We are pleased to announce that this gorgeous gemstone of a floating home has closed successfully in escrow!
Not only were we chosen among other brokers for the task of marketing and listing this beautiful home, we also were able to successfully bring a buyer. We are so excited by the outcome and appreciative of our seller for recognizing would love to hear about your dreams on or off the lake.
Portage Bay End Of Dock Floating Home Closes In Escrow
Want to know more about this one or other Seattle floating homes? We listed it for $2,500,000. The seller was impressed with not only our knowledge and experience in the floating home community, but also with our marketing materials. We were able to bring a buyer to the table within a week and ended up selling this property for $2,600,000.
Here’s a little more about this one: Sought after end of dock masterpiece offers the very best in locations & show stopping views from its gleaming floor to ceiling windows. Open spaces & comfortable Ipe wrap around decking make this a fantastic place to entertain or settle in with a good book. Solar remote-controlled skylights bathe this home in natural light and have electric auto rain sensing capabilities as well as screens. There are remote control black out blinds, too! Incredibly well run and pet friendly condo dock checks all the boxes w/ easy parking, beautiful landscaping, on shore storage, plus ownership of the dock to the north for guest & temporary moorage. There is truly nothing else in city that compares to coming home to this lifestyle & exciting water parade.
More info or a private consultation from Seattle floating home experts?
We are happy to help you! Call me, Courtney Cooper – I live and work on the lake and have over 20 years of experience. 206-850-8841 or email [email protected]
This incredible new construction home is a Portage Bay water oasis. It was built recently with all state of the art systems and flotation. It’s extremely rare to find a Portage Bay newer construction floating home that has views and is surrounded by water on three sides. It’s even harder to find a newer floating home that checks all the boxes including rooftop, boat slip, garage parking, and a basement. Yes, you read that correctly. It has a basement. And a garage!
Loaded with upgrades that you will only see in the most stately of homes on land or water, this Portage Bay new construction home is a luxury stunner. The bedrooms are on the water level so that you can lull yourself to sleep with the lapping water. There is great deck access at this level to access your boat or take in a dip in the hot tub after a trip out in the kayak or SUP. The main bedroom closet and bathroom suite will blow you away with high end finishes and enough room for all your shoes and clothing.
This was one of the last three Portage Bay new construction floating homes to have a basement area. The basement offers a flexible amount of peaceful underwater and quiet space. If you have ever wanted a large theatre room with perfect acoustics then this might be the place. As it currently sits, there is a large family/rec room, large craft/storage room for all your gear, laundry and half bath, plus a cool organization system at the base of the stairs. There is a hatch at this level as well for coming up to the deck directly.
Let’s go back up the stairs of this Portage Bay masterpiece! Upstairs, the modern but comfortable floor plan is incredible with open air living right out to the water facing deck. The gleaming kitchen is a cook’s dream with upscale appliances and views of the lake all around. Enjoy meals in the large dining area or warm up in the living room with sleek fireplace. There’s another casual sitting area on the other side of the kitchen that is a little more private with a half bath on this level off of that area.
If you happen to be extremely popular and have more guests than this large level will allow, then have them go up the wide staircase to the expansive roof top deck. This rooftop is the largest we have seen and has space for dining, lounging, playing, plus a cool firepit.
Except for the basement which offers peace and solitude, the views are incredible from every other level of this Portage Bay new construction home in different ways. At the water level and upstairs you will be drenched in reflective light off of the water. The water level views are of the surrounding smaller parts of the bay and largely south facing. In addition, you can see out to the main part of the bay through the channel. Upstairs, you can see the same views from higher up plus larger main Portage Bay views. You will feel like you are on top of the world as this Portage Bay new construction home was built to take in the views all around and in all directions. Bridge to bridge, you will be mesmerized by the Seattle Yacht Club sailing lessons, or just watching the constant boat parade from the two neighboring yacht clubs.
Location wise, you are in the Gold Coast portion of Portage Bay, considered to be by far the best by many as it offers the very best in commuting by car and boat. It is a quiet little walkable neighborhood and nestled in between 520 and I-5 by car and Lake Washington and the rest of Lake Union by boat. If you are an avid boater then your access to both Lake Washington and the canal and Puget Sound beyond the Ballard Locks is optimized. Portage Bay is just across the water from the University of Washington and not far from University Village. The neighborhood has a couple little shops, but mainly the locals love Little Lago. This is an oasis in itself and offers the very best in quick grocery items as well as espresso, a gelato bar, fresh bakery items including quite possibly the world’s best chocolate chip cookies in three packs, and a small menu with a big punch. You can order breakfast, artisan hand made sandwiches, creative salads, and wood fired pizza which gently spreads its sweet sent through out the neighborhood.
This is one of those Seattle floating homes that won’t change hands again and will end up being a sought after legacy home. It has room for all your toys and your entire lifestyle with no compromises. It’s the perfect in city retreat or full time residence and offers the very best in Seattle waterfront homes living. $3,850,000
Please feel free to call for more info on this Portage Bay new construction floating home. I am happy to give you a private tour, too, and tell you why I love living on a floating home in Portage Bay. – Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 – I’m happy to help you buy or sell your floating home or just talk about the current market. I appreciate you.
Looking for end of dock Seattle houseboats? Hard to find and rarely available end moorage in Portage Bay is available for a limited time! There are less than 75 end of dock floating homes in the city and the demand has increased greatly for this incredible lifestyle. This particular home is located in the Gold Coast portion of Portage Bay and was once the long time residence of famed Northwest Jeweler Norman Turgeon. It has also been the celebrated home of just a few others. With its row of twenty plus foot tall trees on one side and no homes on either side, it has been often described as an island.
Sought after end of dock masterpiece offers the very best in locations & show stopping views from its gleaming floor to ceiling windows. Open spaces & comfortable Ipe wrap around decking make this a fantastic place to entertain or settle in with a good book. Solar remote-controlled skylights bathe this home in natural light and have electric auto rain sensing capabilities as well as screens. There are remote control black out blinds, too! Incredibly well run and pet friendly condo dock checks all the boxes w/ easy parking, beautiful landscaping, on shore storage, plus ownership of the dock to the north for guest & temporary moorage. There is truly nothing else in city that compares to coming home to this lifestyle & exciting water parade. $2,500,000
“If you are interested in seeing this incredible end of the dock floating home in Portage Bay, please reach out. We are happy to tell you more about it and also share with you our incredible lifestyle on the lake. I live and work here and love it so much.”
