Seattle Houseboats Inventory Afloat! What’s Happening Here?

Lake Union Inventory: There is a lot to choose from on the lake right now!

In the world of Seattle houseboats, there are floating homes, vessels, and barges.  When you look at our Seattle houseboats for sale page on Cooper Jacobs it may seem daunting as a seller, as there are more than TWENTY over the water homes for sale right now, but only eight of these are classified as Seattle floating homes. At least a dozen are other types of Seattle houseboats are also for sale – some of which are extremely fancy and worth considering if you are a floating home buyer.

In short, inventory is not a problem on the lake right now.

In fact, inventory across the Puget Sound has drastically gone up and as a result we are seeing longer market times in the higher end floating home market.  Basically, if you are priced around a million or higher, then it is taking longer to sell your floating home. As things inevitably slow down, floating homes tend to be steadier than land homes in price, but also take longer to sell.

So what is for sale right now? Out of the eight for sale, only seven Seattle floating homes are being offered with owned moorage slips included (they own the water in which they are residing). Purchasing a floating home with condo or coop owned moorage is the most secure form of ownership for your floating home as these are not generally mobile and there aren’t usually alternative moorage locations for them.  Prices for these special Lake Union homes range from $1,749,950 for a coop owned slip and floating home in Eastlake to $3,499,000.  Five of the current offerings are in Eastlake and two of them are in Portage Bay.

Here are our favorites of the current Seattle Floating Homes For Sale:

seattle floating homes2017 Fairview Ave E #N     $1,795,000

Step aboard your newly remodeled floating home in Eastlake. Gorgeous kitchen includes granite counter tops, new cabinets, under counter refrigerator, and warm your toes on the heated Travertine floors. Or opt to use your outdoor grill while soaking up the sun and views. In the lower level, a comfortable master bedroom with ample closets, a cozy fireplace, and access to the lake from your deck. Second bedroom plus bonus room. Walk to Serafina, SLU, Essential Bakery, Pete’s Market.

2822 Boyer Ave E #2             $2,350,000seattle houseboats

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 hardwood, Pedini Italian cabinets, underlit glass molded cast glass staircase + 6 antique operable brass portholes from 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!

3146 Portage Bay Pl E #G      $1,999,000

seattle floating homesBeautifully designed by Prentiss Architecture, this new floating home expands over 1,980 square feet of luxury. Handsome cedar on the exterior and warmth from radiant heat inside. Black honed soapstone kitchen counters compliment custom cherry cabinets with energy efficient stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous Maple hardwood floors unite the open concept floor plan. Loewe windows + nano doors to bring the outdoors in. Category 5 wiring. Seattle waterfront at it’s finest.

Let us know if you want to see any of the current inventory or if you are curious what your floating home might be worth.  We are happy to help you buy or sell your home.  You can reach us here: 206-841-6800 or houseboats@cooperjacobs,com

End Of The Dock In Lake Union!

THIS is LIVING At The End Of The Dock!seattle houseboat for sale

Own the water with this condo moorage.  End of the dock on Lake Union in Seattle’s bustling Eastlake neighborhood, welcome aboard the Limbo, your executive floating townhome alternative! Seattle waterfront living to it’s very core, this substantial floating residence is equipped with pretty much all you want!

It even comes furnished should you want all of the bells and whistles – from the rooftop deck complete with rooftop deck and sitting bar, to the included dinghy equipped with fish finder, and the list of perks goes on all the way down to the stocked liquor cabinet.

This is a stunner among Seattle houseboats for sale.  Large master suite and two smaller staterooms.  Beautifully finished bathrooms, stacking washer/dryer, large cooks kitchen with eating bar and cozy living room with fireplace.

seattle houseboats

Views in all directions and no one in front of you to block them.  Decks on all levels including enclosed (removable) deck to take in the outdoor living even on a chilly evening. All the toys you will need are also included!

Here are the remarks from the MLS listing which went live this AM:

This is more than meets the eye.This is a turn key, fully loaded,fun in the sun, houseboat ready to move in or rent out without a single thing to do. Fantastic lifestyle on this end of dock slip on a condo owned dock in Eastlake. Stunning views of the city’s skyline day or night while soaking in your roof top hot tub.Next day, take the bikes out for a cruise around South Lake Union’s Farmers Market. Newer built and fully custom 55’x15 houseboat, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 72 walkscore!

