle’s oldest and most historical neighborhoods.

Make sure and look for updates on the Seattle Floating Homes Tour Facebook page for the next tour – it only happens every other year and you should buy your tickets as early as possible.  We had a waiting list of at least 50 people on Sunday.

If you are interested in Seattle houseboats or have pictures to share from the tour, please feel free to post them here or send them to me and I will add them.


Thanks to my very special brokers at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services (and their spouses in some cases).

Seattle Houseboat Community: Calling All Volunteers For The Tour

Seattle Houseboat Community: Calling All Volunteers For The Tour…literally.

Thanks so much for all the great volunteer emails I have gotten! The Seattle floating homes community really knows how to step up and this year’s tour promises to be one of the best!  We have thirteen homes on the tour – homes that the owners have generously volunteered to hold open for the Seattle floating homes tour 2010.  The theme is “From Funky to Fabulous” and there is everything in between, too.

Over the next few days, I will be calling more people to try and rope in some more help, but if you beat me to it with an email, I greatly appreciate your enthusiasm!

You can also call me if you prefer:


Thanks also to the great group on the tour committee this year – I am thrilled to be working with you and appreciate all the help!

Courtney Cooper / Designated Broker /  Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services /

2010 Seattle Floating Homes Tour Info Just Released!

Funky and Fabulous!

Ready to go see some great Seattle houseboats?

This year’s Floating Homes Tour is moving ahead at full steam with at least 12 homes on the tour.  Tickets go on sale Friday!!!

If you are interested in Volunteering for the tour, please contact me.

This is a great opportunity to see a wide array of Seattle’s floating homes so don’t miss it!  Even if you have never thought about living on a houseboat, you should come see how amazing they are.  The tour only happens every two years and there are different Seattle houseboats each year, so it is always new and exciting.

***Update 7/16/2010** Here’s the link to get the tix:

From the official post on the Floating Homes Association Tour Page:


“From Funky to Fabulous – 100 Years of Houseboat Living”

Sunday, September 12
12 to 5 PM

12 Homes on East & West Lake Union
Open for Public Viewing

The Seattle Floating Homes Association is pleased to announce their biennial Floating Homes Tour in 2010, themed “From Funky to Fabulous – 100 Years of Houseboat Living,” Sunday, September 12, from 12 to 5 PM.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 16. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets, by phone at1.800.838.3006, or in person at 220 Nickerson Street in Fremont (Open 9 AM – 5 PM Mon-Fri, and 8 AM – 4 PM Sat-Sun).  Tickets sell for $25 each (plus handling fee).  Capacity is limited, so advance purchase is recommended.  If there are tickets remaining, they will be available for sale the day of the tour, starting at 11 AM on East Lake Union, at the tour staging area at the foot of East Newton Street at Fairview Avenue East.”

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