Seattle Floating Homes: The Houseboat Lifestyle
Lake Union Seattle Floating homes come in many shapes and sizes - both historical and newer! Seattle houseboats also have many types of ownership. Seattle floating homes require special attention when it comes to financing, taxes, insurance, and more - We are Houseboat Specialists and here to guide you!
Get the facts about this amazing Seattle lifestyle opportunity on Lake Union or Portage Bay! You might be surprised to find that life on Lake Union is more affordable than you thought! Browse these great Seattle houseboats MLS listings below and then scroll down the page for important information & resources to answer all your questions about living on Lake Union in a Seattle floating home! Below you will find ALL current MLS Listings for Seattle Floating Homes for sale no matter who they are listed with. Please let us know if you want to see any of these Seattle Houseboats! We also know of several off market Seattle houseboats in which the owner is interested in selling.
Seattle Floating Home Moorage Types: The Big Question
Type of Houseboat Moorage is going to be a big issue when considering purchasing a floating home in Seattle.
The type of moorage a floating home comes with can vary from dock to dock, but luckily most have moved towards cooperative (co-op) and condo style ownerships where the homeowners own and control the dock and the submerged land under it. This can cost more up front in purchase price, but greatly benefit the Seattle houseboat home buyer going forward. In some cases you can have fee simple ownership of your actual submerged lot and also be on a condo owned dock. Roanoke Reef is a good example of this situation.
Lake Union Moorage for Seattle Houseboats: In the past until the last few decades Lake Union moorage has been primarily month to month or leased which carried the risk of unknown higher monthly dock fees. The docks were owned by an entity other than the floating home homeowners and there was a greater degree of uncertainty as a result. Luckily, ownership of these docks proved to not be profitable and houseboat homeowners have been able to purchase their docks collectively in many cases.
Examples of Seattle houseboats with owned moorage docks in Lake Union include: The Log Foundation, Phoenix Moorage, The Lake Union, 2460 Sleepless, Fairview Landing, Nesika Chuck, Tenas Chuck, Willow Co-op, DOX, Westlake Cove, but there are many more as well. Obviously, Roanoke Reef Floating Homes and Mallard Cove would also be included.
Looking for a floating home in Seattle that is on a co-op dock or condo style dock is considered the be the most secure choice when it comes to this type of real estate ownership.
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If you are interested in Seattle houseboats and Lake Union living, then definitely do your homework and go out and see some - there really are no two alike! Here is some additional Seattle floating homes info that might help. Feel free to also call or email if you have any questions at all:
This is the official Seattle Floating Homes Association website and they have some great info! If you end up living on a houseboat, then you need to join this great organization that keeps Seattle Afloat!
What's the newest dock on Lake Union? Ward's Cove
recently sold out with 12 new construction floating home sites on Lake Union in Eastlake.
Seattle houseboats can be found here: Lake Union floating homes & Portage Bay floating homes
(Includes Eastlake, Westlake, Southlake, Wallingford, Northlake, Queen Anne,
University District, Capitol Hill floating homes). Lake Union Moorage is available with many of the houseboats - this is a great perk of living on Seattle floating home!
Some of the houseboat docks and streets where you can find Seattle houseboats: The Log Foundation, The Lake Union, Wandesforde, DOX, Fairview Moorings, Boston Rose, Tenas Chuck, Willow Dock, Flo Villa, Phoenix Moorage, Mallard Cove, Roanoke Reef, TUI TUI, Fairview Landing, Hamlin Pier, 2460 Sleepless Inc, Westlake Cove, Nesika Chuck, Willow Cove, Houseboat Harbor, Portage Bay Condo, Brackett, Boyer on the Bay, Boat Street, Dock Society, The Old Boathouse, Lee's Moorings, Dock Henderson, Shelby Group, Fuhrman Dock, Salix, 2420 Co-op, more - You can find Seattle houseboats (floating homes) on Fairview Ave E in Eastlake, Westlake Ave N in Westlake and also under the Aurora Bridge and in Northlake, on E Shelby, N Northlake Way, E Hamlin Street, Boat Street at UW, Boyer Ave E, Fuhrman Ave E, Portage Bay Place E, 10 E Roanoke.
(Let us know what you are looking for because we know of many that are off market but may be available anyway)
Seattle Afloat Seattle Houseboats Division of Cooper Jacobs: Courtney Cooper & Molly Cartwright