Courtney Cooper, Seattle Realtor and floating home resident. 206-850-8841
Seattle Afloat was chosen as the exclusive representatives of this incredible floating masterpiece. You can reach them at [email protected] or 206-850-8841
Three bedrooms in one of the coolest floating home communities in Portage Bay!
At the end of this quiet dead end street is a very special floating home. Updated kitchen with granite counter tops, subway tile, double oven, and more. The very generous owners suite has a groovy soaking tub w/ a view and updated half bath. We love the extra room off the laundry room, perfect to remodel or keep as storage. Exceptional deck for private dining and hanging out then build a fire in your fireplace for those Fall evenings. Moorage for your boat, one reserved parking spot and no dues! $1,250,000
Looking for the action of Lake Union and incredible views? If we could capture Lake Union in a bottle, this would be it. Wildlife, views, proximity to the city, and of course the water’s peaceful enjoyment makes owning this beautiful houseboat at 1900 Westlake Ave N the best of this lifestyle. $650,000 for one bedroom + sleeping loft, double decks for excellent outdoor gatherings or relaxation.
We have been selling floating homes for a long time now and the number one question we get from sellers is should we wait until the busy season to sell. Seattle is an interesting market because we are busy almost all of the time. The slower months for us on Lake union are typically and surprisingly mid July until the end of August. In 2020, with the pandemic, people were and still are seriously reevaluating their lives, lifestyles, and who with and where they want to spend their time. I have always found the water to be therapeutic so it is not surprise to me that the rest of the world is taking a closer look at floating homes and waterfront options. We sell both and we have helped a lot of people change their lifestyles for the better both before and during the pandemic. Even now, coming out of quarantine, there is a stronger interest and the market has never been better to sell your floating home or waterfront property. A perfect storm for sellers of these unique and special properties has emerged.
What do I mean about a perfect storm? There are a few factors with floating homes.
(1) Supply and Demand
This is a constant factor. With Seattle floating homes specifically, we have always had the economics of only having 520 homes on the lake and although the buyer pool is constantly changing, there has been a steady enough demand to have a steady rate of appreciation for decades now. While surrounding markets go up and down, floating homes are typically steadily appreciating.
(2) Surrounding Inventory Crunch
Seattle is still one of the most undervalued West Coast cities and we despite some of our problems we are a highly sought after market for tech and other fields. People are still moving here in droves. Since the early 1990s this has been happening and the surrounding problems you see are a result of our growing pains, but we are too beautiful of a city to not overcome them. Our natural beauty and incredible all season outdoor lifestyle just add to the perks of moving here for a job. Usually a high paying job. As a result, housing is more in demand than ever before. Prices are going up and agents that typically sell homes on land are turning to floating homes as a good condo or single family alternative for their clients that would otherwise choose to live on land. This is producing multiple offers and driving our prices up on the lake at a faster pace than is typical. We even had one go 65% over list recently. It depends heavily on what each floating home has to offer and who it appeals to.
(3) Change In Lifestyle
People have always moved onto a floating home to change their lifestyle, but never before have we seen so many people wanting to absolutely have a change in lifestyle. No doubt the result of months in quarantine, this has been a larger contributing factor and increased demand. Even as we open up more statewide, people have decided that they want a different perspective.
Strong market for Seattle Floating Homes, Seattle Houseboats, and Seattle Waterfront Homes
All of these special properties are lifestyle changing and so we are experiencing stronger sales for houseboats, floating homes, and waterfront at higher rates. We are happy to help you evaluate what your next move might be. We represented more floating home buyer or seller sides than any other broker on the lake. I live on a floating home and volunteer on the Floating Home Association’s board. We are experts and happy to share this lifestyle with you. We are also highly networked in and are great at connecting buyers and sellers. Our brand is Seattle Afloat and we have also teamed up with Duckin. Our reach is more extensive because our collective brands are backed by the largest real estate company in the world, Keller Williams. We are local experts and have global reach. You won’t make a better choice or find people who care more. Please call us if we can help you or provide you with more information. It’s an important call to make.
We have been discovered! Again! Of course we all know that living in one of the 520 Seattle floating homes is the very coolest way to live! It seems that our community is more sought after than ever currently as we experience multiple offers and shorter market times. We do find that when inventory on land decreases, floating homes are a creative no brainer that a buyer may not have thought of before. This has been going on for years.
Breaking Records And Raising The Bar
Last year alone, we had an unprecedented amount of record breaking multi million dollar Seattle floating home sales – each one higher than the last. We represented Seattle floating home buyers and sellers in some of these and we are so pleased that our lake homes are rising in value, even breaking into the $4M price point in 2020!!! The highest Seattle floating home sale occurred in 2020 with an end of dock floating home on The Lake Union Dock in Eastlake. It closed off market and was a FSBO (for sale by owner) and closed at $4,500,000. No brokers represented either party in the sale of 2031 Fairview Ave E #H.
We always make sure to report even these off market sales in our updates because they are not in the MLS for the public to be able to use for a comp or verify facts. We will always represent them as accurately as possible and won’t take credit for sales we don’t make. It is possible to sell your floating home without a broker, though obviously I don’t advise it. We want you to have all the correct information when making a decision about listing your floating home. It’s an important decision to make.
Just in the last couple weeks alone, we have had two quick cash floating home closings, received THREE offers on our $2.1M Portage Bay floating home, and with our help, our buyer prevailed last night, too!!! We were able to secure a purchase for an adorable A-frame floating home in Eastlake on the Flo Villa dock. There were three other offers, but our buyer trusted our experience and market share on the lake and took our advice. We are so happy for our buyer and we adore helping people make their dreams come true.
Seattle Floating Homes Experts
Sometimes I get called the “houseboat queen” and I laugh, but I am truly honored to have the incredible fortune of being able to serve this community. My community. I live on the lake and I love the lake. I work my tail off to do my very best and I am so thankful for you! Seattle Afloat: At any given time we are prepping floating homes for the market, showing floating homes, writing offers, organizing marketing material, or coordinating other logistics for our buyers and sellers. We have a large network of trusted vendors to help us expertly guide you whether you are buying or selling. If you are new here, then we can’t wait to show you our community! If you are ready for new adventures then we look forward to helping you take full advantage of the incredible return on this investment. Call us, text us, email us. It’s an important decision, but we are here for you. 206-850-8841 – Thank you!
