Shakes On The Lake: Seattle Floating Homes During An Earthquake
Earthquake Bathtub Sloshing Effect Verified on Seattle Houseboats
Do we feel earthquakes? This is one of the questions We get when we talk to new prospective neighbors for our Seattle houseboats and Seattle floating homes communities. They want to know how Seattle floating homes feel during an earthquake.
If you have lived in one of the Seattle floating homes (or one of the houseboats) for any number of years, you may have felt the effect of an earthquake somewhere. Every once in a while the floating houses on Lake Union just move for no apparent reason – earthquake or not. I remember the first time I experienced this strange phantom moving during an inspection for an end of dock floating home in Eastlake.
Local legend Sid McFarland was checking the house out for us and I asked him what it was. He told me every once in a while it just happens. Wise words from a lovely man whom we sorely miss in our community. I am also reminded of the time I asked him how people could live on docks with children as I held the hand of my then two year old son wearing a life jacket. He looked at me sideways and said “they watch them”. He was so great and I am thankful I was able to learn from him early on.
Helpful Reading Resource For More on Our Floating Homes Community
If you want to read more about Sid, I love the chapter of Jeri Callahan’s Staying Afloat book called The Moving Man. It is sold in the FHA’s Houseboatique if you want a copy – We are also happy to include it in our housewarming gift to you when you purchase a floating home with us of course!
Later on, I felt those movements. For Seattle earthquakes, it was a weird vibrating in my house much like the washing machine on spin cycle as the ground shook our dock pilings and moved my mooring arms. And then there is the occasional sloshing as strange rollers bounce back and forth across Portage Bay for no apparent reason. There is an explanation though. Seattle floating homes during an earthquake or similar event can feel more movement from places far away.
Verifying Seattle Floating Homes During An Earthquake From Some Of The Experts On The Lake
It was my great pleasure to be able to have the privilege of living next to the dear Betty Swift for many years. She was a fantastic lady and an excellent resource for basically everything. When I read the 2002 article by floating home resident Ed Waddington published in the Floating Homes Association Newsletter #140 about earthquakes and houseboats, I had to ask my reliable source.
Betty said oh yes, she had felt many earthquakes over the years. She then described the seiche effect that our houseboats community experienced from an earthquake that occurred in Alaska. She told me about the house lifting in a swelling of the water and then just kind of dropping. Then of course as the water bounced back and forth across Portage Bay there was a tea cup effect. This lined up very well with the Raleigh waves that Ed Waddington described in the article as feeling much like a “bathtub sloshing”. He went on to say that it feels very different than normal boat traffic wake waves. Even with this occasional sloshing I personally feel the safest in my floating home during an earthquake.
Funny as I write this and review my notes from the article, I can’t help but notice that Betty is also published in this same issue. She served this community well always and was on the Environmental Committee of the FHA at the time. Of course she was. What a lady. What a community!
Let us know what your experiences have been during various shakes on the lake. [email protected] If you are interested in living in our community on the lake, please reach out to us. We work very hard to always serve the community first and love the people here. We are Seattle Afloat – Courtney Cooper 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. ([email protected] / 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)