Seattle Floating Home $699,000 Just Listed In Westlake!

Welcome to the 2420 Cooperative Seattle Floating Homes Dockseattle floating home for sale in Westlake

2420 Westlake Avenue North #8
Seattle, Washington 98109

The FLOAT

You should always start with the float on a Seattle floating home, but most people start with the house itself to make sure it checks all the Seattle houseboats boxes.  Each one of these is so very different, but it is important that once you identify the perfect Lake Union floating home that works for your living style, then you go right to the float. The true value in Seattle floating homes in across Lake Union and Lake Union’s eastern arm Portage Bay is the slip dimensions.  The slip sizes for any given slip were largely determined and set in stone across coop docks by looking at any existing structures that occupied the slips at the time that the dock was converted to a coop. These dimensions were then recorded and grandfathered in.  Many of them exceed the limit of brand new homes allowed on the lake so slips with footprints larger than 1200 square feet are especially valuable. seattle floating homes

Length: 37.4ft  Width:  30.8 ft

Water Depth:  45ft with no obstructions.

Stringers:  11 pressure treated stringers running east to west.  
Decks The front deck is constructed of treated 2×6 surface boards and 4×6 joints.

Log pack. Beneath the stringers are 9 old growth logs that run east to west. They provide both structure and flotation for the home. They are in a stable configuration, anchored securely with stringers pins.  

Flotation:  6-9ft Styrofoam logs. 41 55-gallon flotation barrels

HOME

  • Early 1900’s year built | 2 beds | 1 Bath | Approximately 700 sq ft
  • Hardwoods | wrap around deck | sunroom | boat moorage
  • $500 Home Owner Dues include:  dock water, sewer, garbage. Dock maintenance, DNR lease, pay off for 8 slip marina, and floating home moorage real estate taxes
  • Personal property tax (paid biannual or annually) is $1,200
  • 8 slip marina owned by 2420 Cooperative anticipated paid off by December 2018
  • Laundry and shower facility at the head of the dock is for the slip tenants.
  • Home Insurance $1900 annually through Lloyds of London underwriters.
    July 2018 Home and Dive Inspection performed.
  • New mini split (heating/cooling) and new attic insulation.
  • New steel moorage arms in 2018.

Seattle floating homesFrom Our Lovely Seattle Floating Home Sellers:

Things We Love About Living Here

We love to hop on our bikes and cruise along the newer Westlake bike trail to Fremont.
We would sometimes attach our pet bike carrier since our favorite bar in Fremont Norm’s on 36th Ave allows dogs inside!

We walk out our sliding glass door and hop on our Paddleboards and other water toys to unwind after a long working day.  However our favorite time is in the early morning hours when the city is still sleeping. SUP yoga anyone?

We love to watch the beautiful yachts cruise into the Westlake marinas and play a game of how this billionaire made their profits!  Plus we like the privacy of living next to a quiet marina instead of a house around every corner.

Nature is everywhere we look and our favorite is to see the Blue Heron hunt for its food right outside our door.

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We love to hear the sounds of seaplanes in the distance.  The next time we want to go to the San Juans, we can kayak to Kenmore Air to catch a ride.

The Floating Home Association (FHA) is an awesome community that is always bringing the floating home community together.  Sometimes it’s a dock party (Docktoberfest) or it’s an informative annual meeting (each April) to discuss how we can continue to preserve and improve our lifestyle.  

Above all, we love to tell people (when asked) that we live in a houseboat or floating home.  It never fails to bring a slew of questions about what it’s like and that they’ve always wanted to do the same thing.

Want to see this one?  Call/Text Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 or Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841  or email us at houseboats@cooperjacobs.com We are Seattle Floating Homes Experts and happy to help you with this special kind of Seattle home.  

