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

Gas Works Park Marina On Lake Union

Gas Works Park Marina On Lake Union

Gorgeous Day in Seattle for water lovers on Lake Union.  Gas Works Marina is sweet spot on North Lake Union for Seattle houseboats.  Courtney and I looked at an adorable housebarge today on this sunny Seattle day.  With less than 35 housebarges available on Lake Union, this is a score!  Here is a great shot of Gas Works Park Marina lines with adorable houseboats. 

Gas Works Park Marina

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

Seattle Houseboats Open This Weekend!

Seattle Houseboats Open This Weekend!

Seems like Lake Union real estate might be awakening a bit after a couple months of slower activity.  Come out and see some of our great Seattle houseboat offerings!

Here is the schedule:

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Saturday 1/22/2011 From 12-3PM

2401 N Northlake Ave B-17

2764 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat D

2764 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat C

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Sunday 1/23/2011 From 12-3PM

2764 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat D

2764 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat C

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Are you interested in Seattle houseboats?

Let us know if you would like a private tour of these or any other Seattle Houseboats for sale right now.

Courtney@SeattleAfloat.com

206-850-8841


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

Two Slips Are Better Than One

Take your pick: calm, protected waters during the winter months or high tale it out to center stage at the end of dock for some amazing summer time fun

Comfortably open floor plan

Truly an amazing location for an amazing houseboat.  This beauty is a 60′ long Catamaran designboat  with a steel hull (which was just painted) and insulated with polyurethane foam cylinders.  Extensive and thoughtful care has been taken by The Ark’s owner.  The 1,000 square feet of living space (including 2 bedrooms and 1.50 baths) has the style and sophistication you deserve on the water!  Forced air in all the rooms, two new engines in 2007 with 135 hp and 4 cylinders plus a 220 gallon water storage tank.

Insulated storm windows throughout, high speed internet cable available, hot water showe to rinse off after a kayak trip to the favorite, local Aqua Verde restaurant.  Financing options are available ~ feel free to contact us to answer more of your questions or a free tour.

A popular kayak’s cafe

Fairview Ave Houseboat Highlight

Dockside from the Willow Dock, you can see the roof top and all the beautiful surroundings here...

This has to be the best Seattle floating homes buy on Fairview Ave E in Eastlake.

This peaceful floating home has 1930 characteristics, but modern sensibilities – look no further than the gleaming hardwoods and modern slate bathroom for comfortable touches, but also don’t miss the fact that this particular houseboat has gas on the dock. The gas is on the dock and also in the home itself! There is a cozy gas fireplace in the living room to warm up on those gray days with.

We get a lot of calls for Lake Union moorage and this special floating home does have moorage with room for a couple boats depending on size.  One of the biggest surprises to people looking for houseboats is that they don’t all have moorage attached to them or even available. Not only does hti sone have it abundantly, but the slip for the house itself is also owned with low dues and a pet friendly dock.  It really has all the items on most people’s list for Seattle floating homes (even the roof top deck!)

We have had many people say this is the best priced Seattle houseboat on Lake Union and we agree – let us know if you want a private tour of what life afloat could be like here.

  • 2 Bedrooms Plus Sleeping Loft
  • Room to go up
  • Lake Union Moorage
  • gas fireplace
  • remodeled slate bath with modern fixtures
  • walk around deck
  • special customized ramp to adjust for differences in Lake level throughout the year.
  • co-op owned dock
  • low taxes and low dues

2321 Fairview Ave E flyer

$595,000

For more info –

Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 or Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800

Seattle Houseboats For Sale Right Now Have Great Range In Price Points

Seattle Houseboats For Sale Right Now Have Great Range In Price Points – There really is something out there for everyone, but what makes them so different in price?

There are currently 13 Active Seattle Houseboats for sale right now in the MLS. Lots of good choices and most of them boast owned Lake Union moorage for their slips whether it be fee simple as in Roanoke Reef, condominium moorage or cooperative moorage. Only 2 of the 13 are on leased moorage – this means they do not own the slip their homes are in, but rather rent it from the owner.

