Seattle Floating Homes For Sale – Houseboats Holiday?

Seattle Houseboats For The Holidays – Flo Villa Floating Home

Seattle houseboats for sale

If you are interested in living on one of our city’s gorgeous Seattle houseboats then there are only two choices available in the Seattle floating homes real estate market.

There are two Eastlake floating homes for sale currently in the MLS.  One is on the Flo Villa dock and the other is on Wards Cove.

These Lake Union floating homes for sale range in price from $775,000 to $3,295,000 and are quintessential examples of Seattle Houseboats Living℠ and waterfront living in Seattle overall for that matter. What better way to live closer to the water than Afloat In Seattle™ anyway? Let’s look at one of our current favorite Seattle floating homes on the lake.  This gorgeous remodeled Lake Union floating home resides on the Flo Villa dock at 2207 Fairview Ave E in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.  Moorage is secured and with dock approval you may be able to add a recreational boat as well. This gorgeous home was recently listed at $775,000.

2207 Fairview Ave E #11 From the MLS listing description:

The iconic lifestyle you have only dreamed about! Located in Eastlake’s enclave of floating homes, this mid-dock light and bright Lake Union beauty is completely remodeled with an open floor plan featuring 1 BR + flex space, vaulted ceilings, bamboo fl, & 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, this home has a great relationship w/ the lake.

  • 1 Bedroom (there is room to add a second bedroom if desired)
  • 1 BathSeattle Houseboats
  • 832 sq feet
  • Built in 1918 but completely remodeled
  • Annual taxes $1,042
  • Bamboo floors
  • radiant heated floors in bath
  • new kitchen
  • newer windows, roof, etc.
  • lots of energy efficient choices went into the upgrade of this one
  • new electrical and plumbing
  • vaulted ceilings
  • open floor plan
  • well organized dock
  • securely owned moorage

We are Seattle Houseboats Realtors and Your Seattle Floating Homes Experts:

We would love to show you this beautiful and thoughtful floating home.  Would you like to see this floating home or are you curious about learning more about Seattle houseboats on Lake Union or Seattle Waterfront Living℠? We would be happy to tell you all about it and show you some of our favorite spots around the lake, including this gem on the Flo Villa dock.

Molly Cartwright | 206.841.6800  | molly@cooperjacobs.com

Courtney Cooper | 206.850.8841 | cc@cooperjacobs.com

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Seattle Houseboats Market Update

Seattle Houseboats Market Update April 2015:

Actives: There are five Seattle houseboats for sale in the “floating homes” category currently. List prices of these active Seattle houseboats range from $510,000 to $1,750,000.  There are Eastlake floating homes, Portage Bay floating homes, and a gorgeous Westlake floating home on the 2420 Westlake dock that we put on last week.

Here is some more on that one since we obviously feel it is the best of the Seattle houseboats on the market right now:

2420 Westlake Ave N   (SOLD)Seattle houseboats

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1.5 baths
  • amazing rooftop deck
  • ownership in income generating private marina
  • built in 1929, but 2008 remodel is more accurate of its presentation
  • 1065 square feet
  • $500/month dues
  • float size is 42 feet by 24 feet
  • annual taxes are only $1831
  • next dock over from the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat
  • $985,000

Pending Seattle houseboats: Currently there are four Seattle floating homes that are pending in the MLS.  In addition to these Seattle floating homes there is a house barge which is also pending inspection.  List price of these pending Seattle houseboats is $695,000 to $1,690,000.  One of them is on a leased dock, one is on a fee simple dock and two are on co-op docks.

In addition to these pending Seattle houseboats, there are two more which we have helped facilitate and  which are pending in Eastlake – priced at $575,000 and $920,000.

SOLD! Seattle floating homes sold in the last 30 days – Just one has closed according to the MLS.  2351 Fairview Ave E #K  was listed for $1,050,000 and sold for $1,000,000.  It has a garage and is on a condominium dock so the dues are lower and the taxes are higher.

Before I go on, let me clarify what a Seattle houseboat is since there is a lot of bad information out there:

In short, “Seattle Houseboats” is the general umbrella overall term which encompasses ALL of the following:

  1. Seattle floating homes – no motor and more permanently connected to sewer, electric, docks, etc.
  2. Vessel Seattle houseboats – navigable and move of their own propulsion but also act as livaboards.
  3. Seattle House Barges – not self propelled, city has grandfathered a number of them in, some hooked up to utilities.

A little about Seattle houseboats from Wikipedia:

Seattle is home to a relatively large collection of houseboats (capable of moving under their own power) or “floating homes” (houses built on floats) neighborhoods, particularly in Lake Union and Portage Bay. The earliest houseboats in Seattle were recorded in 1905, and peaked with over 2,000 houseboats in the 1930s. There are currently approximately 500 houseboats in Seattle. Most houseboats are designed and built for inland lakes and waterways only.