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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
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Seattle Floating Homes Market Houseboats Plus A Housebarge

lake union houseboatsSeattle Houseboats Market Update:

In the last sixty days, there have been many significant sale in the Seattle houseboat community.  There have been nine closed sales in the NWMLS for Seattle floating homes and also for Seattle houseboats which are classified as a barge (house barge).

Here are some of the details of the Seattle houseboats which have closed in escrow:

2727 Fairview Ave E #3  This is a grandfathered in Seattle housebarge which was gorgeous. It has 2 bedrooms and was listed on 4/5/2015 for $399,000 and sold for $404,000 after 6 days on the market.  It is located on the Hamlin Pier in Eastlake.  No sales tax on Seattle housebarges for sale if you can find them.

3125 Fairview Ave E #B This 2 bedroom 875 square foot Seattle floating home was listed on 4/30/2015 for $575,000 and sold for full price three days later.  I closed in escrow 5/29/2015.

2727 Fairview Ave E #12  This Seattle floating home is on Hamlin Pier which is a leased dock in Eastlake. It was listed for $695,000 on 3/6/2015  and on the market for 22 days before closing on 4/30/2015 with a final sales price of $675,000.

2031 Fairview Ave E #P  The Lake Union Dock in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.  The next three sold on this dock.  The floating home in slip #P  is 1050 square feet and 2 bedrooms.  It was listed for $725,000 on 4/28/2015 and after 3 days on the market sold for $715,000 and closed on 6/5/2015.  It is the first houseboat on the dock.

2031 Fairview Ave E #B  Another Lake Union Dock gem, Molly and I sold this gorgeous Seattle houseboat to our lucky clients who came out ahead in a fierce multiple offer situation. This two bedroom 1200 square foot floating home was listed on 4/1/2015 for $895,000 and sold after six days on the market and closed in escrow on 5/19/2015 for $900,000.

2031 Fairview Ave E #G Molly and I had the pleasure of listing this one with LeAnne. We listed it on 4/27/2015 for $975,000 and after 5 days on the market it went under contract for full price.  During the inspection, we adjusted the price somewhat for a final sales price of $971,000.  It closed on 6/10/2015. This Seattle floating home is a two bedroom 1184 square foot houseboat in Eastlake. It is second from the end of the dock and offers some pretty great views and nice finish work.

3236 Portage Bay Pl  Moving over to Portage Bay, this two bedroom Seattle floating home was listed on 9/15/2014 for $1,100,000 and after 152 days on the market, it closed in escrow at $1,067,000 on 5/15/2015.  This houseboat offered a unique situation which make it difficult to price – a couple parking spaces and an on land rental income opportunity. People looking for Seattle houseboats for rent would like the land rental and this one also has no HOA so no dues.

10 E Roanoke Reef St #12  Awwe… Roanoke Reef floating homes!  Roanoke Reef is one of the three standards in Seattle luxury floating homes.  This three bedroom floating home is on the back row and offers 1562 square feet of living space to stretch out for your life afloat in Seattle.  It was listed for 4/5/2015 for $1,690,000 and after 276 days on the market sold for cash.  It closed on 5/8/2015 for a final sales price of $1,640,000.

3212 Portage Bay Place #B  Brand new!  Seattle new construction floating homes in Seattle are few and far between.  This one is back over in Portage Bay again and is one of the latest Seattle luxury floating homes to hit the houseboat market.  It was listed for $1,750,000 on 3/28/2015 and after 35 days on the market it sold for full asking price and cash and closed on 5/27/2015.  The square footage  is 1850 square feet of stunning interiors and three bedrooms which is difficult to find outside of Roanoke Reef, Mallard Cove, or Wards Cove.

So the average days on market for these Seattle houseboats for sale is 56 days.  The average dollar per square foot is $751.95 with a range of $657.14 to $1,049.94 for the Seattle floating homes and $404 for the Seattle housebarge Big Brother that closed.  The median sales price for all of these Seattle houseboats is $900,000.

