Seattle Houseboats Open House: The Lake Union View

The View From My Seattle Houseboat  Open House On Lake Union today was quite extraordinary.  Life Afloat In Seattle ™ is extraordinary.

No wind, calm water, a few kayakers, one brave paddle-boarded, and lots of boats gliding past me as I had  The Ark open house today at Seattle Marina in North Lake Union.

Lake Union houseboats

Crew on Lake Union

Water has a wonderous way of relaxing you and Lake Union is no exception.  Seattle houseboats often have high traffic for the open houses. With a busy open house, I had to remember to not get too relaxed!  From my location, I managed to snap a great pic of  the Lake Union Moorage available right now at Ward’s Cove across the water in the Eastlake neighborhood.  Interesting enough, Ward’s Cove is a privately held Seattle based company encompassing fish processing in Alaska since the late 1920’s.  Salmon was a big business for Ward’s Cove back in the day but since they haulted this, they looked for another way to make a profit while still providing greatest and best use out of their prime Eastlake location.  So they decided to turn it into a mixed use space and welcome one more Seattle floating home community.

This is probably the last Seattle floating homes dock permitted since the lake can only hold so many of them.  With four Lake Union moorage slips sold at last check and eight more to go, these new construction floating homes sites are selling at a premium and a chance to build your dream home on the water’s edge.  As you can see here, the preparations have begun for one lucky floating home owner!

Wards Cove Lake Union

Ward’s Cove in Lake Union

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

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