*Molly Cartwright and I are Seattle houseboats REALTORS not just real estate agents who sell Seattle houseboats.  As actual paying members of the National Association of Realtors, we are able to able to ethically sell homes.  Realtors abide by a strong code of ethics which non-Realtors are not required to.  Make sure that when you are buying Seattle houseboat that your broker is also an actual Realtor – not just a real estate agent. It makes a difference in how they are perceived by industry professionals and you want someone representing you who has a good reputation and who you know will act honestly and ethically in a transaction.

If you are purchasing a vessel type Seattle houseboat then make sure that you are using a licensed vessel broker not just a real estate agent.  Vessels are indeed boats so proper licensing should be in place to sell them.  Molly and I also have our vessel license through our SeattleAfloat.com Seattle houseboats division. You have a choice when it comes to who represents you.

More pictures of our gorgeous Westlake floating home listing:

Please call or text Molly if you would like more info or a private showing: 206-841-6800

Westlake, $985,000 - Image 14


 

Seattle Houseboats Agents: How Did This One Move With No Motor & Why Is It So Special?

Seattle houseboats are a big part of what Molly Cartwright and I do at Cooper Jacobs Real Estate. Lake Union is a large part of our lives and we really care about the well being of the community we serve.  I know, for instance, that right at this moment Molly is personally working tirelessly over at a Portage Bay floating home  in order to get it ready for the houseboats market tomorrow. She wants the property to shine in its best light and knows that without her special agent touches it won’t be everything that it could be.  Molly does not stop until it the property is perfect because she is a perfectionist and a specialist for all Seattle houseboats realty and all Seattle homes for that matter – big or small. We are excited about this latest listing in the Seattle houseboats world because right now there are only TWO floating homes in the MLS that are under a million dollars.

Seattle houseboats for sale

Under a million dollars is big in the world of affordability and Seattle houseboats.

Currently, as I said above, there are two Seattle floating homes for sale for under $1M.  They are under $600k in fact. Molly and I are (of course) partial to one of them in particular.  We favor this gorgeous houseboat for a number of reasons besides that it is our listing.

2017 Fairview Ave E, Slip O

Let’s back up a minute to how this Seattle floating home came to be on what I consider to be the best location in Lake Union – the most southern dock in one of the oldest and well run co-ops on the lake… Even the Seattle houseboats which are considered floating homes have moved around a number of times over the last one hundred plus years. They don’t have motors and are generally “permanently” moored to their dock, but from time to time they have moved.  This one as I recall got towed in from Portage Bay years ago and lovingly restored by the king of floating home improvements himself, Sid McFarland.  The dock itself – The Log Foundation owned it while Sid worked on it and they were responsible for the logistical details of bringing it to the dock to replace a derelict houseboat which has fallen to their ownership after the owner passed away.  The houseboats on the dock that were further out then this one were all brought out to the lake and rafted together while this beauty was brought in and secured and then one by one the others were towed in and hooked up as well. It took the entire day and what a feat to make it happen in just one day! (I have pictures if you want to see them in a post from 2010: Can you move a floating home?)Seattle houseboats realty:  they all are unique!

So this special houseboat came to be in the perfect little spot by way of many details, but after it was restored, the current owner purchased it and put her own flair on it.  You can see from the older lake union blog pictures that it has come a long way and is now an artistic oasis.   This is one of the things Molly and I love about Seattle houseboats and floating homes in particular – each owner over the years make it theirs and no two are alike. Ever. This one is called Annie “O” lovingly by its current owner who would never leave except that her family has now grown and she needs something a tiny bit bigger. There are possibilities for tying up boats here, dogs and cats are ok, it has really great channel views, and is pretty much the ultimate in Seattle waterfront living at a non Seattle waterfront real estate price. Annie O has two bedrooms and a beautiful wrap around deck and the slip that this Seattle houseboat is moored in is OWNED moorage.  The Log Foundation is a cooperative dock – meaning that the owners OWN the actual submerged parcel of land in the lake. Dues and taxes are low and it truly is affordable and simple living that somehow also feels like a huge luxury.  They are asking an unheard of low price of $599,000 and Molly or I would love to tell you more about it if you are interested.

Molly may be covered in dust up to her elbows and nose today, but call her and see if she can show you Annie O.  If you want her to be your buyer’s agent  for it, then she can help you with your closing costs as well. It’s a win win.  Call/Text 206-841-6800

Seattle Real Estate: Interest Rates, Affordability, And What’s Next

Looking At Seattle Homes For Sale, Interest rates, and Affordability – Should You Buy Now?  Or Wait?

The fact is that interest rates on 30-year, 20-year and 15-year fixed rate mortgages are some of the lowest in history.  We don’t know how they will increase over the next two years.

In discussions with friends about their plans to purchase a home I often hear them say that they would like to purchase in a year or two.  This is great news for everyone.  However, I usually try to educate them on the current advantages of low mortgage interest rates. – Cooper Jacobs Real Estate

Taking advantage of a 4% or lower loan rate can save prospective homebuyers thousands, if not over $100,000 in the amount of interest paid on the life of a loan.[1] Currently, interest rates on a 30-year fixed loan are setting at 4.02%.  That is the lowest since June 2013.[2] With the economy on track for a solid 3.5% annual growth and inflation rising, investors are beginning to dump bonds for stocks.[3] This, in turn forces financial institutions to raise the interest rates on loan products to keep a profit.