Seattle floating homesOne Final note on The Seattle Houseboats Market:

The sales price to list price ratio is 99.02% making the Seattle floating homes market a healthy opportunity for Seattle buyers who want to be in city but can’t seem to compete in the current market.  In Seattle land homes for certain neighborhoods, homes are selling for $100,000 to $200,000 and more over list in the same price range.  Why not take your buying power and apply it towards Seattle’s most affordable waterfront and closest in city neighborhood? We still have multiple offers in the Seattle floating homes market, but the competition is at a more reasonable pace. I think if more buyers were aware of the attainability of this amazing lifestyle, then more people might jump in and enjoy this unique lifestyle of life afloat in Seattle. seattle houseboats

Please call us if you would like to learn more about living life on Lake Union. Courtney Cooper or Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800  Seattle Houseboats Realtors.  We specialize in Seattle floating homes, Seattle waterfront, Seattle luxury homes, and Seattle neighborhoods. Cooper Jacobs Real Estate, SeattleAfloat.com for Life Afloat In Seattle’s Lake Union Neighborhood.

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January 2015 Seattle Houseboats Market Update

Seattle Houseboats Market Update:  What’s Out There?

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In the MLS, there are three Seattle houseboats for sale currently in the Seattle floating homes category. They all three have a 1 in front of them.  As in ONE MILLION.  Specifically, there is one available in Portage Bay for $1.1M and two Seattle houseboats available in Eastlake (including one of the Roanoke Reef floating homes) ranging in price from $1,599,900 to $1,795,000. There is also a Seattle houseboat for rent in Eastlake at the end of the dock. In escrow, there is one Seattle floating home on Fairview in Eastlake that is pending – priced just over a million dollars.

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Seattle houseboatsIn the last 60 days in the MLS for Seattle houseboats sales, there have been two recorded. Both of these Seattle floating homes were priced under a million dollars…

3012 Fuhrman Ave E #D Listed on 11/22/2014 by Seattle Houseboats Realtor Molly Cartwright and me of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate for $229,000 and under contract officially on 11/25/2014.  It closed with a final sales price of $235,000 on 12/18/2014. This little Portage Bay floating home was an absolute writer’s paradise – a perfect Lake Union get away!

2207 Fairview Ave E #1 Listed by another company on 6/25/2014 and went pending in October on 10/07/2014 and then closed another two months later on 12/5/2014. So six month on the market – listed at $800,000 and sold for 91.25% of that asking at a final sales price of $730,000.  It’s a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Eastlake floating home with 986 square feet and built in 1920.

Overall on The Seattle Houseboats Market…….seattle houseboats

The story with Seattle houseboats is still inventory.  Anything under $500,000 is moving faster than other price ranges.  That being said with the proper exposure, the right buyers will find your floating home.  If you are a buyer, then there are options in the MLS as long as you are willing to shell out the money that this unique Seattle waterfront homes lifestyle affords.  Molly is a good contact because she knows of AT LEAST THREE Seattle houseboats that are available or will be soon if you are looking for something specific. Utilizing a Seattle houseboats broker is key if you are going to be successful in being alerted immediately if something may be or is available.  You can reach her at 206-841-6800 or molly@cooperjacobs.com.  Please feel free to drop me a line as well. We love our jobs and it shows.  We are excited to work with you!

Molly Cartwright, Seattle Realtor 206-841-6800 or molly@cooperjacobs.com

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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.

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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. 

Seattle Floating Homes For Sale: Open House Is Hopping!

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Still Afloat In Seattle: Just listed this week!

UPDATE: THIS SEATTLE FLOATING HOME IS SOLD

This Seattle floating home has been remodeled from the studs out with thoughtful finishes throughout. Soaring ceilings and lots of windows invite the summer days in and keep it light and bright during the dull grey season.

Enjoy the security of living in one of the floating homes with coveted owned moorage plus space to tie your own boat up to. It’s a well run dock on Lake Union in the heart of Seattle.

