Westlake Cove On Lake Union

Seattle Houseboats Open Houses: I’m here at my Seattle houseboat open house on the glorious Westlake Cove. I open up both Float C and Float D and welcome people who stop by.

Seattle houseboats dock
Westlake Cove Seattle Houseboats Dock on Lake Union

Seattle Houseboat Living: Many people ask me what living on a floating home is like. I tell them, with skepticism in their eyes, that it’s one of the coolest Seattle communities you can possibly find. No, I don’t live on one myself but I do appreciate them. If I had to clock in, I’d say I’m close to full time on a floating home between showings, open houses, and writing about them.

To me, Seattle floating homes signify tidiness. Square footage and space are a privilege (which I also like). So to live on a floating home you either:

  1. Like water, views, boating, kayaking (the obvious)
  2. Like to live simply
  3. Like the solitude when you want it or the friendly neighbors when you need it. Happy hour on Float F anyone?
  4. Like to bike. Many bike commuters since Lake Union is in the heart of north-south, east-west.
  5. Like creative gardening
  6. Like to boat to your dinner reservations
  7. And finally like individuality

Insuring Seattle floating homes aren’t tough. There are three reputable companies in Seattle who welcomes floating home insurers.

There are things to know about financing Seattle floating homes. Again, using a local resource (we have our favorites for Seattle houseboats) is essential so feel free to contact us to share some of the resources with you.  homes@SeattleAfloat.com
We look forward to talking to you!   – Molly 206-841-6800

Lake Union, Happy 4th of July! – Here Is Some Of The Latest In Seattle Floating Homes – Both In The MLS And Not Listed

Happy 4th Of July!

There is no better place in greater Seattle to enjoy the festivities of the 4th of July than Lake Union. I first discovered this about 15 years ago on the bow of a boat in Westlake snuggled up to my college boyfriend (thanks Pete) at the time. It was raining of course and it did not matter. The fireworks over Lake Union are nothing short of magical and each year it still surprises me how beautiful they are. It is never the same experience and I never tire of it.

Seattle is a jaw dropping fantastic place to live and work – anyone can find something special in this city. Lake Union special and Lake Union homes are special, so here are the latest on Seattle houseboats – both in Lake Union and Portage Bay.

Seattle houseboats for sale: Lots going on out there – both in the MLS and not in the MLS. I know of at least four Seattle floating homes that are not listed but are available or will be available soon and two of them are at the ends of the docks. End of dock moorage is always something people are interested in so it is fun to track how fast they sell. Let us know if you are interested in any off market Seattle houseboat opportunities so we can either get you in there or keep you posted as to their availability.

In looking at Seattle houseboats in the MLS (including floating homes, vessels, and barges) there are currently 19 opportunities*** to live life afloat on Lake Union or Portage Bay plus a handful of Lake Union slips available for new houseboat moorage. “Houseboats” is a general term and refers to all three types of homes that happen to be on the water. Seattle floating homes are the houseboats I generally refer to in most of the posts I write on SeattleAfloat and elsewhere.

So here are details on the current market regarding the Seattle floating homes for sale in the MLS right now:

Westlake & Northlake Houseboats – there are 4 Westlake houseboats in the NWMLS for sale right now ranging from $325,000 for a historic Seattle houseboat to $975,000 for a new beauty near the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. In between those ranges, there is a great Westlake floating home on a wide channel with good views into Lake Union and opportunity for boat moorage for only $489,000. In Fremont there is a great dock: Lee’s Mooring and a beautiful floating home for sale on that one for $799,950.

Portage Bay Houseboats – Two floating homes there for sale in the MLS priced at $645,000 and $739,000 (E Shelby St & E Hamlin St).

Eastlake Houseboats: One of the Roanoke Reef houseboats on the front row is for sale- gorgeous views and nice spacious home $1,720,000, There are 4 other opportunities to live on Lake Union along Fairview in an existing houseboat. They range from $575,000 to $749,000 for the four Seattle floating homes for sale***. A really great one is this charming and beautiful Eastlake houseboat for sale on the Willow Dock – it has hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, wrap around deck, moorage for two boats, and lovely radiant heated slate floors in the bath. It is a really great buy on Lake Union at $625,000.

Lake Union Moorage Slips: If you are interested in building or having built a brand new construction houseboat, then look to Ward’s Cove which is one of last brand new Lake Union Moorage slips for sale. There are four in the MLS ranging from $675,000 to $930,000 for the slips on a state of the art dock.

Email us if you want to see any of these or have questions about Seattle floating homes in general. homes@SeattleAfloat.com Have a safe holiday!