Priced in Seattle floating homes range greatly right now from $325,000 for a charming Seattle houseboat in Westlake to more than ten times that price at $3,800,000 for a high end newer custom beauty on the Eastlake side.

Variables in Seattle houseboats can range from type of houseboat moorage (owned or leased) to size and style of construction or even bells and whistles as every floating home is different.

Here is a good list to consider when wondering how a Seattle houseboat is priced:

  • Type of moorage for the houseboat slip itself (leased or owned)
  • If owned, what type (condo, fee simple, co-op, or combo)
  • The strength of the dock members itself (some docks are going to be better than others in terms of finances , maintenance, and cohesiveness of dock members overall.
  • moorage for a boat – if so how big of a slip?
  • Parking?
  • Dues/taxes
  • age/maintenance/upkeep of floating home itself
  • roof top?
  • square footage?
  • gas on dock?
  • views?
  • pet policy?
  • nearby amenities
  • is there a DNR lease?
  • outdoor spaces and connectivity to water
  • channel views between docks
  • type of construction/type of float
  • security

There are of course other factors as each individual has different preferences.  It is just difficult to give Seattle floating homes an overall dollar per square foot estimate as each one is so different.  You can only compare them to recent sales to get numbers.

For instance, we recently sold a beautiful Portage Bay floating home at 1214 E Hamlin #3 for $645,000.  It is a one bedroom with roughly 800 square feet.  This makes the two bedroom  2321 Fairview #3 a complete bargain at it’s listed asking price of $595,000.  You can also find amazing prices on the Westlake Floating homes near Fremont – with easy walk to tons of life in Fremont, Queen Anne, or Downtown, not to mention of course South Lake Union.  Call if you want to check them out 206-850-8841

Seattle Floating Homes Houseboat Market Wrap Up

Seattle Floating Homes Houseboat Market Wrap Up –

A lot can happen in a week or two!  The Seattle housbeoat market seems to be heating up a bit –

Recent Seattle Houseboats moving from Active status in the MLS –

Charles Buell During A Seattle Floating Homes Inspection

Pending Properties range from a Portage Bay Houseboat on Hamlin Street listed for $645,000 to a beautiful end of dock Eastlake Seattle floating home with huge sweeping views of the city priced at $2,250,000.  In between there are two other pending sales in both Westlake and Portage Bay.  The median price of these Seattle Houseboats for sale in the MLS is $845,000.  In addition to these pending houseboats, there is one that has sold and closed in the last month.  2031 Fairview Ave E #E was listed at $749,000 and sold for $676,500 in 62 days on market which is much lower than the current average days on market of 143 days.

Seattle Houseboats for Sale in the MLS right now –

Lots to choose from in EVERY price range and style.  Current offerings range from $325,000 for a 100 year old historical beauty to $3,800,000 for a newer concrete floating architectural wonder complete with underwater porthole windows.  Although there is a big range, the median list price of the current offerings is at $622,475.  You can find Seattle floating homes for sale right now in Westlake, University District, Northlake, Eastlake, and Portage Bay – both owned and leased dock moorage is attached to various properties so make sure and get the details about each type.

Want to see more info on what is out there including listing photos and virtual tours?

A view across to Eastlake Houseboats from the Sleepless in Seattle Dock

Here are some useful links, but make sure and call me if you want to see something or just have questions.  You can also text or email me if that is easier.  (courtney@SeattleAfloat.com / 206-850-8841)

Seattle Houseboats for Sale (all current listings no matter who lists them)

2321 Fairview Ave E – Really great 2 bedroom with loft and rooftop deck available right now $595,000

Eastlake Houseboat – check out this state of the art modern houseboat featured in upcoming issue of Coastal Living

Historical Houseboat For Sale – $325,000  – and amazing buy and the most affordable Seattle floating home on the market in some time.

Almost Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat – often mistaken for the movie icon, this Seattle houseboat is a great buy!