You can find out more about this Seattle floating home and this houseboat dock here:

2207 Fairview Ave E

Listed at $849,000

If you are interested in all Seattle floating homes for sale, you can see them from all realtors and all real estate companies on our corporate floating homes page where we showcase all Seattle floating homes listings:

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • A lovely remodeled bath
  • Large loft
  • Large deck
  • Moorage for your boat
  • Great dock

You can also contact me if you have questions about the lifestyle in general or need more information about this very specialized corner of real estate. Courtney@CooperJacobs.com

 

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.

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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.

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“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

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Listed by Cooper Jacobs Real Estate, LLC  ™

 

Current Seattle Floating Homes Market – What is Happening Out There?

Besides rain, snow, and dull darkness?  A touch of sun here and a glimpse of blue sky there. The current Seattle houseboats market is stirring up as we trudge through Winter and many are starting to think about getting their floating homes and houseboats ready for the Spring 2011 market.

So, Current Seattle Houseboats Market – What is Happening Out There with floating homes on Lake Union and in Portage Bay?

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It is hard to weed through the actual Seattle floating homes in the NWMLS right now.  The code for them is 24-Houseboats, but that code is also used for houseboats that are vessels and more recently has been used for Lake Union moorage sites at Ward’s Cove.  In addition, there is a land home also mixed in with the houseboats because it is at the head of the dock… This can all be confusing for the consumer, so I have gone through and weeded through all the houseboat listings and pulled the Seattle floating homes from them.

There are only 6  Seattle floating homes for sale right now – 3 in Westlake, 3 in Eastlake, and no Portage Bay floating homes.  If your houseboat is on the market, then that is good news for you because competition is low.   Interested buyers in floating homes have increased in the last two weeks noticeably for us. This is getting the current Seattle houseboats for sale a lot more attention than in the previous holiday months.

Westlake houseboats for sale – There are three Seattle houseboats for sale in Westlake Cove right now.  They range in price from $299,000 to $850,000.  Westlake Cove is near the Fremont Bridge and on the Lake Union Loop with very easy parking and quick access Downtown – a perfect spot for Amazon employees or anyone coming to work at The Gates Foundation.

Eastlake Houseboats for sale – Also on the Lake Union Loop, there are also three Seattle houseboats for sale in Eastlake.  These range in price from $495,000 for a Seattle floating home on a leased dock to $3,450,000 for a contemporary wonder on the Fairview Landings dock.

Summary Seattle Houseboats data on actives– Seattle floating homes for sale range from $299,000 to $3,450,000 with an average of $1,020,494 and median list price of $562,475.

Pending Sales – There is one floating home on one of the Sleepless In Seattle docks that is pending at $975,000.

Last 30 days of escrow closings – Winter has been slow.  Over at Lee’s Mooring – 933 N Northlake Way Houseboat #14 closed on 1/12/2011.  It was listed for $799,950 and on the market for 249 days.  It sold for 90.88% of its list price with a final sales price of $727,000.

What’s Next?

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If you are a Seattle houseboat buyer, come out and see the inventory.  If you have seen them before, come see them again.  Sellers are willing to negotiate and your best opportunity is now before the market heats up.

If you are a Seattle houseboat seller, the inventory is low and that means competition is low. There are less buyers, but you can be sure to get in front of them.  As Spring approaches, think about what improvements or sprucing up you can do to get your houseboat ready for the market.

Call or email me if you want to see anything or need a check list:) 206-850-8841/courtney@seattleafloat.com

Current Seattle Houseboats For Sale: Seattle Floating Homes Market Highlight

Current Seattle Houseboats For Sale – Seattle Floating Homes Market Highlight:

Summer is unofficially here even with the rain and the sun breaks have been nice. My Seattle houseboats double open house yesterday was well visited and it is easy to see that while summer may still be right around the corner, it is officially Seattle houseboats season! So I am declaring open season on Seattle floating homes – and here is a great summary of the choices you have out there right now for floating homes.

