Seattle Floating Homes MLS Market Highlight

Seattle’s Eastlake Neighborhood: The sun is peeking out here and there in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood today. In Seattle we seem to get all seasons rotating throughout the day so you never know what to wear – I end up keeping a fleece in the car most of the time.

I was actually down on the Eastlake houseboat docks previewing a brand new listing for a floating home on The Log Foundation dock – one of them anyway.    There are two Eastlake floating homes for sale right there in that part of Fairview currently  – both in the upper $700k range in the MLS.

2025 Fairview Ave E – Houseboat E is a great new Seattle floating home MLS listing put on by Jennifer Nelson (photos courtesy of Jennifer Nelson). It is spacious and bright with wide open spaces and tons of great professionally remodeled touches while keeping the traditional Seattle houseboat charm intact.

Enjoy the expansive master suite like no other in the floating homes colony and colorful gardening from your rooftop deck and lower decks.  The view of Lake Union and the city is impressive to say the least.

Other perks of this floating home on The Log Foundation dock? How about the fact that this dock is highly maintained and the dues are low.

This home also happens to be right on the Cheshiahud Loop (Lake Union Loop) and very close to the streetcar for great access into Downtown Seattle.  Eastlake is already known for its easy commuting attributes, but you literally could live car less on this dock with no lack of convenience.  This one is open 1-4 on Sunday or feel free to get in touch with me for a private tour anytime.

I adore that part of Fairview and Eastlake in general quite a bit.  The sun wasn’t out until half way through my tour this AM, but hopefully it will warm up as those big puffy clouds float around the sky.

If you want to go on a houseboat tour and see one of the floating homes available in Eastlake or Westlake right now let me know.  There is a great starter priced floating home in Westlake at $365,500 (Westlake Cove)and then there are three in Eastlake  – the two on The Log Foundation docks and then one at Roanoke Reef.  All are great options at various price points for Seattle floating homes.

Eastlake Waterfront Property: Seattle Floating Homes, Condos, & More… as in Moorage

Eastlake Waterfront Property:  Seattle Floating Homes, Condos, & More… as in Moorage.  Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood has a lot going for it, but it is hard to believe that so many of the Eastlake properties for sale are either Lake Union view homes or Eastlake waterfront homes.  Eastlake is a great community nestled up against the East shores of Lake Union in the heart of Seattle.  Eastlake residents enjoy easy commutes to Downtown Seattle and a great variety of restaurants and entertainment. On top of that, there are numerous parks in Eastlake – both waterfront and not.  It is a great place with lots of fun activities.

Eastlake Waterfront Properties for sale right now consist of all three types of Seattle waterfront homes mentioned above: 

One type of Eastlake waterfront property – Seattle floating homes:  There are currently 2 Eastlake houseboats for sale ranging from $769,000 for a gorgeous 2 bedroom with its own co-op parking space to $1,720,000 for one of the floating Eastlake beauties on the  Roanoke Reef dock (complete with parking as well).

Eastlake Waterfront Property – condos.  Eastlake waterfront condos tend to sell quickly. Additionally there are a lot of Eastlake view homes in the various condo buildings.  There is a 2 bedroom 2 bath waterfront condo down on Fairview available right now – listed at just under $850k.

Lastley, want more… how about Eastlake moorage?  There is a newer dock down on the Eastlake Waterfront – you can find state of the art Eastlake moorage available right now ranging in price from $675,000 to $950,000.  This is fee simple ownership and pretty nice – a great way to get into the Eastlake waterfront (or water covered property  in this case) market.

So as you can see there are some great ways to get into the Seattle Eastlake waterfront homes market. If you long to live in Seattle’s waterfront Eastlake neighborhood and enjoy all that Lake Union has to offer, then make sure and check out all your options. There are some great Eastlake waterfront property options!

Seattle Houseboats Are Historical Homes Full Of Mystery

Seattle houseboats are always interesting – these floating homes all have different histories and each dock is completely different.

It is hard to know where each one originally might have been docked or who may have lived in it over the years. Seattle’s houseboats have fought to survive due to the city’s long and sorted attempts to eliminate these historical homes over the years. Thankfully much of the storm has passed and the city is finally seeing that houseboats have a historical significance on Lake Union. They have been here from the beginning as a much needed housing solution for a working lake and continue to be the very heart of Lake Union today.