*All data is compiled using NWMLS, escrow, tax records, public records and off market knowledge by Courtney Cooper to be specific to the Seattle floating homes market.* Regarding any statistical info from the NWMLS: Information and statistics derived from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
This sweet 600 square foot Seattle floating home in Eastlake is the perfect hide-away; be it rain, sun, or snow! Remodeled in 1999, this cutie is floating on old growth cedar logs on a quaint co-op dock. Double pane windows allow natural light in every direction. The wrap around deck has ample storage for bikes, paddle boards, and kayaks. There is also an outside storage cabinet. Cheery kitchen and cozy wood burning fireplace. Freshly painted interior allows you to create your own space. Whether you’re searching for your first home, looking to downsize, or just want an exciting lifestyle and change of pace – come see how your next adventure could mean owning a piece of Seattle’s iconic floating home community in a walkable, friendly neighborhood. $515/month dues cover water, sewer, garbage, and maintenance/insurance/taxes on the dock. $600,000
Would you like to see this floating home?
Contact Courtney Cooper for more information. Please email us directly or call/text us to speak with one of us: [email protected] Courtney 206-850-8841 We are Seattle waterfront and floating homes experts and here to help you.
Seattle houseboats Grace – The first time I met Grace, I fell in love with her beautiful craftsmanship and beauty. No detail was left untouched in this home as one of the coolest of the newer builds Seattle houseboatsfor sale. Immediately taken with the combination of organic and upscale touches like the hand made wooden table/eating bar and clean white lines, Grace has lines with lasting appeal that perfectly marry the surrounding water. The beamed ceiling melts my heart and the sleek and shiny surfaces appeal to my need for order and beauty. Everything about Grace as this Seattle houseboat is appropriately names is well suited for living in perfect harmony with Lake Union. The clean white tiles and warm wood floors reflect the light off the water as it bounces around the home making you feel like you absolutely belong in this place.
FullerStyle created this remarkable beauty which sits on the water with perfect proportions. To know FullerStyle is to know Crissy and Jeremy Fuller, the geniuses behind the company. Jeremy’s preferred medium is wood and while he has an engineer’s mindset when it comes to hand building each of their modern houseboats from the ground up, he is a true artist with an eye like none other we have seen. That wooden table in Grace was my first introduction to Jeremy’s art and I was hooked immediately. Crissy is the design queen and has more talent in her left pinky than many large design houses. She painstakingly curates each finishing piece and brings it all together. She manages to hunt down the most unique oddities and integrate them into the overall landscape of the home as if they were always there.
Here are the basics for those looking at Seattle houseboats: Grace is a one bedroom, one bath Seattle houseboat with a lovely entertaining deck off the bedroom upstairs. She is currently moored in a marina and surrounded by nature and other Seattle houseboats and lusted for $535,000. Houseboat financing is available and we are happy to give you details on how to purchase Grace with a lender. If you are interested in making this your home on the water, then please reach out of more information or for a private tour. [email protected]
Aside From Our Listing Inquiries, These Are The Top Questions About Seattle Houseboats From 2020
We kept track this year and aside from appointments and questions about the incredible Seattle floating home listings and sales we had this year, these are the top other Seattle houseboats questions we received from online inquiries.
What is the difference between a houseboat and a floating home?
My original explanation is that “houseboats” is the umbrella term which covers floating homes, liveaboard vessels, and barges (and now FOWRs). I still argue that this is historically correct because even the Seattle Floating Homes Association has called our floating home tour a Houseboat Tour in days gone by.
***Small disclaimer. I live on a floating home.***
Some of the historical Lake Union buffs and “old timers” like me still call “floating homes” “houseboats” from time to time. I personally consider them interchangeable, except that the modern definition of a houseboat and a floating home are two different things now. Both get to enjoy the lake lifestyle, though….
Enter The FOWR System
The city came up with a plaque system and now we have and official category: Floating On Water Residence (FOWR). So I am still personally arguing that houseboats is the umbrella term which covers everyone on the lake including floating homes, FOWRs, and barges. I am usually outvoted by most on this point, but I will probably always call my floating home a houseboat regardless. In any case, most are correct. An actual houseboat by today’s standards in Seattle is a FOWR and I live in a floating home. The simplest explanation is that a houseboat is more “boaty”. It is built on a hull and has boat systems in place for water and waste in most cases. There are some incredible houseboat options lately that are actually connected to the sewer, too. A floating home is built on a floating foundation, is mostly permanently moored and always connected to the city’s sewer, water, and electrical. My apologies. If I have confused you, call me and I will try and explain again.
A couple examples of a floating homes and a FOWR which we happen to have listed currently: Here is aFloating home and here is FOWR
How much does a houseboat cost in Seattle? How much do floating homes cost?
That is a good question. This year we saw overall houseboats sales range from $90,000 to $4,500,000 for for all types of houseboats including floating homes. Two floating home sales hit the four million dollars and over mark for the first time. There are 56 sales in the MLS as of this moment and we know there are two additional ones closing and also at least a few that sold off market completely out of the mls. This is why it is so very important to tell us what you are looking for. We are highly networked into this amazing community and we can help you secure your Lake Union home!
Where are the houseboats in Seattle? Where is the best place to live on a houseboat?
Anywhere. There is a saying that basically says if you are lucky enough to live on a houseboat then you are lucky enough. This is so true. This lifestyle is like none other. Whether you are on a floating home or a houseboat, you are living a similar lake life. Living on Lake Union is like nothing else. It is an incredible contrast of urban and natural settings married together perfectly. The people that live on the lake are all interesting and life is never dull. This map needs to be updated to include larger houseboat collections..
Can you live on a boat in Seattle? Yes… but a houseboat is more convenient.