***Remember: not all Seattle houseboats are floating homes – Floating homes are the ones that are like regular houses except that their foundations happen to be of giant logs or other floating material. Of course, I would also venture to say that none are really like “regular” houses anyway…***

There are 8 Seattle floating homes for sale right now ranging in price from $349,990 to $799,950. There are also some nice slips available for one of the only new Seattle houseboats docks we have had in years: So for luxury Lake Union Moorage, you should check out Ward’s Cove.

Affordable Seattle Houseboats? If you are wanting to get your foot in the door so to speak to the floating homes world, but don’t want to buy a vessel, then you should consider the most affordable Seattle floating home on Lake Union! Many people don’t even stop to consider that a floating home could be affordable, but this one not only has a great price, it also has low low taxes and dues on an owned moorage dock! How low? How about $584 a year for the taxes of your home and only $300 a month for dues? And by the way, the dues cover not only the moorage of the floating home, but also the taxes on the dock, water, sewer, garbage, and misc. dock community expenses. This is cheaper than a condo and even a house plus you get the Seattle floating homes lifestyle on Lake Union and easy access to Downtown Seattle, Queen Anne, South Lake Union, and Fremont… Why would you ever choose a condo or house over this??? From the roof of the home, there is a great view of the Lake, Queen Anne, and Gasworks which you could capture if you decided to go up a level (which is allowed up to 18 feet from the water)! It already has a great sleeping loft and wonderful high ceilings. There is a ton of potential here!!! This is the cheapest Seattle waterfront home I know of!

Here is another affordable Seattle floating home with one of the largest decks I have seen! You also have the option of moorage for a boat along side your deck up to 20 feet. Two bedrooms, one bath, plus an unheard of sauna make this Seattle houseboat a one of a kind. Gorgeous French doors out to the back wrap around deck and lovely Dutch doors at your entry to keep all the geese out. This one is often mistaken for the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat by passing tourists for its color scheme, large deck, and similar lines, but it is in the peaceful corner of Westlake Cove with lapping water to lull you to sleep at night. This is a great lifestyle! This pet friendly dock is full of considerate and creative neighbors with gorgeous front porches and lush plantings all along the edges of the homes here. Buy this Seattle floating home and you are a partial owner to the dock with low dues at $350 a month and low taxes at only $1053 a year. The dues cover your home’s moorage, dock taxes, water, sewer, garbage, and other dock misc needs, plus there is a shared wireless internet on the dock. Lots of reserves and careful maintenance make this co-op dock a strong financial force for your future home ownership.

Are you looking for the ultimate Seattle waterfront lifestyle? Life on Lake Union? These are some great choices – let me know if you want to see them for yourself! courtney@SeattleAfloat.com

Current Seattle Houseboats For Sale

Well the NWMLS has really gone a little haywire with the changeover to the new Matrix software. As a result, Seattle houseboats for sale are not being updated correctly in the MLS or any of the sites that the listings feed to. Many are still showing without pictures to the public sites even though many professional pictures have been loaded in to the MLS. The glitch should be resolved soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to make sure and get some complete and current data out there for what is available in the Seattle Floating Homes market.

Eastlake, Westlake, Northlake, and Portage Bay Floating Homes For Sale

On The Dox dock – a 2 bedroom 1 bath with an astounding 1450 square feet and soaring ceilings for only $650,000

The Log Foundation – an amazing 1 bedroom floating home with HUGE spaces and a great roof top spot to perch over Lake Union 936 sq ft $749,000

The Lake Union Dock – 2 bedroom/1.5 bath reverse floor plan with really cool cork flooring and great decks plus the best roof top deck I have been on since the last Roanoke Reef floating home that sold. No idea on the square footage but feels pretty spacious and nice views. $749,000