Just listed: $1,190,000  Full listing:  http://cooperjacobs.com/1293281

Call/Text Molly for your private showing or more info:  206-841-6800  houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

 

seattle floating homes

Step in to Style on the Lake in this Floating Home!

seattle floating homesBrand New Construction Seattle Floating Home On Lake Union!

Tucked away in the exclusive enclave of  Seattle floating homes in Portage Bay, is this beautiful gem which is brand new and gleaming from sky to lake.

Be the first to own a new construction floating home on a great condo owned dock. This beautiful custom designed home by Prentiss+Balance+Wickline marvels in walnut hardwood floors throughout the 1580 square feet of luxury. Four decks to entertain or soak up the sun. The reverse floor plan maximizes views and light in a 360 fashion. A chef’s kitchen makes it fun to entertain and cook. Timeless Ceasarstone counter tops & custom cabinetry. Spectacular roof top deck for more outdoor space.

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1580 Square Feet
  • Built in 2017

If you have luxury living in mind then step one foot in this floating abode and be transported to comfort and tranquility! Be the first chapter of this gorgeous home’s life and enjoy the amazing community you find yourself lucky enough to be in now! Life really is better on the lake afloat! $1,898,000

Want to see it? Call/Text Molly Cartwright or Courtney Cooper 206-841-6800 or email us at houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale: Just Listed

Just Listed In Eastlake:  One Of The More Desireable Seattle Floating Homes

Molly Cartwright and I just listed an incredible Seattle Floating Home on the Flo Villa dock! If you have been looking at Seattle houseboats, then you should know that this one has been completely remodeled! $775,000

Seattle floating homes2207 Fairview Ave E #11

It’s your time! Live the iconic lifestyle you have only dreamed about!  Located in Eastlake’s enclave of floating homes on Lake Union, this mid-dock beauty is completely remodeled with an open one bedroom plus flex space  floor plan. Boasting vaulted ceilings and hardwoods, this home is incredibly light and bright and has a new kitchen!  Enjoy cozy extras like the heated bathroom floor plus it has new electrical, plumbing, windows & insulation throughout. With an actual growing willow tree and a fabulous relationship to the water, this is home is a great place to live Life Afloat In Seattle.

During the last six month remodel:

  • new barrels / flotation
  • Windows
  • 6″ deep insulation in the new windows and walls
  • 10″ deep insulation in ceilings
  • Stripped down to logs and stringers to replace old joists with 4″ rigid foam on new joists
  • New subflooring and bamboo click in floors
  • Bathroom floor electrical heated floors

Additional Information on this Seattle Floating Home For Sale:

  • Full size water heater
  • New electric and plumbing
  • Quartz counter tops and contemporary cabinets
  • Under mounted sink
  • Metal roof – low maintenance
  • Wrap around deck
  • 10.5 high vaulted ceilings
  • Italian stone tile in bathroom
  • Stone sink in bathroom

Want to see it?

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800
Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your Seattle waterfront homes or Seattle floating homes questions.  If you prefer, you can also email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com.
Seattle houseboats for sale

Seattle Houseboats For Sale: Just SOLD

Seattle Houseboats For Sale:  Just SOLD in Eastlake!Seattle houseboats for sale

Seattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake

Seattle Houseboats Just Sold: Let’s look at 2019 Fairview Ave E in Lake Union’s Eastlake neighborhood

This particular Seattle floating home has a special place in our hearts due to its sentimental background.  Though not as famous as its Sleepless in Seattle cousin across Lake Union, this Seattle houseboat is perhaps just as iconic! Located on one of Eastlake’s longest running and most organized cooperative dock, The Log Foundation,  this 1930 floating home has had lots and lots of action – even as it was moored in one place and not moving.  It was owned by a very longtime  and loved Seattle houseboats resident and the home was practically a floating dance hall in its day. We have recently nicknamed the home “Art” after its previous owner and look forward to seeing the new owners enjoy it as much as he reportedly did. There are lots of stories across the lake about the parties that almost always broke out into full on dance soirees and you can tell just by walking into this houseboat that it has had a happy life.  We are so thrilled to see it have a loving new chapter.

seattle houseboats officeA little more about this special home…..