Seattle Houseboats Realtors and Your Advocates:
Let us tour you through this beautiful floating home! We are Seattle Floating homes experts and here to be your absolute advocates when it comes to houseboats living. We can help you from start to finish and beyond and welcome you to our beloved neighborhood. Have questions? 206-850-8841 [email protected]
South facing, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and large deck spaces plus over sized boat moorage, this Westlake Seattle floating home is in the perfect location for enjoying Queen Anne, Fremont, and South Lake Union. Situated on the banks of Westlake, your sunrises will knock your socks off and take in the city views and constant boat parade. Westlake is an exclusive enclave in the Seattle floating homes community that is reserved for the most discerning lake residences.
Near the end of this private dock sits an amazing floating home built to the satisfaction of a water enthusiast. The traditional floor plan graces three bedrooms up including a three quarter bath. The main floor is open and spacious with beautiful French doors leading you to the water’s edge and wrap-around deck. Primed for the artist, the walls are wrapped with barn wood, stained glass, and active Lake Union views. Crazy close to Fremont bustle or SLU’s booming tech community. Owned moorage. $1,798,000
For a private appointment, please reach out to Courtney 206-850-8841 [email protected]
This Eastlake floating home is on the eastern side of Seattle’s Lake Union and second from the end of the dock. An outdoor lover’s dream, there is a heated bike locker, racks for your water toys, and a spot to park your companion boat. Catch the amazing sunsets from the beautiful rooftop deck or dine on your floating accessory raft. Either way, there isn’t a better place available to enjoy life afloat in Eastlake. $1,650,000 (Update: Sold on 11/4/2020 $1,900,000)
Eastlake’s perfect sunny southern spot & 2nd from the end, yet offset to open up big views! An artist’s dream w/ soaring ceilings & gleaming wood floors. Custom matching furniture & kitchen by Wes Smith w/ quartz countertops, Liebherr fridge, Fisher Paykel range (gas cooktop/electric oven), Bosch dishwasher, custom pantry storage. A reader’s paradise w/ library wall & rolling ladder. Outside spaces include rooftop & water level decks, large 31+ x 8 foot rare accessory raft & room for your boat!
You can see all Seattle floating homes on this site on the home page. We look forward to helping you learn about life afloat on Lake Union’s historic and gorgeous floating homes neighborhoods!
Seattle houseboats living at its best in this cool Eastlake Floating home!
Have you thought about life in Seattle on a houseboat or floating home? Seattle houseboats living afloat is fabulous and here is a great floating home available now! Best panoramic views of Lake Union and beyond from your expansive rooftop deck on this super cool Seattle floating home in sought after Eastlake. Beautiful floating Seattle oasis with owner’s suite includes gorgeous bath and its own private southwest facing deck to admire the lake activity. One more bedroom or office on this level. Travel upstairs and capture incredible natural light and open concept with living room, dining room, eat in kitchen and half bath. Innotech tilt & turn windows are also special finds on floating homes.
Everyone who dreams of Seattle Houseboats Living, wants a great outdoor space, so we especially love the deck conveniently off this level for grilling up dinner. Then there is the rooftop deck! Seattle floating homes with rooftop decks are always on wish lists, but to find one so large is truly your own private “backyard”.
This is a great dock filled with awesome floating home and land neighbors and in a wonderful location. Living on a Seattle floating home is an absolute great way to enjoy all that the city has to offer while being in your own private water world with nature. It really makes the outside world melt away and is also great for easy access to water sports! $1,600,000
Details of this Seattle Floating Home
1155 Square feet
$550/month dues cover water, sewer, garbage, taxes on submerged parcel
roof top deck
co-op dock so you own a share in the dock to secure your slip ownership.
Obviously Coronavirus and Covid-19 have had a mind blowing effect on the world we live in. Real estate is no different in that regard. When the governor first shut the state down, we were worried about the impact that this would have on our economy overall, but specifically with regard to Seattle real estate and especially the Seattle floating homes market which is my home. What we have found is an actual significant uptick in the Seattle houseboats and floating homes market. My ongoing theory has been that people would much rather be quarantined to the natural beauty of our floating homes neighborhood rather than stuck somewhere else. While I have worried for my friends and family, I personally have really enjoyed being quarantined at home with my son. It doesn’t quite feel like being shut in when you have the boat parade and water scenery before you all the time. Walks around Lake Union, Portage Bay, through the empty UW campus, and surrounding neighborhoods have added depth to our experiences, but I keep coming back to the peace and serenity I feel on the water. I think that this global pandemic has caused a lot of people to reevaluate their living situations.
So how has this affected our Seattle floating home community’s real estate market?
Surprisingly well believe it or not! I ran numbers on Seattle floating home sales beginning with the lock down (not including other kinds of houseboats – just floating homes). The dates are 3/16/20-6/27/20 as of this writing. I then ran the numbers for the same period in 2019. The results are astounding! We have a 217.60% increase in volume year over year. This accurately represents what we are experiencing.
March 16th – June 27th 2020: Ten Seattle floating homes are either Pending or have sold during this time frame with a total volume of $15,841,000. We were/are involved with eight out of ten of these or 80% of the ten floating homes sold or pending.
March 16 – June 27th 2019: Five Seattle floating homes sold during this same time period in 2019. HALF! The volume was even lower at $7,280,000. We were involved in three out of the five of these sales or in other words 60% of the homes that sold during that time.
Uptick in Seattle Houseboats real estate seems to boil down to a few things:
More targeted and precise marketing by us for floating homes listed
More serious Seattle houseboats buyers – they are goal oriented, qualified, and determined.
More desirable floating homes to be quarantined to – our Seattle houseboats community overall is magical
Increased availability – Some of our long time residents have decided to sell what I consider to be legacy properties resulting in floating homes that we haven’t seen listed in decades.
As a real estate broker, I can say that our industry has been turned upside down with this. We have added more virtual tours, photographs, video walkthroughs, and property films than ever before. There have been no open houses. When we were finally allowed to show or inspect homes it was with limited people to the point that in the beginning husbands and wives had to take turns looking with one of us. Masks and gloves are the new norm. Inspections were performed with the agent and inspector facetiming the buyers out in their car. No flyers. No business cards. No new signs because the sign company was not considered essential. Even moving companies were not considered essential. The state has opened up more and it is easier to buy and sell real estate, but restrictions are still in place and will be for a long time. We adapt and excel. Change is always inevitable and it is important to be able to switch gears to best represent your clients safely. We have got this!