Westlake Cove – The Westlake portion of Lake Union – Brand new carpet, this half bedroom/studio floating home has lots of spaces and an amazing entertaining sized kitchen. Sleeping loft and room to go up a level make this one a great investment on Lake Union! $349,990

The Log Foundation – 2 bedroom with really large utility room and a deeded parking space – I think it is a little over 900 square feet, but no mention of it in the listing – reverse floor plan on this one, too. $769,000

Boyer in Portage Bay– 2 bedroom/1.75 bath 2000 square feet with interest in additional moorage on the dock $2,200,000 (I also saw this one is available for rent for $5500/mo. if you are interested in renting a Seattle houseboat)

Westlake Cove – 2 bedroom 1 bath floating home often mistaken by tourists as the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat, this one has one of the biggest decks I have seen (except for the Sleepless houseboatJ) – adjacent moorage is available for up to 20 feet – great wide channel and lovely views of Lake Union $525,000

The Old Boathouse – Artist inspired obviously – very cool remodel – 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath with a great view over the houseboat in front of you – has moorage. Great dock position – second from end. 1151 sq ft $749,950

Lee’s Mooring – 2 bedroom 1.5 bath super cool modern floating home – Big wall of windows… $799,950

Let us know if you are interested in any Seattle houseboat tours – we can show you anything you want to see – no matter who it is listed by! Courtney@SeattleAfloat.com

Sold Seattle Floating Homes Sales: How Does 2010 Stack Up So Far?

Seattle Floating Homes Sold houseboat listings from the MLS: Here are the current sold Seattle floating homes in the MLS so far for the year – In addition there are 8 more currently on the market so it looks like we could be on track for meeting or exceeding 2009! Keep in mind that there are many homes that also sell between neighbors and family or friends without ever reaching the MLS, but looking at these sold Seattle floating homes is a great indication of how the market is going so far this year!

2010 Seattle Floating Homes Sold MLS Listings – 4 so far this year!

2818-1/2 Boyer Ave E #6 1/1 YB 1900 LP $365,000 SP $350,000 DOM 93 (Brackett)

2017 Fairview Ave E #O 2/1 YB 1920 LP $475,000 SP $475,000 DOM 9 (The Log Foundation)

2025 Fairview Ave E #J 2/2 1500 sq ft YB 1976 (End of dock) LP $1,200,000 SP $1,150,000 DOM 27 (Log Foundation)

10 E Roanoke St #11 2/2.25 2062 sq ft YB 1976 LP $1,400,000 SP $1,400,000 DOM 30 (Roanoke Reef)

2009 Seattle Floating Homes Sold MLS Listings – 15 Sold in all

2235 Fairview Ave E # 1 0/.75 YB 2007 LP $285,000, SP $250,000 DOM: 143 (DOX)

2818 -1/2 Boyer Ave E #1 1/.75 YB 2006 LP $335,000 SP $330,000 DOM:145 (Brackett)

2019 Fairview Ave E #Q 1/1 YB 1965 LP $475,000 SP 415,000 DOM 86 (The Log Foundation)

2818 -1/2 Boyer Ave E #7 1/1 YB 2007 LP $435,000 SP $420,000 DOM 129 (Brackett)

2031 Fairview Ave E #N 1/1 YB 1925 LP$500,000 SP $486,500 DOM 95 (The Lake Union)

2235 Fairview Ave E # 4 1/1.5 700 Sq ft YB 1990 LP$515,000 SP $497,000 DOM 52 (DOX)

3110-B Portage Bay PL E 1/1.5 YB 1987 LP $635,000 SP $630,000 DOM 15 (Houseboat Harbor)