Seattle houseboats are unique. I always find it interesting to go into the old houseboats on Lake Union or Portage Bay and see all of the little custom things or quirks that a floating home may have. There Is one with thoughtful hinges on the steps so that storage can be accommodated under foot. Another has the wobbliest floor I have ever seen. I had to ask about the stringers to see if they had been looked at recently because it was so bad. The stringers on a floating home are the boards that hold the house on the float and they need to be replaced or repaired every so often.

Not a huge market for Seattle houseboats – there are around 500 of them and people who buy them generally keep them. It is an amazing lifestyle and you either love it for what it is or it isn’t for you. The good news for houseboat owners in Seattle is that the overall Seattle real estate market has not had a huge impact on floating homes. These special Seattle homes always demanded more money down and special financing from very specialized lenders. Nothing has changed and as a result prices have stayed strong and demand has kept up. In fact, floating home inventory is low for current demands. Buying one of the Seattle houseboats on Lake Union or Portage Bay is one of the best waterfront real estate investments as a result. See what is on the market right now! Seattle houseboats for sale.

Co-ops: What’s The Deal?

Co-ops:  What’s The Deal? The other day I held a Broker’s Open at Portage Bay, Eastlake, Westlake, Center For Wooden Boats – and more! Cooper Jacobs Real Estate’s new houseboat listing on Lake Union.  A man and his family stopped by.  He has a job that requires him to travel from Bellingham to Seattle and needed a place to live while he’s in town.  I told him the background on 2764 Westlake Ave N Unit #D: a rare 1910, 479 square feet of lake living, views of Gas Works Park, Fremont bridge, Queen Anne, and um, the water of course.  Lots of water.  Anyway, one bed, one bath, and opportunities to build up and it’s mortgage is a co-op.  He raised his eyebrows.  “What’s THAT?”

I told him you own a share in a big corporation.  You don’t hold the Title but you hold a share in the overall portfolio in the co-op on that dock.  So, I explained, you are almost like leasing it BUT you have a shared legal entity.  Your voice is heard.  Just like a condominium building, a co-op has a board of directors responsible for business decisions.

The monthly co-op dues are usually lower than condomium (home owner association or HOA) dues.  Why?  Because a co-op is non-profit.  But check with your real estate agent on this, because much like the neighborhoods in Seattle, every one is different.

A most brilliant website (thank you again Wikipedia!) has an indepth explaination of co-ops in all different countries.  So don’t be afraid of the word “co-op”.  Oh…and don’t be afraid to check out more beautiful houseboats in Seattle – one of the largest communities of houseboats of all kinds!  Yes indeed – and in Seattle, we have an entire association JUST for houseboats.

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2764 Westlake Ave N # D, Seattle Floating Home Just Listed!

2764 Westlake Ave N # D, Seattle Floating Home Just Listed!

$365,500 with co-op owned Lake seattle houseboatsUnion moorage

Really adorable Historic Seattle Houseboat D:  Want a Seattle floating home?  Enjoy life on Lake Union in this great floating home circa 1910 but with great updates through the years.  This is one of the originals!  Log foundation with newer roof and deck on co-op owned Lake Union moorage dock!

Sleeping loft, large kitchen, plus additional den/office to the back, this floating home has vaulted ceilings, skylights, and more!  Great condo alternative for in city living with flair.  Cats ok and dogs ok with co-op approval.  Low dues cover almost everything you need!

Just steps from Fremont at the base of Queen Anne along Westlake Ave N, this is the perfect location for easy access to Downtown Seattle, Queen Anne, Fremont, and more and right on the Cheshiahud Loop (Lake Union Loop) with quick access to all the other walking and cycling trails and paths that intersect right in that area! Another perk? Right by new Amazon location!

Throw your kayak in at the end of the dock and enjoy Life Afloat in Seattle™!

Want more info on this Seattle floating home or other Seattle Houseboats?  Call/Text Molly 206-841-6800
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UPDATE: THIS SEATTLE FLOATING HOME IS SOLD

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