The restrictions put in place over this pandemic have actually been beneficial for our sellers who understand and follow our advice. Open houses do not sell homes and invited a lot of “lookie loos” and we spent a lot of effort educating what were sometimes just tourists about our lifestyle on the lake. We are now able to qualify buyer prospects more stringently and we go through an entire run down before we ever go in a house. We sanitize our listings before and after showings. We make sure anyone in your home is wearing masks and gloves. Marketing material is virtual and so our sellers have a “leg up” because we already are the leaders online for floating home marketing. It has been fascinating to watch some of these properties change hands.
Thank you. We are so very thankful for the opportunity and grateful for the chance to advocate for you and this special neighborhood of floating homes in which I call home. We will never take it for granted. Please reach out if you need anything at all [email protected] 206-850-8841
Regarding any statistical info from the NWMLS: Information and statistics derived from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
An overwhelming star of the last Seattle Floating Homes Association Tour, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a front row view to the city and Lake Union. We are truly Speechless in Seattle! This gorgeous Seattle floating home is an Italian inspired masterpiece and an absolute work of art. Offering a half-mile of open Lake Union & iconic grand city views including the Space Needle!
Thoughtful details are all reminiscent of the water and surrounding environment. Extremely rare front row opportunity on the most southern dock with nearly 50 feet of water frontage. Entertainer’s paradise with large artful spaces, endless views, high end cook’s kitchen, dining spaces, & outdoor paradise.
Some of the artful details of this stunner…
The Front Entry – The exterior siding surrounding the entry walls is an art installation inspired by the lake water. It consists of hand-adzed cedar planks. Custom-made marine grade steel door (450 lbs!) in vibrant red. If unlocked it will not blow open in heavy winds! The door bell is wired for voice and camera. Once inside, there is a nice wall for art. The door to the coat closet includes a carved Nuristan panel and a lost wax cast door handle.
Living Room – Open room with giant window framing the grand iconic view that will leave any viewer “speechless”!! The dining area gives a front row seat to the view. Two Murano glass fixtures flank the arched entry to this room. Magically, the ceiling is curved! The carpenter was formerly a boat builder and loved curves. Watching the light dance across the ceiling is an exercise in peace and solitude. The colorful glass swivels are reminiscent of the city’s reflection at night when colorful bands wiggle. There is a Danish woodburning stove that includes a bake oven. A slab of Calacatta marble is the backdrop behind the woodstove. The stone is carved into a pattern reminiscent of wind on the lake waters. the room is setup for Surround Sound with attractive speakers by Vienna Acoustics. Bifold doors lead to deck space that is great for a grill and friends.
Kitchen – The kitchen was designed by a gourmet cook who loves to entertain! This custom kitchen includes generous counter space and cupboards veneered with bigleaf Maple. The kitchen has a main work area and a smaller bar area. The cityscape and Space Needle are framed by a half moon tilting window facing south. There are two Bosch ovens, a Miele dishwasher, Best stove hood, Thermador electric stovetop, disposal, and a stainless steel double sink. A stainless steel pot rack hangs near to the stove. There are wood shelves and Rossli glass shelves. The counter tops are of Blue Bahia stone slabs. The bar area includes a countertop with a pull out cutting board, a small sink, an undercounter SubZero refrigerator, and glass and wood shelving for displaying glassware. There is a Marzocco Espresso machine. Also, in this part of the kitchen, there are two large pullout pantries, a SubZero 146 bottle wine cellar, a cupboard for cleaning supplies, two small and one large cupboard, and a hidden Miele stacked washer/dryer tucked back in the utility area. In addition, the kitchen has a sitting area that extends from the curved wall beneath the spiral staircase to the custom-made tri fold doors that open up to the patio, making for a beautiful indoor-outdoor space in the middle of the winter months.
Master Bedroom, upstairs – The master bedroom has custom cabinetry to each side of a king sized Murphy bed, which gives the flexibility to use of the space. The wood is washed with a denim blue hue. The faux walls and ceiling are in sunshine colors that complement the monochromatic hues of rainy season. The custom wrought iron curtain rod is an art installation, a collaborative piece by two Seattle artists. The curtains are made of JAB designer fabric from Italy- a white linen-cotton-silk sheer with a Matisse-like pattern and an opaque sky blue curtain also of natural materials. This room has a grand half-moon window that looks south to the city and the Space Needle- speechless!!! Centered in the grand arch is a Juliet balcony with a custom carved metal railing by renowned local artist Blair Robbins, inspired by lake waters.
Few people have the opportunity of ever seeing this view – a half-mile of open lake, the shipyard, the city, the Space Needle!! There is a deck on the west side of the master bedroom, which is perfect for watching the July 4th fireworks! Also, it is a nice private retreat. Exterior steps lead to the upper deck. The siding on the upper deck is an art installation of hand-adzed cedar planks that are reminiscent of the ever-changing surface textures of the lake waters.
Master Bathroom, upstairs – The entry to this bathroom is a custom Nuristan sliding door. Upon entry, one is welcome by deep indigo walls with clean whites! Radiant-heater floor of contemporary white, ceramic flat pebble mosaic. Tyrell & Lang’s ‘Rosebud’ tub of stone resin, an elegant organic form. The north wall is Mediterranean blue Italian ceramic tiles representing the sea, with a band of Calcutta marble carved with a pattern resembling beach ripples at low tide. The sink commode is contemporary Italian, as is the tall, narrow rotating storage unit. Toto toilet. The shower is a quarter-round with walls of Mediterranean blue Italian ceramic tiles. The rounded glass enclosure is also Italian. There is a custom Calcutta marble rim. The towel warmer, too, is Italian.
Artsy & Unique as is Life On Water
Every detail throughout this home was carefully thought out. It is contemporary Mediterranean with primitive accents, inspired by travels in Italy. It is minimalist, light and airy, colorful and inviting.
Seattle floating homes in Portage Bay have been well sought after in recent years. Here is one that hasn’t changed hands for forty years! Its adorable, too! Ready for its legacy to be passed on to its next occupant, this sweet floating home is the princess of houseboats! From the moment you step down Shelby Street in Portage Bay, you may have the same feeling that most residents here have – one of your shoulders relaxing and the entire day melting away. Many times, I have heard of this account and experience it myself on a regular basis. This truly is peaceful Portage Bay, but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening here! This home has an incredible channel view to the full boat parade! If that’s not enough jump into your kayak or paddle out on your SUP.