Some fun sites with Seattle Houseboat Docks Pictures –

2369 Fairview (Fairview Landing)   Roanoke Reef Houseboats Mallard Cove Houseboats (2600 Fairview)

The Seattle Floating Homes Association Floating Homes Tour Wrap Up

SeattleAfloat.com sponsored tour ferry boat

The Seattle Floating Homes Association Floating Homes Tour

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Lots of happy faces at the Seattle Floating Homes Association Floating Homes Tour yesterday!  The weather held out although it was supposed to pour on us and things went fairly smoothly.

The Tour Committee…………

The tour committee I had the opportunity to work with was wonderful (Thanks you Cathi, Jann, Laura, Melissa, Ingrid, Jo, Sylvia, Amy, Marty, and Bill).

Volunteers………………

The volunteers were amazing and thoughtful and just such a huge part of making it a great day!  Thank you to all the volunteers who came out in spades – I am so grateful for your help!

The Tour…………….

Tour Volunteer Therese Byrne from Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services with one of the happy tour goers at a home in Westlake.

There were 12 Floating Homes on Tour plus a bonus Eastlake floating home for sale which got a lot of interest as it was on the same dock as house that was on tour.  In addtion, ticket holders were treated to ferry service going back and forth between Terry Pettus Park and a floating dock in Westlake where they landed right at the famous Sleepless in Seattle houseboat.  The owner was gracious as both a tour volunteer at the boat stop, but also delighted crowds by allowing them to walk around his deck a bit and see where the some of the movie was filmed.

Touring the Mallard Cove open houseboat on the Seattle Floating Homes Tour

There were originally five homes slated to be on tour in Westlake, but due to an emergency, that side of the lake went down to four.  All four homes were quite spectacular and very different from each other.

On the Eastlake side of Lake Union, The Log Foundation Dock was kind enough to have all three of their docks open with a house on each for the tour.  There was also a floating home open on the DOX co-op dock, Tenas Chuck, The Willow Co-op dock, Roanoke Reef, and Mallard Cove.  All of these floating homes were unique and presented different ways of living on the lake.

PR Diva Laura at the coffee stand sponsored by Denise Carlson at Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union.

Thanks to all the great people who came out to support the Seattle Floating Homes Association and Seattle’s Houseboat community!
This is a very special Seattle neighborhood and proceeds from the 1200 tickets sold (SOLD OUT!!!) go towards keeping Seattle houseboats afloat as the city and other forces continually try to add restrictions to one of Seattle’s oldest and most historical neighborhoods.

Make sure and look for updates on the Seattle Floating Homes Tour Facebook page for the next tour – it only happens every other year and you should buy your tickets as early as possible.  We had a waiting list of at least 50 people on Sunday.

If you are interested in Seattle houseboats or have pictures to share from the tour, please feel free to post them here or send them to me and I will add them.  courtney@seattleafloat.com

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Thanks to my very special brokers at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services (and their spouses in some cases).

Seattle Houseboats Real Estate Market Update

Seattle Houseboats Real Estate Market Update

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Seattle houseboats for sale

There are pretty amazing choices right now and there are some once in a lifetime opportunities available as far as properties, price, location, and more.  In all, there are 13 Seattle floating homes for sale that are currently marked as Active listings in the Seattle MLS.  In addition to those, there is also a once in a lifetime custom houseboat at 11 E Allison and Lake Union floating home moorage at Ward’s Cove.

Westlake & Northlake Floating Homes For Sale:

There are five Seattle floating homes in Westlake & Northlake for sale right now in the MLS which range in price from $325,000 to $975,000.  The most affordable of these is priced at $325,000 for  a charming 100 year old historic houseboat which also happens to be a bargain condo alternative for anyone thinking about moving to Seattle or South Lake Union.  Another great Westlake houseboat is priced at $450,000 and offers two bedrooms, a sauna, available Lake Union moorage for up to 20 feet and one of the bigger decks on the lake.

Eastlake Floating Homes For Sale:

There are five Eastlake Houseboats for sale that are marked as Active in the MLS right now. These range in price from $$495,000 to $1,720,000 and include many  choices on wonderful docks like The Log Foundation, Roanoke Reef, Willow Dock, and more (Look for great Seattle houseboats on these Eastlake docks during the upcoming Seattle Floating Homes Tour).

