Seattle Floating Homes Real Estate Market Update: Seattle Houseboats Market is Afloat!
A lot happening out there on the lake, and we know of more Seattle houseboats for sale as well, so please reach out to us if you are curious about buying or selling yours! [Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 | Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 or email us at houseboats@CooperJacobs.com] In the MLS, there are SIX Seattle floating homes for sale as well as a few Seattle houseboats (and barges) and a Portage Bay slip for a floating home. The floating homes range in price from $499,999 for an adorable historical, but remodeled Portage Bay floating home with a deeded parking spot to $959,000 for an artsy and adorable Eastlake floating home on The Lake Union dock. The median list price for these floating homes is $763,583.
In addition to these active listings in the MLS, there are three additional Seattle floating homes for sale that are marked with statuses of Contingent, Pending, and Pending Inspection. These floating homes are priced in the MLS at $675,000, $950,000, and $785,000 and are all three in Eastlake on various Lake Union docks.
Seattle floating home sales over the last 30 days:
2207 Fairview Ave E #11 – Listed by Molly & Courtney SOLD!
and here is a significant Eastlake Floating Home sale:
2339 Fairview Ave E #N. This was a phenomenal Seattle floating home in Eastlake. Listed for $1,795,000 and sold in less than a week for $2,000,000 CASH. Not at the end of the dock at all, just perfectly oriented to the water and well finished. A true pleasure to walk through. The stats were 1 bedroom/1 bath, 1367 square feet and sold for $1463.06 a square foot. Not bad.
Our current favorite Seattle Afloat market choices on Lake Union:
2331 Fairview Ave E #X – Amazing dock, but even greater home with thoughtful care and details at every corner. $650,000
1213 E Shelby St – A well appointed slip with wide open views of the beautiful Portage Bay waterways. $525,000
Additional helpful information on the above sales…
Seattle Floating Homes Market Update
Seattle Floating Homes that have sold!!!!
We are here to help if you need us and we look forward to hearing from you!
– Courtney & Molly
Seattle Houseboats for Sale: 2331 Fairview Ave E, Slip X
Seattle Floating Home Just Listed and available for the first time in 20 years!
Looking at Lake Union and Seattle houseboats? Living on Lake Union is one of the most amazing Seattle lifestyles!
It is interesting because usually when Molly and I hear about a Seattle floating home that hasn’t been on the market for two decades, we wince a little and wonder what kind of project we may be walking into. Seattle houseboats can be quite dilapidated at times and there are many older ones which have much deferred maintenance. That is absolutely not the case with this Seattle floating home located at 2331 Fairview Ave E in Slip X. It is simply stunning and makes me want to sit down and have a glass of wine and chat with the neighbors on a warm sunny day with the water lapping at my toes.
The pictures tell a beautiful story of a love affair with a home which is quite obvious at first glance, but look further at the details which have gone into this home over the years and it is difficult to not be impressed. From the exterior being painted in the last five years to the stringers being replaced as needed, inside and out there are upgrades and detailed maintenance tasks like none we have seen before. From the gas lines and new electrical and windows to the raised ceiling, vaulted ceilings, and sunny skylights, this home is comfortable for modern living. The kitchen is upscale with both an eating bar and a dining room with French doors out to the deck. There are the seldom found in a floating home luxuries of gas cooking, a gas fireplace, and on-demand hot water, plus additional practical bigger ticket items like a new roof in 2010. Two bedrooms, a bath, and lots of character await you here with an asking price of only $650,000.
Here are the MLS listing remarks for our brand new Seattle floating homes listing on Lake Union:
Picture yourself living a fabulous Lake Union waterfront lifestyle in this beautiful Seattle floating home. Well maintained and remodeled, this south facing home has a sunny disposition and is the perfect place to let the summer in. Gorgeous kitchen with upscale appliances has eating bar and dining room with warm wood floors and French doors that open up to your own private deck retreat. Listen to the seaplanes while you sip coffee or take your kayak or SUP out for a jaunt on the lake without the heavy lifting.
It’s a great place and you won’t be disappointed. Please let us know if you are interested in Seattle houseboats for sale. We are happy to help!
(call/text Molly Cartwright at 206-841-6800 or email us at email@example.com)
Seattle Floating Homes Market Update – Catching Up With Lake Union Houseboats, The Shelby Dock, and Recent Sales
There has been some activity in the Seattle real estate market afloat. There Are FOUR ACTIVE Seattle Floating Homes For Sale Currently ranging in price from $725,000 to $799,000. They are located on The Shelby Dock in Portage Bay and The Log Foundation Dock in Eastlake.