One bedroom with large walk in closet and super cool historical Jalousie windows, stacking washer and dryer and all fir floors throughout. This is a gem and has a large covered wrap around deck complete with haint paint in the eves. Enjoy your fun neighbors and the private coveted lush garden on the shores of this cooperatively owned moorage’s property. In addiiton, it comes with on shore storage at no additional charge. The monthly dues cover all your utilities except for electricity and cable.internet, and the home is equipped with a super efficiient newer pellet stove.
Enjoy living on the banks of Portage Bay in this incredible part of town. So close to Little Lago, that the lovely smalls of their wood fired pizza and hand made espresso drinks billow through the air when the gentle breezes go by. Located on the Portage Bay Loop, this is a great spot to jump on the 3.2 mile loop around the bay which is the eastern arm of Lake Union. Paddle to Ivar’s for some fish and chips or go through the Montlake Cut and check out the waterways of the Arboretum and Foster Island. There is no shortage of adventure and peace here! $765,000
Some of the details of this Portage Bay floating home:
735 square feet
1 bath (includes a tub!)
sunny eat in kitchen
owned moorage for home
room to tie up your kayaks
on shore storage
private community garden
Regarding any statistical info from the NWMLS: Information and statistics derived from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
Westlake is one of the highlights of our Seattle floating homes neighborhood. It is truly coveted, but sometimes overlooked. The truth is that Lake Union floating homes in Westlake don’t change hands nearly as often as other parts of our community. Tom Hanks knew this when he lived here in 1993’s blockbuster hit Sleepless In Seattle. Just one stop into the Westlake Deli will keep you coming back for more. The neighborhood is also located on the acclaimed Cheshiahud Loop which offers lots of great options for connecting North to Fremont, Burke Gilman Trail, and more, plus South to South Lake Union and Downtown. Additionally, Queen Anne is right there and depending on where you are in Westlake, there is also an easy foot bridge across Westlake Ave N. It’s limitless.
Here are some reasons from one Westlake floating home owner.
“Our bike/walk path is the best in Seattle from Fisherman’s terminal to Amazonville. Also, though Fremont is very walkable and close to us (0.8 mile to PCC), we are also only 1.4 miles to Queen Anne’s neighborhood – an area we always identify with and use daily – several restaurants (re-opening someday), Trader Joes, nail places, pet places, dry cleaners, indoor pool..
I can understand why some people think Westlake is much busier, but it’s quiet on the water and more accessible location. When I lived on Fairview, I had also thought Westlake was more exposed… until I moved to Westlake and soon after I moved there, I appreciated it much more.”
Westlake in short supply per usual
Westlake floating homes for sale come up here and there. They are always sought after and won’t last. Please let us know if you would like to see them or learn more about this incredible neighborhood.
The 2466 Westlake Ave N dock is part of The Sleepless In Seattle Coop
Please call/text us for your private viewing of any available floating homes – socially distanced, cleaned, sanitized, and compliant with state and CDC guidelines. email [email protected]
Pending – 2766 Westlake Ave N Unit #A, Seattle, WA 98109
There’s nothing like living on the water. This beautiful craftsman updated floating home proves it! Relax while taking in the expansive views from your new rooftop deck; an entertainment delight! A wonderful flex room is perfect for a family room, home office work space, or turn it into another bedroom. The kitchen and great room join to create a sophisticated space for entertaining guests. Endless counter space and loads of storage. One bdrm w/ full bath all on the main floor.
Regarding any statistical info from the NWMLS: Information and statistics derived from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
We are excited to show you this cool neighborhood!
The light reflecting on the ceiling and dancing around the various spaces in this luxury Seattle waterfront living retreat is like nothing else you have seen. Brand new sleek and clean spaces offer the very best in living on the water. There is no better time to live on the water. Whether you are a boater or enjoy other water recreational activities, life in Seattle is better when you are here. Reserve your time to see it this week. c/t 206-850-8841
Stunning newly built architectural masterpiece at Stillwater Landing includes 1 car designated garage parking w/ 50 amp service & room for a boat alongside your home. Outstanding views of the Montlake Cut, Seattle Yacht Club, UW, Portage Bay water & mountain views. Fleetwood Sliders w/ expansive floor to ceiling design throughout, Liebherr & Miele appliances, his/hers master walk in closets, more. Exceptionally constructed w/ +/- 2,650 sq ft of living space + 800 sq ft roof top! Home Warranty.
This is an interesting topic in the Seattle houseboats world. When you move into a home on land, you schedule the moving truck and they back into your driveway or park on the street in front of your home. What happens when you move in or out of a floating home? The answer is it depends. It depends on a number of factors and features really of your dock.
Location. You hear about location, location, location in Seattle real estate, but never does that come into play more than when you are moving in or out of a floating home in Seattle. The neighborhood in which your dock is located is a crucial part of the puzzle when it comes to figuring out logistics of a move. Floating homes are at street ends and alleys in many cases in Portage Bay, and tight streets exist in Eastlake, Fremont, Wallingford, and Westlake. Taking the time to find out if the moving truck can even fit close to your dock is important. Make sure to have the movers come out and map out the plan.
Communication. Let your dock know the plan. There may be a loading zone or parking spaces which need to be reserved.
Security. You may need to ask for help from someone who can physically watch your belongings while furniture and boxes are moved up or down the dock so that the truck is not left unattended at any time.
Use of Dolly, Cart, etc. First of all, make sure that the wheels of a third party cart or dolly are not going to be damaging to your dock surface. Seattle floating home docks usually have great carts for moving your belongs up and down the dock, but you might want to ask the dock board if it is okay to use them for a floating home household move. They are in place at the head of the houseboats dock so that all the floating home residents can use them in every day life. Additional wear and tear on them may not be welcome.
Moving from dock to dock or from one floating home on the dock to another on the same dock? Consider filling a boat! This is especially great for planters and outdoor furniture, but can be a great mode of transport for indoor belongs as well.