So back to the sale itself – Seattle houseboats for sale always are exciting, but closing one is also a cause for celebration. Congratulations to Molly and LeAnne for doing such a great job getting it sold. It closed in escrow on 10/13/2015 at a final sales price of $677,500.  The floating home has two bedrooms and is 1300 square feet. It has a rather large float for its size and great dock position.  It also is well oriented to the lake which is something you don’t always get. Moorage for a recreational boat is possible alongside the home with the permission of the co-op.  It also had extra spaces which could function as an office or another nonconforming bedroom.  The home is all one level and has the most charming curved ceilings.  I was always very taken in with the large open living space and the beautiful spaces throughout. It  never felt like a two bedroom home – more like a home with all kinds of possibilities in every corner. As I write this, I personally regret not buying it myself – such a wonderful place with great energy, but alas, there will be other Seattle houseboats for sale and each one is unique and special.


Please call us if you are interested in learning more about Seattle houseboats for sale – We look forward to helping you buy or sell your next Seattle houseboat, whether it is a Seattle floating home, a house barge, or a floating on-water residence.  We are excited to help you learn about the lovely Lake Union as well as Seattle Houseboat Living℠.

Molly or Courtney 206-841-6800/206-850-8841 | houseboats@cooperjacobs.com

©Cooper Jacobs Real Estate ©Seattle Afloat™

colorful Seattle houseboats

A Little “Dirt” On Seattle Houseboats History You May Not Know

Seattle houseboats

Colorful Seattle Houseboats History on The Log Foundation docks of Eastlake in 2014. Image courtesy of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate.

Seattle Houseboats History Has A “Colorful” Background & Entrepreneurial Spirit Transcends Time…

To look at all the colorful and cheery Lake Union floating homes today is to never know how truly Seattle houseboats history is. Seattle floating homes are a living and evolving part of Seattle’s history.  From their humble beginnings over a hundred years ago as floating shanties compiled of pillaged lumber, it is amazing to see that some sell for over $3 Million dollars in today’s real estate market.

Seattle houseboats were originally built in two different ways.  Either the worker would utilize his commuting work boat and build living quarters above it, or they would gather “loose” logs and raft them together to build a completely free floating structure.  It was an inexpensive way of living and was tax free on top of it.

Madison Park Seattle houseboats

Map of Seattle houseboats along shores of Madison Park. Image Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives Item #944

At the peak, the Seattle floating homes community was as large as two thousand houseboats lining the shores of the city in various locations which even included Madison Park in Lake Washington.  The residents of the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods reportedly snubbed them and looked down at this way of life.  They apparently felt that it was beneath their standards and so began the struggle of Seattle houseboats to Stay Afloat In Seattle™.  Today there are around 500 Seattle floating homes and probably another two or three hundred liveaboards that are officially newly categorized as Seattle Floating On-Water Residences (final count once all have registered themselves in the latest legislation). The latest Seattle floating home dock was a new construction floating home development called Ward’s Cove.  Very specific requirements need to be in place in order to develop new construction Seattle floating homes, so it is next to impossible to do so.

If The City Historically Wanted Them Gone, Why Did They Allow Docks To Begin With?

Denny Hill View

Here is a view towards Downtown from the South slope of Denny Hill in 1886 (photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives Item # 2869)

The short answer is The University of Washington. Wait.  What? The long answer is that Seattle has a very long history of making some incredibly hairbrained decisions as far as infrastructure goes. A perfect example (and my apologies for going off subject here for a minute, but….) The Denny Regrade: The hill is too big?  Scrape it into the Puget Sound. In 1900, the city decided to basically eliminate a whole hill which covered 62 city blocks.  Denny Hill was a significantly beautiful hill in Seattle.  It had a gorgeous crowned jewel of a hotel atop it that was so grand that even President Theodore Roosevelt stayed there! It had an old cemetery and a beautiful park on it with expansivel views in all directions.  In all, they removed a reported six million cubic yards of earth.