Seattle floating homes for sale are few and far between and each one is somewhat different or greatly different. You really need to know what your must haves and would be nice to have list is before you begin looking. Then, be prepared to adjust that list further, because chances are that your list won’t match anything out there. To begin with there are only around 500 of these Seattle floating homes. They come in many different variations, but it is rare to find one that truly checks all of the boxes so compromise is common. There are four Seattle floating homes for sale right now in the MLS. In addition to these, Molly and I know of at least four more that are interested in selling or will be on the market soon. We won’t talk about these in this article, but please feel free to reach out if you are interested in hiring us to represent you so that you have true access to EXACTLY what is going on in the market.
Private Sales, FSBO, Bring Your Buyers To Us????
NOT. If you want the most money for your property in the least amount of time, LIST IT. There has been a trend for Seattle houseboats sellers to want to pick our brains and learn about the market and try to sell the home off market on their own. This does a huge disservice to YOU and to your return on investment, FYI. The open Seattle real estate market is the only way to get the most money for what might be your biggest investment. Molly and I can usually get you more than enough extra in sales numbers to warrant the additional expense of having your floating home sale handled by an actual seasoned veteran who knows everything about Seattle floating homes. We have all the resources at our finger tips, have worked years to have the relationships that you will find vital, and we are Seattle Houseboats Experts.
A Note On The Shelby Dock in Portage Bay…
The Shelby Dock is located at 1213 E Shelby Street in Portage Bay. It offers easy access to University of Washington and Downtown Seattle and is home to many adorable Seattle floating homes. So why are three of the four Seattle floating homes for sale located on the Shelby Dock (The Seattle floating homes for sale on the Shelby Dock that are active currently range in price from $725,000 to $799,000)? There are a number of reasons why homeowners buy and sell at any given time. Consider yourself lucky that there are so many choices at this time, PLUS the dock is being replaced and will be an unbelievable asset to future living there. Molly and I are excited to see the progress and look forward to showing you any of these special homes. As one of the lucky homeowners on The Shelby Dock put it, “those interested in living in one of the quieter floating homes neighborhoods have a rare opportunity to choose from a variety of floating home styles and sizes on this well organized floating homes dock”.
What Else Is Going On With Seattle Floating Homes?
There is a CONTINGENT Seattle floating home listed at $950,000 and a Pending Inspection floating home listed in at $735,000 – Both in Eastlake. Contingent means that they are under contract, but that it is contingent on them selling their current home. There is some seller financing available on at least one of the actives. Reach out to us and let us know how we can help:
Molly Cartwright 206-841-6800 Molly@CooperJacobs.com
Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 Courtney@CooperJacobs.com
Seattle Floating Home For Sale – The Cutest Eastlake Houseboat Fr Sale On Lake Union Is Available!
2207 Fairview Ave E: The iconic Lake Union lifestyle you have only dreamed about!
Located in Eastlake’s enclave of Seattle floating homes, this mid-dock light and bright Lake Union beauty is completely remodeled with an open floor plan featuring 2 bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, bamboo floors & new kitchen! Enjoy cozy extras like heated bathroom floor, new electrical, plumbing, windows & insulation.
Enhanced further only by the timeless willow tree that also resides here in harmony, this floating home has a great relationship with Lake Union and is the perfect place to write your novel or relax and get some much needed water therapy. $735,000
- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bath (with heated floors!)
- 832 square feet
- All New Remodeled
- Boat Moorage with dock permission
- Owned slip
Live The Lake Union Dream In Eastlake
This charming Eastlake floating home has upscale character and open living with beautiful vaulted ceilings and lots of room for storage. The surfaces are desirable and you will be delighted at every turn. IN addition,, it has one of the largest back decks that we have seen in a while. It’s a perfect place to launch your SUP or kayak! Imagine not having to lug it down to the lake every time you want to use it! Imagine friends on Fourth Of July! This is the dream. Taxes on the home are only $1042 a year and dues are $371 a month. Enjoy living close to Downtown Seattle, Amazon, and more, but still in the peaceful serenity of nature on Lake Union.