Leveling it. Last note and important!!! When you move furniture in and out you may need to call a diver to come level your home – especially if you are moving a particularly heavy piece of furniture! The diver may need to come out and move flotation around or add more…
There are some great choices available right now – both on land and in the floating home world. Let us know if you are interested in exploring our amazing Seattle neighborhoods. I live and work in Seattle and am your absolute advocate in the Seattle houseboats world. Current Seattle floating homes listings range in price from $995,000 to $2,950,000 and can be found in Eastlake and Portage Bay.
Contact us. We are your Seattle Houseboats Experts and look forward to helping you and answering all your questions. [email protected]
What a gorgeous day! We always say that this is the kind of weather that was made to show off Seattle houseboats! This luxury new construction floating home build is no exception to that. This is the last floating home available in the Stillwater Landing development. It is that one that was held back because the design was so incredible. It is also the last basement allowed in Seattle floating homes per current city rules. This luxury lake home is incredible!!! Three levels of living space with high ceilings, luxury finish work, and radiant warm floors. It has boat moorage and garage parking – complete with electrical to install a car charger if you want. It really has it all… and you own your own moorage. $2,950,000
This is a once in a lifetime buy as the city has a net zero policy on these and no more new Seattle floating homes will be allowed to add to the number that we have on the lake already. In addition, no additional basements will be permitted according to the code. It’s also rare to get a garage parking space and be in this incredible corner of Portage Bay.
We would be happy to show you this property. We have lender, inspector, appraiser, and insurance referrals for these special waterfront properties and we are happy to walk you through each step. We look forward to showing you this floating home or others and are your absolute advocates for Lake Union homes and waterfront living. We are here to help and your absolute Seattle Houseboats Experts ℠.
Not much on the market as far as Seattle houseboats go in the floating home world right now. Looking for the charm of a historical home with the sleek finishes of new construction? Interested in living on the water in Seattle? This is Seattle houseboats living at its finest and a great combination of the two things you like best! This is an adorable newly redone from the inside out Portage Bay floating home.
From the marketing remarks for this Seattle floating home for sale in the MLS listing: “A classic floating home bungalow is transformed into a modern, energy efficient home. Newly renovated 2 bed/2 bath floating home in Portage Bay w/ all updated features and systems. Inviting kitchen for the chef includes Fisher Paykel appliances, glass tiles, quartz counters, and hand built wooden cabinets. Master bdrm w/ walk-in closet. Hardwood floors, bountiful natural light, extends to a beautiful sliding door wall maximizing your views to the west. Awesome lifestyle. Boat moorage included!” $1,098,000 email [email protected]
We are deep into the 2019 holiday season now and we are so thankful for the fabulous year that we have had. We love this community so much and appreciate that you think of us first when it comes to buying or selling your Seattle floating home. We look forward to 2020 and serving the Seattle floating homes community well into the future.
Let’s catch up on the Seattle floating homes market over the last couple of months! There are five floating homes for sale in Seattle currently. They range in price from $550,000 for a two bedroom with a long term lease in Portage Bay to $3,200,000 for a brand new construction luxury floating home with a basement in Portage Bay. Three of these Seattle floating homes are in Portage Bay, one is in Fremont, and one is in Eastlake. The average list price is $1,710,000 and the average dollar per square foot is $1061.82 with a range from $672.37 to $1,315.79.
Looking at closed sales in the last sixty days, there have been four Seattle floating homes for sale that have sold through the MLS that range in price from $500,000 to $2,700,000 with a median sales price of $882,500 and an average days on market of 54 days. Three of these were in Portage Bay and one was in Westlake. The average sales price to list price for these floating homes was 95.67%. We sold three out of four of these! We definitely know the market and are happy to help you if you want an evaluation. We have specialized in Seattle Houseboats for over a decade and can offer you a wealth of experience and knowledge. Living in, working in, and giving back to this community is what we do. We also can help you with a FOWR Seattle houseboat purchase for the many Seattle houseboats that are not floating homes. Reach out so you can learn about this special segment of the Seattle houseboats lake market, too. There’s lots of real estate on the lake in Seattle and we are here to help you with all of it.
Want more information? We at Seattle Afloat are Seattle Houseboats Experts and the only team working on the lake today that has been successfully representing clients together for almost two decades. Regarding any statistical info from the NWMLS: Information and statistics derived from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
Brand new luxury Seattle floating homes? There usually aren’t any. Our community is over 100 years old so when this happens it is worth taking note. Never before have I seen a Seattle floating home with such a high design IQ and so much incredible finish work. It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone.
A stunning and timeless architectural designed floating home in Stillwater Landing. Expansive floor to ceiling Fleetwood sliders allow for maximum indoor/outdoor living. Beautiful kitchen on upper floor includes 5″ wide oak floors, Calacatta Laza polished quartz countertops, Liebherr & Miele appliances, eat-in kitchen and dining room. Entertain with ease on the open concept floorplan taking in the views of Montlake cut and Portage Bay. Luxurious master bed/bath. Boat moorage, garage parking. $3,200,000
Contact Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 for additional details, a private showing, lending options.
Much like the water that floating homes live on, we experience ebbs and flows with Seattle real estate. So far, 2019 has been a year full of fun, exciting developments and sales for floating homes.
The #1 question we get asked is “What’s the Market Like Right Now?”
This question can sometimes be construed in two ways. It depends – “are you a buyer or a seller”, right?
My friends, floating homes of course experience the same ride as land homes but only on a smaller scale. What do I mean? I mean when we start to see “price improvement” for homes actively on the market, it can mean there are less buyers and more inventory (sellers). Sellers are coming off a three year high from home sales and some expect to still be in that value system.
Floating homes, however, magically seem to hover around a certain number of homes which sell each year no matter what kind of real estate market we are in. That number is around 25. I am strictly referring to floating homes and not houseboats or vessels which do not have a King COUNTY tax assessor plaque.
So far this year we know of FOUR OFF MARKET SALES, two of which SeattleAfloat have completed. This, my friend, is why it is so important to reach out to us if you are thinking of buying or selling because some of these sales are not in the MLS or made public and it could directly impact how you buy or sell in the future.
By including the four off market sales, to date, there are 14 floating home sales as of July 21, 2019. We can still make our magic 25 number of sales because there are currently 13 active floating homes and we are only half way through the year.