A nice houseboat option which has lots of space and excellent upgrades is the 1930’s 2 bedroom home on the Willow Dock.

This dock is a co-op which means your moorage is owned not leased. It is a nice dock and has extras like gas plumbed.  This Eastlake floating home has a gas fireplace and cooking which is pretty special.  It also is two bedrooms plus a sleeping loft, a roof top deck, and remodeled bath.  There are hardwood and slate floors, and it is bestowed with a  Lake Union moorage slip for a companion boat!  You can see it if you are coming to the Seattle Floating Homes Association Tour because it will be open in addition to others on tour and is on the same dock as another houseboat on tour.  It is priced at $595,000 and dues/taxes are LOW.

Portage Bay Floating Homes For Sale:

There are two Portage Bay floating homes for sale marked as Active in the MLS right now – these range from $715,000 to $795,000.  Portage Bay offers some nice amenities and is a little quieter than Eastlake, but just a hop over the hill to all the action.

Recent Seattle Houseboat Real Estate Activity:

There are two Seattle floating homes that are marked as Pending Inspection in the MLS right now.  One of these is on E Hamlin in Portage Bay and the other is on The Dox dock in Eastlake.  They are priced at $645,000 and $2,250,000.

Recent Houseboat MLS Sales Include 3 Seattle Floating Homes:

A Mallard Cove floating home listed for $1,250,000 sold  on 7/15/2010 at $1,242,500 (99.4% SP /LP).  A beautiful custom remodel sold on The Old Boathouse Dock in Westlake on 7/15/2010 – it was listed for $749,950 and sold at 98.67% of list for $740,ooo with multiple offers.  A nice Lake Union floating home in Eastlake was listed for $749,000 and closed on 8/27/2010 after selling for 90.32% of list for $676,500.

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Written By Courtney Cooper, Designated Broker of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services, Founder of SeattleAfloat.com.

We are proud sponsors and volunteers of this year’s Seattle Floating Homes Tour.  Please call if you are interested in a Seattle houseboat – we are happy to walk you through the process and show you all the houseboats available – no matter who they are listed with! 206-850-8841  courtney@SeattleAfloat.com

Eastlake Seattle Houseboats Dock Highlight – The Log Foundation

Looking at Houseboats and wondering about some of the docks?

Dock rules and By-Laws change, but here are some basics.

The Log Foundation is a group of 3 docks at and are on the three most South Seattle Floating homes docks just North of Terry Pettus Park.  The Log Foundation is a co-op.  This means the submerged land that their dock is on (less the DNR leased land) is cooperatively owned by the homeowners on the dock.

The Log Foundation addresses are:

2017 Fairview Ave E

2019 Fairview Ave E

2025 Fairview Ave E

Lake Union fluctuates almost two feet and is at its lowest point in August.  These three docks are not floating docks and so the houses go up and down depending on the water level in Lake Union while the dock stays the same height.  This requires stepping down or up to get on and off the houseboat or the dock.  Many clever home owners have come up with wonderful solutions.

Houseboaters in general tend to be quite considerate and thoughtful people, but The Log Foundation has some WONDERFUL people on it and the docks have great Southerly views of the city and Space Needle.  You can check for Seattle floating homes for sale on these docks by visiting our Seattle houseboats page on Cooper Jacobs.

Seattle Houseboats Open Houses: Sunday August 15th

Seattle Houseboats Open Houses:  Sunday August 15th – Come beat the heat on a Lake Union floating home!

Seattle Houseboat Open House Info Provided by Courtney Cooper, Designated Broker for Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services and Founder of SeattleAfloat.com

There are 14 Seattle floating homes on the market right now with a wide range of afford ability from $325,000 for a great Westlake houseboat to $1,720,000 for one of the Roanoke Reef floating homes.