If you want to learn more about living on Seattle houseboats and why you should buy one now, then please check out our list about the 29 reasons you want to live on a Seattle Houseboat now. Number 4 is a big one: “Alternative In City Living/Location: Want to be close to it all, but not live in a condo or a townhome or a stand alone house? A Seattle floating home offers the best of all worlds and also is highly oriented to the water so it is a perfect alternative lifestyle in Seattle – and desirable as well.”
Want to Learn More About This beautiful home and Seattle Floating Homes?
Please let us know if you would like to see this beauty or other Seattle Houseboats (although we think this one is AWESOME). We know Seattle floating homes and it has a ton of attention on it currently. 2207 Fairview Ave E won’t last long! Call/Text/Email Seattle Waterfront Homes Specialists and Seattle Houseboats Experts:
Molly Cartwright: 206-841-6800 Molly@CooperJacobs.com
Courtney Cooper 206-850-8841 Courtney@CooperJacobs.com
We are happy to tell you about Seattle floating homes and the Lake Union lifestyle. We are excited to show you this Seattle Waterfront Living experience!
Thinking About Life On Lake Union And Want More Reasons To Live In One Of The Seattle Houseboats?
Seattle Houseboats Living is like no other Seattle lifestyle and here are 29 reasons why:
- Uniqueness: There is no other lifestyle in Seattle that is like living in one of the Seattle houseboats. Seattle floating homes are iconic and offer the best of many Seattle neighborhoods, plus an affordable Seattle waterfront living option.
- Community: There is a strong sense of community among your floating neighbors – both in a micro climate sense such as on a particular dock or co-op, and also as a community overall. Seattle houseboats are community.
- Characters: Because of the uniqueness of the Seattle waterfront living way of life, Seattle houseboats are appealing to extremely unique and special people. There are a wide variety of different personality types that fit perfectly into these Seattle floating homes and neighborhoods, but all of them are special!
- Alternative In City Living/Location: Want to be close to it all, but not live in a condo or a townhome or a stand alone house? A Seattle floating home offers the best of all worlds and also is highly oriented to the water so it is a perfect alternative lifestyle in Seattle – and desirable as well.
- Water Sports – Want to be able to launch your kayak from your house? Stand Up Paddleboard? You might be able to even tie your water ski boat, sailboat, or electric boat up right to your house. If you are interested in living a Seattle floating home that you can moor your companion boat next to, then make sure and look for a houseboat that offers moorage. Some co-ops allow moorage, but only after moving in and getting the dock’s permission. Other floating home it is more clear up front. Either way, it is a great opportunity!
- Water Therapy: There is nothing more therapeutic than the soft lapping of the water outside your home or being able to dip your toes into the lake on a beautiful Seattle summer day full of warm sunshine.
- Nature: There isn’t another place in city that is this much in touch with nature while still living in an urban setting. Lake Union is full of nature – you even have to choose your potted plants wisely so they don’t become goose buffets. Baby ducklings are the most fun to watch for many visitors.
- Transit: Take full advantage of Seattle’s best transit because you are close to not only buses, but also the Seattle Streetcar line in South Lake Union! This is a great option for heading into Downtown Seattle!
The Lake Union Loop – Or Cheshiahud Trail loops around Lake Union and joins neighborhoods and parks together.
- Cheshiahud Loop: The Cheshiahud Loop or Lake Union Loop is a 6.2 mile path that connects pocket parks and neighborhoods and basically loops Lake Union. There are historical markers along the way and lots to see. If you live in a floating home in Eastlake, Westlake, Fremont or a houseboat in Wallingford (Northlake), then you are basically on the loop. Floating home in Portage Bay close to the University Bridge are also on the loop.
- Duck Dodge: Tuesday Nights beginning in May offer some of the most fascinating evenings of entertainment if you like to watch sailboats race in a tight space. The Duck Dodge is a Lake Union tradition and a definite fixture in Seattle houseboat living. You can see the schedule here: http://www.duckdodge.org/schedule.php
- Floating Lifestyle Parade Of Entertainment: People watching at its best is here, folks! Swimmers, rafts, boaters, SUPS, kayaks, canoes, races, booze cruises, etc. It’s all here. Even if you are a shut in, it is completely entertaining to watch life literally float by you. This is especially true at the end of the dock or if your floating home backs up to a large channel.
