Sunny Days on the Docks & Lots Of Houseboat Gardening

Seattle Houseboat Gardening – Taking Container Gardening to Highest Level – This last weekend was pretty nice and there was a lot of gardening happening on at least three of the Lake Union docks I was on. Seattle houseboat gardening is actually one of my very favorite things. I have always loved container gardening – going back to my days at Sasquatch Books and reading all about gardening on my breaks, but Houseboat owners are overall extremely creative by nature and the gorgeous gardens reflect that nature. One can’t help but adore the whimsical combination of paint colors and gorgeous plants framing a walkway or float.

Natural settings… Speaking of nature, Seattle floating homes owners in general are highly sensitive to the natural surroundings they have the opportunity of living in and as a result there is a sense of great stewardship for Lake Union and Portage Bay. “You don’t want to mess up the lake – you live here.” Natural and Eco-friendly gardening becomes a must. The plants here seem to thrive – capturing sunlight both from above and also from below off the reflection of the lake. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of walking the docks can tell you that gardening on a Seattle houseboat is superior to most gardening landscapes around the city. Some of the solutions for gardening in a small space are pretty phenomenal, too. Floating tires, roof tops, window boxes, separate dock gardens, dingy gardens, and more.

Do you have great houseboat gardens?  Whether you are on land or on the water, you might take a peek at some of the most fabulous and lush landscapes around Seattle! If you have some floating home gardening you might like to share, please send them to us to publish at tips@SeattleAfloat.com

Floating Homes & Window Cleaning –

Window cleaning and Floating Homes: This was the request we found on the Facebook Fan Page for Seattle Houseboats this AM: “We are looking for a referral for a window cleaning company that can do a two story floating home with no side decks.”

Funny – I had this exact question yesterday at my open house on one of The Log Foundation docks. It wasn’t an issue for the particular Eastlake Floating home I was holding open because it happens to have a spectacular offering of walk around decks, but one of the open house visitors pointed across the channel and asked that exact question.

So how do you clean the upper story of Seattle floating home windows?

Obviously, you would need to clean the exterior windows in a Lake Union friendly manner. Sit in a kayak with an extra long extending squeegee? What are some of your earth friendly solutions? Do you have someone that does that for you? Let us know and we will get the word out!

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Seattle Floating Homes Market Update

The last two days in Seattle have been amazing weather wise. I have been driving around showing homes through rain, sunshine, wind, and sometimes even hale! Luckily the sunshine is prevailing overall and as the days brighten all over Seattle, so does the opportunity to buy one of the gorgeous Seattle houseboats in Lake Union! The floating homes market all across Westlake, Eastlake, and Portage Bay opens up quite a bit as soon as the days get brighter around here because that is the best time to showcase the beauties of the ultimate Seattle waterfront lifestyle!

There are seven Seattle floating homes for sale right now in the NWMLS – these are actual floating homes – not vessels or other types of houseboats. Most of the available floating homes in the MLS are along Fairview Ave E and most are in Eastlake. The most common price for a one or two bedroom currently in Eastlake is in the $700,000 price range. Floating homes on Lake Union in the MLS right now range from $349,990 for a great Westlake floating home option with a huge kitchen and cozy loft (open house Sat 1-4 and Sunday 1-4 this weekend!) to $1,720,000 for substantial floating home on Roanoke in the gated houseboat community of Roanoke Reef. Additionally there is a Portage Bay floating home on the market for $2,200,000 with some extra moorage options.

In between the high and the low of the MLS floating homes price range are the middles. There are four Eastlake floating homes for sale right now that all happen to be within about $20,000 of each other in price. They are also all two story and similar styles and all but one have a great roof top deck for views of Seattle across Lake Union. They range from $749,000 to $770,000 in price and all have 2 bedrooms except for a gorgeous highly remodeled one bedroom on one of the Log Foundation docks (open house this Sunday 1-4).

You can find all of these houseboat listings here (plus any additional ones that come on the MLS):

Seattle floating homes for sale

If you want to see any of them at all please feel free to get in touch with us  – homes@SeattleAfloat.com  – we are happy to arrange private houseboat tours so you can see what is currently available.

Recent Seattle floating homes sales? There are two pending in the MLS – a cute refurbished one story on another of the Log Foundation docks which was featured in the Floating Homes Association’s most recent newsletter about recycling to the max. It was priced for only $475,000 and had a great wrap around deck. Another pending sale is over in Westlake Cove – a well maintained co-op dock along the shores of Westlake in Lake Union. This one was priced at $575,000 for a shore side remodeled 2 bedroom. Recently one of the Roanoke Reef homes sold as well. It was adjacent to the parking garage there and on the inside of the dock. It was listed as a two bedroom, but had a small office that could be used to sleep in for more space. It had one of the best roof top decks I have ever seen! Listing price was $1,400,000 and it sold for full price in 30 days!

The verdict? Seattle floating homes are a good investment and selling well – even in the fall months last year, they still sold well. It truly is the ultimate in Seattle waterfront living.

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!

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