2351 Fairview Ave E #B 3/1.75 1500 sq ft YB 1986 LP $795,000 SP $725,000 DOM 109 (Phoenix Moorage Dock)

10 E Roanoke St #12 3/2 YB 1982 LP $1,400,000 SP $1,100,000 DOM 167 (Roanoke Reef)

2600 Fairview Ave E #8 3/2.5 2000 sq ft, YB 1978 LP $1,300,000 SP $1,200,000 DOM 71 (Mallard Cove)

10 E Roanoke St #18 3/1.75 1884 sq ft, YB 1983 LP $1,300,000 SP $1,276733 DOM 29 (Roanoke Reef)

2369 Fairview Ave E #5 3/3 3033 Sq ft YB 2007 LP $2,200,000 SP $2,100,000 DOM 301 (Fairview Landing)

2420 Westlake Ave N #13 2/1.75 1590 sq ft YB 1960 LP $749,000 SP 749,000 DOM 6 (2420)

2466 Westlake Ave N # 4 3/1.5 1480 sq ft, YB 1999 LP $1,425,000 SP $1,350,000 DOM 76 (Nesika Chuck)

1409 Boat Street #4 2/1.5 1234 sq ft YB 1977 LP $524,950 SP $522,950 DOM 31 (UW Leased Moorage)

2008 Seattle Floating Homes Sold MLS Listings – 6 floating homes sold this year

2025 Fairview Ave E # M 1/1 625 sq feet, Built in 1900, Listed at $600,000, Sold for $590,000, 53 days on market (The Log Foundation)

2019 Fairview Ave E # N 2/1, Built in 1976 Listed at 695,000, Sold for $675,000, 31 days on market (The Log Foundation)

2727 Fairview Ave E # 6 2/1/ 993 Sq Ft, Built in 1974, Listed at $775,000, Sold for $725,000, 37 days on market (Hamlin)

2019 Fairview Ave E #C 2/1.75, 1200 sq ft, built in 1940, Listed at $795,000, Sold for $795,000, 3 days on market (The Log Foundation)

1214 E Hamlin St #9 3/1.75 1500 sq ft, built in 1971, List price $1,150,000, Sale price $1,075,000, 79 days on market (Dock Society)

1214 E Hamlin St # 11 2/1 Built in 1969, End of dock Moorage, List Price $1,250,000, Sale Price, $1,189,700, 93 DOM(Dock Society)

If you are interested in Seattle houseboats for sale, there are some great choices out on the lake right now!

Seattle’s Amazon Gets A New Home

Seattle’s Amazon Gets A New Home!

We’ve all heard about the changes occurring in the southern edge of Lake Union for some time.  Mercer Street getting a face lift, the new street car quietly tracking up and down the south side roads and Amazon moving it’s headquarters.  201 Boren Avenue is the site for the new giant e-retailer.  I think it’s a sure bet to say housing will become highly precious starting right now.

Read the full Seattle P.I.’s article Capitol Hill is a wonderful place to live and a short commute.  Eastlake
is another awesome neighborhood!  Eastlake provides tons of westerly sunshine, famous Pete’s Wine and Grocery Store, a houseboat community that is unbelievable, and a sweet little cafe on the corner of Eastlake & Lynn called The 14 Carrot Cafe.  Many townhouses and condos have been built up in this neighborhood over the past five years.  But you will still find a mix of the old and the new here.  Plus you can watch Kenmore Air seaplanes come and go on a daily basis.
Capitol Hill/Portage Bay currently has 16 beautiful homes for sale, a peaceful park, and quiet streets.  Tons of history live in the walls of these homes.  So if you like upper end homes with in-city living style, North Capitol Hill is definitely for you.

Surrounding Amazon and Lake Union Real Estate:  Areas To Know And Places To Buy

Queen Anne: Lower EastsideYou want to walk or bike to work?  Then Queen Anne is the place for you.  Loaded with tasty eats, cool record stores, and a walking path to work.

And last but certainly not least…consider a SEATTLE FLOATING HOME for your next new address.  Enjoy all sides of Lake Union.  Take a quick bike ride on the Cheshiahud Loop!

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.

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