Connecting the dots:  What does this all have to do with Seattle houseboats and The University of Washington? Let’s go backwards.  The modern day campus of The University of Washington was largely laid out and shaped by The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909.   In 1907 the city of Seattle platted and sold the submerged “parcels” in Lake Union to the adjacent waterfront property land owners.  This enabled docks to be built and Seattle houseboats to be moored to them.  According to The Lake Union Mail on an article about Submerged Parcels Park on the Cheshiahud Loop, “The “Lake Union Shore Lands” were created in 1907 as a funding mechanism for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (S.B. #101). Water extending from shore approximately one block (roughly 400 feet) was platted as buildable land, then sold. These parcels didn’t sink, they started sunk. And they were considered valuable.” Now you know how a World’s Fair, Denny Hill, The University of Washington, and Seattle Houseboats are related.

Seattle houseboats booze hatch

While replacing the carpet for one of our Seattle historic houseboat listings in 2010, we found an old booze hatch left over from Prohibition days. Image Courtesy of Courtney Cooper.

More Shady Past on The Lake: Life Afloat In Seattle℠: You Want To Stay Dry, Except When It Comes To Your Drink…..

Creativity has always been a strong characteristic of the Seattle floating homes community.  This was never so true as during the prohibition era. According to the 1996 article by Sharon Boswell in The Seattle Times, “But for those who couldn’t afford the pleasures of Doc’s or one of the hundreds of other boozy night spots and music clubs along Jackson Street, in Belltown or even on Lake Union houseboats, there was always a bottle of locally produced bootleg available to consume in the privacy of home.”  If floating homes seem like an unlikely place to get your alcohol fix then consider that In his highly acclaimed book, “Seattle’s Unsinkable Houseboats”, Howard Droker tells the story of a very enterprising entrepreneur who along with the cedar bark he sold off his boat, also sold smuggled Canadian liquor.

It’s absolutely true.  If you take a peek under carpets of older floating homes you will see the leftover evidence of the Prohibition era and how crafty houseboaters were able to not stay dry.  Many of them have hidden trap doors under the floor that were used for storing alcohol.  At one point in time there were regular “rum run” routes such as the one Droker writes about which would make their rounds delivering to Lake Union floating homes. These booze hatches were ingenious and stored between the floating logs with a wire cage so that the waters of the lake itself could keep the liquor cold and well hidden.  According to HistoryLink.org, The Seattle Times noted at one point that in regard to those wild times, “Some of the stories behind the houseboat population are as colorful as anything that ever came out of Seattle’s history, but respect for another’s privacy and past is an unspoken code on the lake.”

Seattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake

This historic Seattle houseboat was once used as a floating dance hall. It is for sale today for $697,000. Listed by Cooper Jacobs Real Estate. Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800

Seattle Houseboats Are Still Afloat & Strong Today

Go experience their magic – Take a kayak tour through Lake Union and Portage Bay where you will find what is left of the Seattle floating homes community.  Take a walk around Lake Union on the Cheshiahud Loop. Lake Union is the very heart of the city. Try and imagine the colorful past as you look at the beauty and creativeness which is so abundant today.  This is a living and breathing Seattle neighborhood, but also a significant part of Northwest history.  It is as vibrant as the wonderful people who live in it.  I am so thankful to have known so many of them and appreciate how they have enriched my life so far.  Please also take a minute and donate to the Seattle Floating Homes Association if you can.

Want more information on Seattle houseboats?

seattle houseboats expertsWe are happy to help!  Please call Courtney or Molly.  We are Seattle Houseboats Experts ℠, and have been Seattle Realtors specializing in floating homes and waterfront for many years. We look forward to helping you find your piece of Lake Union.

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800   Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841
We can immediately answer your questions or email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com
Seattle Afloat ® We want to help you live your life Afloat In Seattle Cooper Jacobs Real Estate
seattle houseboats

New Seattle Houseboat Available

Fabulous New Seattle Houseboat For Sale in Gas Works Marina where everything is just a bike ride away and life afloat in Seattle is the best!