We happen to know of three of our favorite picks being held open on Sunday August 15th from 1-4 PM. If you are interested in seeing them or learning more about purchasing a Seattle houseboat,  make sure and stop in to see our faves:

Eastlake floating home open:

2321Fairview Ave E #3:  Absolutely charming Seattle floating home has vintage 1930s appeal coupled with modern touches like newly remodeled upscale bath with radiant stone floors and beautiful fixtures.  Hardwoods, gas fireplace and cooking, wrap around deck, roof top deck, double Lake Union boat moorage, 2 bedrooms plus a sleeping loft and room to go up if you want to take in more of the lovely Lake Union views this houseboat offers.  A steal at $595,000!  Co-op owned dock with low dues and low taxes on home.  You have to see this one! **This dock will be featured on the upcoming 2010 Seattle Floating Homes Association Floating Homes Tour.

Westlake Floating Homes Open:

Westlake Cove: Come down to Westlake Cove just steps from the Fremont Bridge (2764 Westlake Ave N) – there are two wonderful Seattle houseboats open here on Sunday from 1-4:

Houseboat C with two bedrooms and wide open channel and large deck.  $489,000

Houseboat D is a historic Gem and also happens to be the most affordable Seattle floating home in years.  $325,000

Don’t miss the opportunity to dip your feet into Lake Union real estate and enjoy life on the West side of the lake.  Co-op owned dock, low dues and low taxes on both!  Much cheaper living than an in city condo!

Want more info about Seattle houseboats or a private tour?

If you want a private tour of available Seattle floating homes for sale – both on and off the market, please feel free to get in touch with Courtney Cooper at Courtney@SeattleAfloat.com

Can You Move A Floating Home?

The Big Move: Moving A Seattle Dilapidated Houseboat And Bringing In A New One…

The old Houseboat # O on the 2017 Dock

Seattle floating homes are moored “permanently” to the docks they are on, but from time to time, it is necessary to move out dilapidated houseboats and bring in new ones or a recycled one in this case.  This is an amazing set of pictures from an event that doesn’t happen very often.

The Tug boat doing all the moving

Jann McFarland wrote a great article in the Floating Homes Association Spring 2010 Newsletter about this particular move and one of the floating homes owner on the dock was kind enough to share her photos and give me permission to publish them here (Thank you Carole!).  Both Carole and I thought it was a nice piece of houseboat history and worth sharing.

This particular houseboat move took place on 2017 Fairview Ave E on one of the Log Foundation co-op docks. It was in October of 2009 and according to Jann’s article it took almost two years to get the proper permits in place to make this feat happen.

Houseboat O’s Lake Union moorage slip is not at the end of the dock or even near the end of the dock.  In addition, the channel between that dock and the next dock over isn’t wide enough to bring an entire houseboat in or out so how do they do it?

Moving the houseboats out to the lake

Very carefully with lots of planning and cooperation from many involved.

Tugboat pushing in the replacement houseboat

Last one to be moved out before Houseboat O

It is more than just moving the floating homes in or out.  There are permits, contracts, utilities, insurance, and more, plus you have to get all of the owners on board on the same day for the move.

One by one, the floating homes on the dock are moved out to make a wide channel to bring the old home out and the new one in.  It was an all day event and involved many people coordinating their efforts.

The tug boat moved each of the floating homes on the North side of the 2017 dock out to the lake and rafted them together while the replacement houseboat was brought in.  The dock got a recycled Portage Bay floating home and brought it in place of the older houseboat being taken out.

The newer houseboat O was brought in and fixed up and it sold in less than a month for full price at $475,000 – quite a bargain actually for the size, condition, and location.  The Log Foundation Co-op is a group of Seattle floating homes owners that cooperatively own the three South most docks on Fairview Ave E in Eastlake.  It is a great houseboat community  and worth a look if you are interested in living on a Seattle houseboat.  Currently there are three Seattle houseboats for sale on the Log Foundation docks – they range in price from $495,000 to $749,000.

*Thanks to Carole Nielson for the photographs and permission to use.

