Seattle Floating Homes Spring 2014 Update

Happy Spring, Seattle! Seattle Houseboats! I always love Spring because we start to see more Seattle floating homes coming on the real estate market. This has not been the case as of yet, but Molly and I are hopeful that the inventory will increase as the days grow warmer and the sky starts being blue more than grey.

Currently there are three Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS.  They are all on one of the three Log Foundation docks.  There are two Seattle houseboats for sale on the 2025 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation Dock.  They are priced at $449,000 for a 625 square foot one bedroom floating home ($718.40/sq ft) and $499,950 for a 950 square foot one bedroom floating home ($526.26/sq foot).  In addition to these Seattle houseboats, there is a 3 bedroom end of dock Seattle floating home for sale on the 2017 Fairview Ave E Log Foundation Dock. Again End of dock houseboat so price is set at $2,888,000 for 1000 square feet ($2,888/sq ft).

Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

In the MLS, there is one Seattle floating home pending, but Molly and I sold an additional off market Seattle floating home on the Roanoke Reef dock in the last couple of weeks and so we know of two pending overall. The three bedroom over at Portage Bay Place is 1500 square feet and listed for $750,000.  It is currently pending in escrow so we will keep you posted on what it sells for.  The Roanoke Reef floating home we sold is on the coveted front row of the Roanoke Reef dock located at 10 E Roanoke Street in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.  The asking price? $2,150,000.  It is scheduled to close soon so we can share additional details after it closes, but are very excited to have been able to facilitate this one.

Overall, it is the same story:  Low Inventory.  Seattle houseboats are the ultimate in Seattle Waterfront Living℠ so there is always a demand. We have several cash buyers waiting to pounce on the right one, so let us know if you are even thinking about selling. We know our Seattle houseboats buyers well and can tell immediately if your home will be a good fit for them or if you would be better served to put it on the open market.  We look forward to hearing from you and hope you have a lovely Spring and Summer!

Here is our info if you are curious what your home is worth:  Courtney@CooperJacobs.com 206.850.8841 or Molly@CooperJacobs.com 206.841.6800

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Seattle Houseboats On Lake Union In Eastlake: Floating Home On The Market

Seattle houseboats on Lake Union In Eastlake

Interested in dipping your feet into Lake Union’s Houseboat Community?

Seattle floating homes are few and far between – there are around 500 of them in the city and only about a dozen sell each year.  Here is a one bedroom with a rooftop deck:  2025 Fairview Ave E  It is a really good option if you want a nice combination of modern and Seattle houseboat living.  Seattle houseboats offer a unique perspective to waterfront living.

The “Higher” Costs Of Living on A Seattle Floating Home:

Many Seattle floating homes buyers are misinformed as to the cost of living on these.  Yes, dollar for dollar as far as square footage goes, there is a premium, but compared to other Seattle waterfront homes, this seems irrelevant.  The interesting part is that the cost of actually living in a Seattle floating home is significantly less than a land home once you purchase it.  The taxes are less and the dues cover a lot of the utilities you would pay more for in a land home.  For instance, the taxes on this Seattle floating home are only around $2000/year.  In a land home, they would be $3000 or more easily.

Here is the description of this Seattle houseboat from the MLS:

This is a great opportunity to live life afloat and own your own moorage and great well run co-op dock! Extremely stylish floating home has a beautiful owner’s suite perched on the second floor. Nice open floor plan, kitchen with stainless steel appliances opening up to a casual great room. Fun decks and spaces, plus a roof top deck!

Let us know if you are interested in a private showing of this Seattle floating home or others.  We can help you find Seattle floating homes on and off the market and have our fingers on the pulse of this market.  We are happy to help you whether you are buying or selling and will work hard for you!

Molly Cartwright (Molly@CooperJacobs.com 206.841.6800) or Courtney Cooper (Courtney@CooperJacobs.com 206.850.8841)

Seattle Floating homes Market Mid Summer Update 2013

There are currently 9 Seattle floating homes for sale that are marked as Active.  This number DOES NOT include slips at Ward’s Cove or vessels/barges.  This is only for actual Seattle floating homes.  If you are interested in learning more about the differences between these diffferent types of Seattle houseboats, then we are happy to help guide you through the differences in all aspects.seattle floating homes for sale

The 9 Seattle floating homes for sale right now range in price from $229,000 for a Portage Bay floating home with no owned moorage to $1,250,000 for another Portage Bay floating home with owned moorage.  In between, all the others are in Fairview in Eastlake with one exception of another Portage Bay Place floating home.  The average dollar per square foot for those active homes is $840.02, but that little guy in Portage Bay is seriously throwing off those numbers because it sits at $458/square foot which is consistent with its lack of owned moorage.  The other dollar per square foots range form $623.75 to $1,250.00 a square foot.  With floating homes, it really is about the amenities that come with the home.  Does it have owned moorage for secure ownership?  Does it have space for a recreational boat to be tied up to the home?  Is there parking? Roof top deck? Style of home?  Size of float, view, location on the dock itself, the list goes on.  Long story short, there will always be a range and each home is different. Getting an evaluation from one of us is the best way to find out how much yours is worth and Molly and I are happy to talk to you!

2207 fairview ave eThere are 2 Seattle floating homes that are pending right now – waiting to close at escrow.  These are both Eastlake floating homes on Fairview and are priced at $839,000 for a 910 sq foot 2 bedroom 1.75 bath and $1,195,000 for a 1294 square foot 3 bedroom 1.75 bath floating home.   The average dollar per square foot on these is $922.74 and the median price is $1,017,000.  One other floating home on the North side of the lake in Fremont at the Lee’s Mooring dock has gone pending inspection.  It is listed for $1,495,000 with 1928 square feet.

In the last 30 days there have been 5 Seattle floating homes that have closed according to the MLS. These houseboat listings range in listing price from $895,000 to $1,598,000 and range in sales price from $895,000 to $1,450,000 with an average dollar per square foot at $902.08 and a median price of $975,000. You can see full details here: floating homes market 07302013

My two favorites on the market right now?

2031 Fairview Ave E #G in Eastlake  AMAZING view and huge float here – beautiful interiors – go up a level or bump it out for even more square footage.  Big time investment opportunity or live in it as is because it is insanely beautiful!  2 bedrooms $1,188,000

2207 Fairview Ave E #8 in Eastlake – beautiful vaulted ceilings and wonderful channel views along with some pretty awesome finishes make this my pick for great houseboats under a million. Huge deck and great space for a boat! 2 bedroom $799,000

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Seattle Floating Homes For Sale: Open House Is Hopping!

2207 fairview ave eSeattle Houseboats For Sale on Lake Union

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:

Seattle floating homes for sale

  • 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

 

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