Lake Union Afloat ℠ in Northlake360 views

An affordable long term option other than looking at Seattle houseboats for rent, this is a wonderful place to buy and stay!  Enjoy your large bedroom plus sleeping loft (perfect for a kiddo, an overnight guest, or storage), one full bathroom, great kitchen and living room.  Check out these expansive views of our gorgeous city, mountains, Lake Union and more from your large roof top deck.

This Lake Union houseboat and owned moorage is available for $315,000.  The home owner dues and liveaboard fee  for this houseboat and slip total $340.00 per month.  Gas lake union kayaksWorks Marina has a cabana on site for extra shower, restrooms, and laundry service.  Parking?  Yep, got that too.

Need a loan for your Seattle houseboat purchase? Houseboats financing available through Sound Community Bank only and we have the details for you.  We look forward to hearing from you!  Molly 206-841-6800

Seattle Afloat ®:  We are Seattle houseboat experts with both real estate licenses through Cooper Jacobs Real Estate as well as a vessel dealer license through SeattleAfloat.com. We are Seattle Realtors which means we are agents who have ethics and will treat you accordingly.  We look forward to helping you “live life Afloat in Seattle ™!”

2420 Westlake Ave N #7 Has Made Its Splash In Houseboats Market

Seattle Houseboats Market Update: 


Seattle houseboats

Floating Homes are HOT and this one is no exception!

Seattle houseboats come in all shapes and sizes and whether you have been looking for a house barge, floating home, or vessel type of houseboat, you will appreciate what this one has to offer!

Just listed at $985,000 by Molly Cartwright and Courtney Cooper of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate:

2420 Westlake Ave N #7

Here are some of the features in this floating home as well as the remarks from the MLS listing:

  • 2 –  bedroomsseattle houseboats rooftop decks
  • 2  – 3/4 bathrooms (1 on main and 1 upper)
  • 1065 Square feet
  • 42 x 24 float
  • $500/mo HOA
  • $1831/year taxes
  • Pet friendly
  • Ownership in a Co-op owned dock
  • Additional ownership in a Marina

seattle houseboats kitchens“Whether you are looking for the serenity and inspiration of a lake home or you want to invite all your friends over for a party on your roof top deck, this is the one you have been waiting for. This gorgeous Westlake floating home is dialed in and located on a pet friendly and very sought after dock in Lake Union! Completely remodeled in 2008 with all new surfaces and appliances plus immaculate upstairs master suite and another bedroom/office on the main level. Lots of storage and extras!”

Ownership in a Marina – Another interesting asset of this Westlake floating home:seattle houseboats

This is a unique dock on the lake in that it has its own marina!  In all of houseboat living, this is not common.  There are 9 slips in this Westlake marina location.  Each of the 12 floating home owners on the dock have a 1/12 interest in this marina which is separately financed and being paid for in part by coop fees.  It is on schedule to be paid off in 2019. The idea is that once the Marina is paid off in full, it will generate enough income to perhaps eliminate the coop dues altogether and could even provide additional income.

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

Molly Cartwright 206.841.6800

seattle houseboats

molly@cooperjacobs.com

Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841 courtney@cooperjacobs.com

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate:  

Seattle waterfront homes and Seattle Houseboats Realtors

 

Seattle houseboats

Seattle Houseboats Market heating up!

Seattle Houseboats Market heating up!Seattle Houseboats

New Seattle houseboats for sale coming in the market this week.  There are some great Seattle houseboat opportunities according to what we have heard so reserve your appointment to see them asap.

The real estate inventory for Seattle floating homes has been so low for all of 2015 thus far so it’s exciting to know that we have so many great new options coming on the lake. Price ranges start in the high $300k range and go up into the multi millions so there is something for everyone in this batch of Seattle houseboats for sale – including houseboats in Westlake, Eastlake, and Portage Bay. There seattle houseboatsare new construction Seattle floating homes, and historic Seattle houseboats as well as everything in between.

In addition, Molly and I have been working on some other cool off market Seattle houseboats sales.  Please let us know if you want to see a summary of all Seattle floating homes sold in the last year – both on and off the market for comp purposes.  We are happy to look at your Seattle floating home if you would like a current market value.

Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 Molly@CooperJacobs.comseattle houseboats

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

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate

We have Two of the top Seattle floating homes Realtors in our office and look forward to helping YOU.