More Out in the Lake

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 Houseboat Open Houses This Weekend –

Time for the Seattle Open House Tour Update –

We have some great Seattle houseboats for sale right now and the floating homes market is moving – This weekend is slow for opens with all the graduation and wedding activities around Seattle – that and Toy Story 3 opens on Friday!  Oh!  And it is Father’s Day, but here are the Seattle houseboats opens anyway:

Seattle houseboats open houses:

2321 Fairview Ave E #3: Open 1-4 Beautiful 1930 Seattle floating home with 2 bedroom, great features and updates, multiple boat moorage on a co-op owned dock.  This one had hardwood floors, radiant slate bathroom floors, an extra sleeping loft, and more!   $625,000

2025 Fairview Ave E Open 1-4 Embrace a lifestyle of living on Lake Union in the ultimate Seattle waterfront home. Relax on your rooftop deck enjoying the panoramic views from Seattle to Gasworks and take a dip in the Lake off your living room! Step onto a real log float and find that decks abound in this two story home. Located on the sunny south side of the dock; tie up your boat/kayak to the moorage spot!  $749,000

Let us know if you are interested in selling your Seattle floating home – We don’t know why you would ever want to leave this paradise, but we are happy to answer any questions you might have.  If you want to have a private tour of all Seattle houseboats for sale email us : homes@SeattleAfloat.com

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

Seattle Houseboats: Brand New Eastlake Floating Home Listing

Following new Seattle houseboats on the market?

This Eastlake floating home just came on! Long term owner has loved this one with upgrades throughout including beautiful hardwoods, remodeled slate bathroom with modern fixtures and radiant heated floors, larger kitchen with stainless, 2 bedrooms PLUS a sleeping loft, roof top view deck, wrap around water level decks with moorage for multiple boats! This is an opportunity and a great Seattle waterfront option!

Some of the stats on this one –

Owned moorage for your floating home on a well maintained co-op dock – Dues are low at $307/month and include water, sewer, garbage, moorage, and the taxes on the owned dock. Taxes on the home itself are also low as well – much lower than a home on land at only $1167/year. $625,000 You can get more info here: 2321 Fairview Ave E #3

Other Seattle floating homes market highlights:

Are you looking for Seattle houseboats for sale? There are some good opportunities right now to get into a true floating home starting at $349,990 for a log foundation floating home in Westlake. You can also get a 2 story Westlake floating home with one of the largest decks I have seen for $525,000.

Floating homes Open on Sunday 6/6/2010:

2321 Fairview

2025 Fairview

Floating Home Gardening: Trees on Houseboat Docks

The Willow Tree although it is so big that it is impossible for a camera to do it justice...

Seattle houseboat gardening – what about trees without containers?  It happens…

Every once in a while, I just have to stop and look at some of the most amazing things that can happen in nature. The first time I saw a full grown tree growing out of the water was at a Log Foundation dock in Eastlake and I have been amazed by it ever since. Each year it gets bigger as if it is growing on a hillside instead of in a lake.

Trees add a lot to the landscape of Seattle houseboats.  Having all the greenery somehow magically transports you right out of the city that you happened to be living in the middle of.

Tree trunk on houseboat dock...

Lake Union & Portage Bay houseboats have some fascinating trees – one example is the gigantic willow tree at the entrance to the Willow Dock in Eastlake. This tree is a thing of beauty if you ever get the chance to just walk by and take a peek (2321 Fairview Ave E).  It is actually growing out of the ground on the banks of Lake Union and not on the dock itself, but it is so incredible that I could not just omit it.

There are some other great examples, too. The Old Boathouse Dock over in Westlake near the Aurora Bridge has a whole grove of trees that are flourishing and providing great habitat and natural settings…

Lake Union Views mingle with tree tops on one Westlake Dock

 Share your great Seattle houseboat ideas, too! 

Make sure and send in some of your pictures if you have trees on your docks – I would love to see them or any of your floating garden pictures or ideas!  Seattle houseboaters are among the most creative gardeners I have ever seen!  You can email them to me at courtney@SeattleAfloat.com and thank you in advance!

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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