***7/3/2010  Later day update:  New Seattle houseboat listing popped up in the MLS – there is now another Fairview houseboat listed – a one bedroom on one of the Log Foundation co-op docks for $495,000***

Seattle Houseboats For Sale: Current Floating Homes Market

Wow! A lot can happen in a week! Bring out the sun and outcome the Seattle houseboats for sale! I wanted to update you all on the new floating homes and give you an overall idea of the market. There are now 13 Seattle floating homes for sale – They range from $349,990 for a 100 year old beauty on a co-op dock in Westlake to $1,720,000 for a fee simple ownership floating home in beautiful Roanoke Reef. The median price for these Seattle floating homes for sale is $725,000.

There are currently 4 Westlake floating homes for sale – 2 in Westlake Cove, 1 on the 2420 dock, and a beauty on the dock just North of the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. This particular one is in the same co-op as Sleepless, but on the South half of the dock just North of it and it is gorgeous! I got a chance to stop in yesterday and see it before my open house. It is listed by famed Rick Miner and he showed me all the great features of this brand new floating home listing. New construction in floating homes is rare and this one is worth seeing!

Seven of these floating homes are in Eastlake. Most Seattle houseboats in Eastlake are on Fairview Ave E, but there are a few docks that fall into other streets. The least expensive floating home on Fairview is a beautiful 1930 houseboat with hardwood floors, radiant heated slate bathroom, roof top view deck, double moorage for multiple boats, and gas on the dock. It is on the beautiful Willow Dock which gets its name from the amazing tree at it’s shore side. There is also a larger floating home on the shore end of the dock with huge spaces – listed at $650,000.

Two homes from the Log Foundation are currently for sale – This is a wonderful floating home community at the South end of Fairview and offers beautiful city views. These are great two bedrooms at $725,000 and $749,000 and happen to be a couple that I love going into. There is also one in Mallard Cove for $1,250,000 – a larger home at 2000 square feet and quite beautiful. The last in Eastlake is the Roanoke Reef home that is currently for sale – it is on the very South end of the dock and has some great spaces including a basement of sorts. In addition, there is one floating home moorage site at Ward’s Cove that offers the newest in floating homes for Seattle. It is listed at $850,000 for the slip.

Other areas of Seattle floating homes: Lee’s Moorings in Northlake aka Fremont has a floating home for sale with a wall of windows – one bedroom at $799,950. It is one of the brightest floating homes we have seen and worth the visit if you are in the market. The dock is very nice, too. Over in Portage Bay, there is a houseboat on Hamlin which just came up for $645,000 – a one bedroom with 800 square feet of living space, but unique shape and quite appealing. I know of one on Boat Street also – high $400’s, brand new, and a great location near the U-District. It is listed with a broker, but has not shown up in the MLS as of yet. I happened to see it while checking on my friend’s houseboat on that dock. The Boat Street dock is leased moorage owned by the University of Washington so the homes are lesser in price, but not as much security for your moorage as an owned dock.

Pending Houseboat Sales – Two Seattle floating homes went pending this last week – one of my favorites on the Lake Union dock in Eastlake and a jaw dropping remodel job in Westlake at the Old Boathouse dock under the Aurora Bridge (This particular one got three offers in a matter of two days). It is gorgeous, too – completely unique and the fridge was an upscale drawer model which really opened up the spaces in there. It has a stunning spiral staircase going up to its view bedrooms and a view deck plus a roof top deck – just amazing. I am sure the lucky new owner will love living there!

Happy Summer!!! That is all for now – let me know if you are interested in seeing any of these at all – I can also help you find the financing and other particular items you need to buy a floating home. courtney@seattleafloat.com

Seattle Houseboat Open Houses This Weekend

Seattle Floating Homes Sunday Open House Tour:

Sunday is supposed to be the nicest day we have had in Seattle this year so far! I am hearing 75 degrees and sunny – anyone hear any differently? We have some great Seattle houseboats for sale right now and Sunday is a perfect day to showcase all of them!

Seattle houseboats open houses:

2321 Fairview Ave E #3: Open 1-4 Beautiful Seattle floating homes with 2 bedroom, great features and updates, multiple boat moorage on a co-op owned dock. $625,000

2764 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat D: Open 1-4 Historic Seattle floating home with great affordability! This is the lowest priced Seattle floating home on the lake. Come see how wonderful it is! $349,990

2764 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat C: Open 1-4 PM! 2 bedrooms, sauna, huge deck on wide channel with great opportunity for moorage for up to a 20 foot boat! $525,000

There are a few other new Seattle floating homes on the market right now – let us know if you want a private tour or info on any of them! 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

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