- July 4th: Lake Union is the very center of July Fourth in Seattle. Everyone wants to be on a boat, a floating home, at Gas Works or South Lake Union Parks, or along the shores of the lake in the various pocket parks along the loop. July 4th is a major event in Seattle. There is a fireworks barge in the middle of the lake and a beautiful professional show is hammered out each year. It’s an event. If you live on a floating home, you are every one’s new best friend. A couple tips for you on the Fourth of July: Have all your shopping completed the day before and do not move your car form its parking spot at all on the day of the holiday. If you do, then you will find yourself without a spot to park. July 4th and New Year’s Eve are the two days we leave our cars where they are and walk in Eastlake. Parking is relatively simple the rest of the year. Second tip: If you have a rooftop deck and plan on having a party make sure that your home is not top heavy and out of balance with a lot of people. I recall one year on the Seattle Floating Home Tour, we had to regulate how many people toured the roof of one house. Each house is different and if you know that your flotation is dispersed perfectly and that you have adequate flotation, then no big deal, but if it’s a question, then keep it in check.
- New Year’s Eve: This time the fireworks are at the Space Needle and oh what a show that is! Again Lake Union is the center of life in Seattle and you ave a front row seat to the show. Lucky you! Same tips apply regarding parking and roof top deck…
- Iconic Lifestyle is Limited: There are only around 500 Seattle floating homes in Seattle and a few are added or taken away through the years leaving us with roughly the same number. It is a limited lifestyle. It is iconic. It is in demand.
- Proximity to Downtown Seattle: This is as close as you can live to Downtown Seattle without being in Belltown, South Lake Union, Pioneer Square, or Downtown Seattle itself.
- Christmas Ships: Argosy does an annual Christmas Ship Festival. It’s beautiful and living on Lake Union is a great way to be able to watch the parade go by. It is just beautiful to see decorated boats with holiday lights.
- Boat to Dinner: My favorites are Chandlers at the South end of the lake and Ivars at the North end of the lake. Both have great places to tie up while you eat and both have amazing food!
- Walk To Dinner: Lake Union is surrounded by great places to eat and all different styles – from Mexican to Pacific Northwest seafood, and beyond, Seattle is known for its food and many of these award winning places are in the heart of the city which we call Lake Union.
- Louisa’s Cafe: Louisa’s is a staple of Eastlake and there is no clearer indicator of that than the pictures on Yelp – this is the meeting place of the Eastlake neighborhood and the Seattle floating homes community.
- Serafina: Touted as one of the most amazing Italian restaurants in all of Seattle, Serafina is just up the street from the docks of Eastlake in Lake Union. Want to check out their menu? http://serafinaseattle.com/
- Pete’s Wines: Down by the water in Eastlake is the very best wine shop in Seattle – plus small grocery and deli, this place is part of the culture of Seattle floating home life in Eastlake.
- Blue Ribbon Cooking School
- Bocce Ball Named in Seattle Weekly as one of the best waterfront Bocce locations, don’t miss the Eastlake Bouledrome along Fairview Ave E.
- Pocket Parks: A considerable amount of effort has gone into making in city green spaces in Seattle and the pocket parks around Lake Union are a big part of that! Open Seattle waterfront parks are a perfect place to chill out and reflect on your day.
- P Patch: Large open space for growing vegetables lake side – always fun to see what magic has been created here as we walk the Lake Union Loop!
- Excitement: There is always something going on around Lake Union – it is exciting and an exciting way to live!
- Best Place To Write Your Novel: A perfect place to settle in and use the water for inspiration – Living on a floating home is the perfect place to finally write that novel you have always wanted to! Use the people and places for your inspiration. Settle in and make it happen!
- Best Place To Fall In Love: It’s a romantic lifestyle – why not use that to your advantage – If I were a single guy looking for love, I know for a fact that a floating home would be a total chic magnet.
- Sound Investment: Because there are limited supplies and it is in city and waterfront, this is a sound investment real estate wise. Even when the market went down in 2007, Seattle floating homes did not – it is a stable uptick in values similar to no other in the market.
Curious and want to see more Seattle houseboats?
Today a lovely Seattle floating home in Eastlake is having an open house. It is Open Today From 1-4 PM 2207 Fairview Ave E #11, Seattle WA 98102 Call/Text Molly 206-841-6800 Molly will be hosting this Seattle houseboats open house and is an expert in the floating homes in Seattle. It is a beautiful Seattle floating home and an event you won’t want to miss and located on a fabulous dock.
Come see it! It’s gorgeous and you can start to take advantage of all 29 reasons to live on a Seattle floating home right now! -Courtney