Concentrating on the solds, the median sales price is $910,000. When I wrote the same market update last summer it was $750,000.
Looking at the actives, we see some amazing ranges of floating homes out there. From $499,000 on a condo dock to $3.2M for a brand new construction. The time is now to keep our community alive and vibrant. So many people we talk to each day are appreciative floating homes are a staple in our city. Let’s keep it this way!
Regarding any statistical info from the NWMLS: Information and statistics derived from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
When people are looking at Seattle floating homes, they almost always want to know about the end of the dock moorages. The Dox dock has two docks so there are four end of dock locations and lots of floating homes toward the end. If you can find a floating home on this dock community, it offers stunning panoramic views of Lake Union, from the Seattle skyline to Gasworks Park – if it has good dock position.
Located in a charming floating home neighborhood, this floating home dock features a clean, well-planned open design and remarkable views. This dock is a Coop moorage & there is room for boats on some slip.
Lake Union is your own private “swimming pool”
off street parking
Want to see any floating homes? Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 [email protected] We specialize in Seattle houseboats for sale. Our Seattle Realtors are waterfront experts and have been in the floating homes community for well over a decade. We are huge advocates for the community and promise to honor your special home and our neighborhood.
This is a great alternative to Seattle houseboats living or Seattle waterfront living. Living at the water’s edge at the head of Shilshole Bay is a unique Seattle experience. This is a an opportunity to be a daily witness to the constant boat parade and the salty air of the Puget Sound. From the moment you traverse the staircase down into this secluded piece of heaven, you will not want to leave. Settle in and listen to the seagulls and live a simpler life.
Nestled in a private setting, discover this sanctuary you’ve been longing for offering the best of both land and water from the moment you wander onto the grounds. A great place to enjoy Seattle and all her beauty by recognizing an opportunity and history like no other. $675,000
Built in 1944
880 square feet
Wide open water views
Please contact us if you would like a private showing. This one is by appointment only. call text 206-850-8841
There are not that many end of dock Seattle floating homes. A small fraction of the 517 Lake Union floating homes are in end of dock slip locations. If you are longing for a daily boat parade and beautiful open water, then pay attention! call/text 206-850-8841 for more info or a private showing.
Portage Bay is Lake Union’s Eastern arm, but also a charming neighborhood in North Capitol Hill. It is a unique residential pocket that despite being cut off like an island from the rest of Capitol Hill and Eastlake by two freeways, it offers a quiet and peaceful serenity like no other. Floating homes here are colorful and range from derelict to upper crust and the adjoining upland neighborhood is full of the most charm you can possibly fit in one corner of Seattle and anchored by the acclaimed neighborhood hot spot Little Lago.
By boat, you can travel to Ivar’s, the main portion of Lake Union, the Ballard Locks, the Puget Sound, Islands, and more or go the other direction through the Montlake Cut and head into Lake Washington for open water sports and an annual visit from the Blue Angels. By car or bike, you are close to everything.
The Dock Community
Situated at the base of Shelby Street, the Shelby Dock recently went through an entire dock rebuild and upgrade. It is state of the art and all systems have been upgraded and most importantly moved UNDER the dock (no hanging power lines). This was a large undertaking that took a lot of time and money and the result is stunning. The Shelby dock has three loading zone parking spaces for deliveries, temporary parking, and other short term uses. There is an on land cottage that is shared by all 19 floating homes on the dock which includes communal space and also individual locking storage units for members of the dock. The Shelby Dock also has an incredible private garden at the head of the dock and two community boat moorage spaces which are available on a first come first serve basis.
One bedroom open floor plan floating home has large grandfathered in floating waterside “yard”! Lots of really cool wood details in the home. Lots of windows and large views, great breezes on a warm day as you gently rock. It can be remodeled or replaced with same float size. $1,500,000
We are Seattle floating homes experts and we are here to answer all your questions. This dock is for floating homes and not other kinds of Seattle houseboats.
Two Seattle Floating Homes are OPEN SUNDAY 2/17 from 1-4PM
We are holding two Seattle floating homes open this weekend! If you have been wanting to check out the houseboats along Fairview in Eastlake then this weekend is a great opportunity! Priced at $750,000 and $799,000, these two floating homes both have boat moorage and are located towards the south end of the lake. Great commute option for Amazon or downtown. Fabulous lifestyle. Open Sunday 2/17 1-4PM
2019 Fairview Ave E #B A fantastic Eastlake floating home ready for your own personal design! We love the generous light and roomy spaces. Hardwoods throughout the main level extending to your back french doors. A super cozy free standing gas fireplace huddles in the corner, one full bath and a bedroom on the main plus lofty space/bedroom upstairs. Folks this one has a tremendous amount of storage. Two fantastic decks to welcome the southern exposure on a wonderful Co-Op dock. Never miss a sunrise or sunset again.
2025 Fairview Ave E #Q Come aboard a very special Eastlake floating home to enjoy a slice of nature and art. Light, bright and a beautiful kitchen with ample storage. A cleverly designed built in kitchen table to maximize space. Two bay windows to relax and day dream in the living room. Master en suite on upper level with your private balcony to soak up the west facing sun. A few more steps up to enjoy the amazing roof top views. Moor your boat or water toys. Wonderful neighbors & great co-op dock!
We look forward to seeing you in Eastlake on Sunday!
Seattle Floating Homes Market: Welcome Home To The Log Foundation
Looking for Seattle houseboats living? The Log Foundation’s Seattle floating home at 2025 Fairview Ave E #Q, thoughtfully designed by local architect, this waterfront living dream has huge upwards investment potential. Come aboard this very special Eastlake floating home to enjoy a slice of nature and art.
Light, bright and a beautiful upscale kitchen with more than ample storage. A cleverly designed built in kitchen table to maximize space. Two bay windows to relax and day dream in the living room. Master en suite on upper level with flexible room for office or upper den. My favorite part of this is the wide open channel views out of the bedroom corner.
Enjoy your private south facing balcony to soak up the west facing sun. A few more steps up to enjoy the amazing roof top views. Moor your boat or water toys. Wonderful neighbors & great co-op dock! Low dues! $750,000
Call or text us to see it as it won’t last long at this price. Want to look at a property that actually pencils out as an investment? Let us know and we will show you how the numbers work on this one and others.