Seattle houseboats

Seattle Houseboats: Annie “O” Is In The House

Seattle Houseboats for sale: this ONESeattle Houseboats: Enduring Over 100 Years And Still Floating.  This particular one hasn’t been around quite that long, but long enough for it to be a site!

 Yes.  It floats.

Seattle houseboats have been afloat for over one hundred years now.  It all started when a few resourceful and down on their luck people decided to basically start tying loose logs up and forming rafts. A little time before 1909 Seattle came up with an ingenious way to raise money for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. This world’s fair eventually shaped the campus of The University Of Washington! And it was financed largely by the beginnings of Seattle houseboats:

Over one hundred years ago the city of Seattle platted and sold the submerged “parcels” in Lake Union to the adjacent waterfront property land owners.  This enabled docks to be built and Seattle houseboats to be moored to them.  It was quite a popular and thrifty idea!  The city now regulates them heavily and as a result of this regulation, Seattle houseboats have dwindled down considerably  from well over two thousand Seattle houseboats at one time to just around five hundred or so of the floating home variety. They are scattered throughout Lake Union and in Portage Bay.

Speaking of dwindling.seattle houseboats

The Seattle houseboats market has had a dwindling inventory and we are down to just a couple options right now in the floating homes world. This particular home is my favorite.  “Annie O” is her nick name.  She is houseboat “O” because the slips on the dock are lettered according to the alphabet, but I like her nick name personally.  She is a jewel and is priced perfectly at $599,000.  Two bedrooms are not always easy to come by in the land of Seattle houseboats, but this is a beautiful two bedroom and it has been lovingly restored by the famous Sid McFarland and also upgraded and improved by its current owner who has a real artist’s eye.  If this doesn’t make you want to go buy a boat or a kayak to tie up to it, then that is okay because there is lots to do in this community.  Annie O happens to be on one of the very best docks in one of the very best co-ops on Lake Union.  You will own the slip you and your home are in so there is security of knowing that this log pack is not going anywhere.  Let us know if you would like more information on this perfect little Lake Union gem!  Molly: 206.841.6800 or Courtney 206.850.8841  Please call or text for more info. 

Puget Sound View Homes: Seattle’s Richmond Beach Luxury Home Priced At Just $875,000 *SOLD*

*SOLD* You know that this is usually a space I write about Seattle houseboats, floating homes, Lake Union, etc., but every once in a while I like to include a Seattle home that is seriously in touch with the water.

Seattle water view homes

Click to View LightboxThis is that property.

Seattle Waterfront Living ℠

This is an amazing property and an amazing value!  Richmond Beach is Seattle’s hidden gem and this home is not to be missed.  It has some of the most wonderful Puget Sound views!

Priced at $875,000, it makes some of the in city non view homes pale in comparison!

Modern Pacific Northwest view home with absolutely stunning Puget Sound and Olympic mountain views. The yard has professional landscaping inviting you to spend time out in the yard so you can relax and enjoy the full property.

Whether working from home, entertaining or relaxing, the main floor has an updated kitchen with quartz and charcoal colored cabinets. This is truly a sleek look. Both the elegant dining room and living room are focused on views of the water. The master suite has lovely spa bath and there is a deck with more views!

The house features radiant heated floors and there’s a media room plus guest room away from the house as part of the detached garage.

Richmond Beach homes

 

“This home and the Richmond Beach community in general are truly like being on vacation all the time.”

Located at 2535 NW 195th Place Shoreline, Washington

Puget sound view homes

 

Listed by Cooper Jacobs Real Estate, LLC  ™

 

Are Houseboats Drifting Away?

2143 North Northlake Way #18

2143 North Northlake Way

Are Seattle Houseboats Drifting Away?

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Seattle houseboats in the news lately.  And if you receive your news from just one source, it might sound like Seattle houseboats are drifting away.

So what’s really going on? What is the dispute over?  One could argue it’s really about should private people be taking over public space.

In broad terms, the dispute is about freeing up the shorelines on parts of Lake Union.  According to the state law, water dependent (vs water oriented) businesses and industries, shoreline restoration and public access are all given priority.  With this in mind, some city council members say shorelines should be preserved for recreational and water-dependent uses (aka not houseboats).  Yet other city committee representatives say they want to protect the Seattle lifestyle of houseboats.  Yep, definitely confusing.  But one thing is crystal clear:  current houseboat owners and liveaboards say they’re tired of battling for their chosen lifestyle, investment, and freedom to live and just want to be left alone after years of this with the city.

Big agencies like The Planning Land Use and Sustainability Committee, State Department of Ecology, Coast Guard, and Lake Union Liveaboard Association are all trying to come to an agreement about what defines a houseboat.  The due date of January 14th is fast approaching to make this distinction and it’s complex to say the least.  By current standards, a houseboat is treated as a water oriented vessel.  Most should have propulsion, safety equipment, steering and navigational lights, and all already have a black water holding tank, also title and registration. One must beg the question: How is this standard different than say a sailboat, yacht or ferry which are all legal and not up for debate.

Some LULU members (Lake Union Liveaboard Association) remind city officials that houseboats have been around Seattle waters even before it was a city.  Naturally, anger and resentment have come to an all time high for the liveaboards, houseboat builders, marina owners, local vendors and businesses.

I want to be clear there is a difference between houseboats and floating homes in Seattle.  The 500 floating homes in Lake Union and Portage Bay are completely void of these litigation’s.  Floating homes, unlike houseboats, are floating structures usually consisting of logs or concrete which are connected to city water/sewer and are considered “real property” and remain in place by a very heavy moorage arm and do not move from their location.

I understand with the growing population and the fascination of such an intriguing lifestyle, the state/city would want certain regulations intact.  There are essentially two arguments going on simultaneously:  preserving the shoreline for recreational and “water-dependent” use and the defining a houseboat.  The houseboat community is no stranger to reinforcing their lifestyle to the city.  These are folks who care deeply about their lake and go to great lengths to pacify others in order to remain there.  This will not change and it will not change without a fight.

If you’d like more information about houseboats or floating homes please feel free to contact me via email at molly@cooperjacobs.com

 

 

 

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale Inventory is Low

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale Inventory is Low –

seattle floating homes for sale

The number of Seattle houseboats for sale has definitely decreased for the winter and holiday season.  This is an opportunity for many Seattle floating homes owners who might want to to step into the Seattle houseboat market while the competition is low.

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale:

Currently, there are only 4 (FOUR!!!) Seattle floating homes for sale in ALL of Seattle!  These range in price from $350,000 to $1,395,000.  Here are some additional details:

  • For $350,000, you can buy a 2 bedroom/1 bath Seattle houseboat in Westlake.
  • For $399,000, you can buy a 1 bedroom/1 bath houseboat in Portage Bay.
  • For $715,000, you can buy a houseboat in Portage Bay at the end of the dock on its own dock with no dues, a waterfront bonus cabin, and a yard, and 2 parking spaces.
  • For $1,395,000 you can buy a 2 bedroom 2.5 bath Roanoke Reef floating home.

What’s Selling in Seattle Floating Homes?

In the last 60 days there has been 1 Seattle floating homes sale and there is 1 that is pending.  The pending Seattle floating home for sale is a beauty on the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat dock in Westlake listed at $900,000.  The Seattle floating home that has sold and closed in escrow is located in Eastlake at 2727 Fairview Ave E #14.  It is a 1932 1 bedroom/ 1 bath Seattle houseboat with $650 square feet of living space.  It was originally listed for $298,000 and sold after 57 days on the market for $238,000 – that is 79.87% of list price.

Are you interested in selling your Seattle floating home?  

Just because it is late fall and the holiday season is kicking in does not mean that there are not ready, willing, and able houseboat buyers ready to purchase your home.  Molly and I specialize in Seattle floating homes and we want to help you get the most possible for your investment.  Right now is a very good time to try out the market with your houseboat while competition is at a minimum and buyers are still steady.  Let us know if you would like a free market analysis and an idea of some of the ways we can market your floating home compared to other Realtors.  We do things differently!

  • Courtney Cooper:  206.850.8841 courtney@cooperjacobs.com
  • Molly Cartwright: 206.841.6800 molly@cooperjacobs.com

 

 

Call Now ButtonWe are available to talk now.