Seattle homes

The economy is no doubt on an upward trajectory.  Baring another economic disaster, the economy will continually improve and force interest rates up.  Can we predict whether interest rates will be significantly higher in 2016?  The answer is no.  However, we can say with confidence that they will be higher and when it comes to your money every dollar matters.

Current homeowners are taking advantage of these low interest rates by refinancing.  They understand the significant savings to be had by leaving their 30-year fixed rate mortgage for a new 20-year or 15-year fixed loan instead.  In fact, 44% of people who refinanced in the third quarter “ditched their existing 30-year fixed rate loan in favor of a shorter-termed 15-year or 20-year loan.  It’s the second quickest exodus from the 30-year fixed rate mortgage in recorded history…”[4]

So, instead of putting off the home buying process for another year or more, people should begin to get their feet wet.

  • Build a relationship with a local Seattle Realtor
  • Ask your Realtor for their trusted resources such as a referral for a lender.
  • Find out what kind of loan options you can qualify for and what is available.

By taking advantage of these resources you can be prepared to pull the trigger when you find a home that you love.  It should also be noted that using a Realtor that is from your neighborhood is a service that will cost you, as a potential home buyer, nothing out of pocket.  So, let a professional help you do the searching and narrow down the choices for you.  In the end, it is all about making things smooth and easy while saving money.


[1] Lisa Ward, “The Steep Cost of Not Refinancing,” The Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2014.

[2] Average 30 Year Fixed Mortgage rates, http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/data/30-year-mortgage-rates.aspx

[3] The Detroit News, “U.S. 30-Year Mortgage Rate up to 4.02%,” http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/personal-finance/2014/11/10/mortgage-rates-rise/18779027/

[4] Dan Green, Today’s Low Mortgage Rates Push Borrowers Away From 30- Year Loans, http://themortgagereports.com/16858/freddie-mac-refinance-report-transition-15-year-30-year-mortgage-loan

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate  realestate@cooperjacobs.com

 

 

Seattle Houseboats: 2014 Floating Homes Show Was A Hit!

Seattle Houseboats Brokers

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who showed up in full force to make the 2014 Seattle Floating Homes Tour a success!

floating homes tour poster

Cooper Jacobs Brokers were on site to volunteer as well!

Thank you to all the members of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate.  This tour is a way for our office to give back to a phenomenal community! The Seattle floating homes neighborhood is very near and dear to our hearts and all proceeds of this tour go to the Floating Homes Association.

  • Courtney Cooper
  • Molly Cartwright
  • Jim Dougherty
  • Katie Herrick
  • Brittany Jesus
  • Stephanie Stanford
  • Madison Cooper
  • London Cooper
  • Brian Olsen

floating homes tour map

There were twelve Seattle floating homes on the tour this year in both Eastlake and Westlake.  We had 6 electric boats going back and forth across Lake Union as well as buses for ticket holders to go back and forth.

The theme this year was Wonderful Water Colors and co-chair Sue Jostrom was responsible for the beautiful pieces of art in the ticket/brochure. Courtney and Molly coordinated roughly 100 volunteers over two different shifts.  Jann , Melissa, and LeAnne were at Will Call passing out tickets to the purchasers of the sold out tour.  There were 1200 tickets sold this year and it was a success all the way around.

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Thank you to Katie Herrick  for staying late to make sure that boat riders were not stranded and thanks to Brian Olsen and Jim Dougherty for being two of the twelve Captains crossing Lake Union on what was a very busy day on the lake! Thanks to Rick and Joyce Miner for providing the signage for us and thank you to Tricia Rendina and Joyce Black for being co-chairs and organizing sponsors, etc. This was a huge collaborative effort which goes back many months.

Additional reading if you are interested in this lifestyle or other Seattle neighborhoods:

Blog with lots of info about Seattle Houseboats

Seattle Floating Homes for sale

Seattle waterfront homes

Seattle neighborhoods

Eastlake Seattle Floating Home: 2017 Fairview Ave E #O

Seattle houseboats

Welcome to life afloat on the extremely desirable and most southern dock in Eastlake!

This adorable two bedroom Seattle floating home has a wrap around deck and wide channel views.  If you are looking at Seattle houseboats, then you know that this is a fabulous dock!

2017 Fairview Ave E #O

Open floor plan with beautiful and bright lighted spaces allows for comfortable living and easy entertaining in this great community.  $695,000

  • 2 Bedroom
  • 1 Bath
  • 700 Square Feet

seattle houseboats

Own your own slip and boat moorage possible with community approval. Pet friendly dock.

Kitchen is updated and has heated floors, new carpet, paint, and lots of great details.

Courtney Cooper 206.850.8841/Molly Cartwright 206.841.6800

Seattle Houseboats Inventory Trickling In……

The Seattle Houseboats market:  Finally starting to get some listings trickling in….

There are still more buyers than sellers. Inventory is low!  This is similar to other Seattle neighborhoods where inventory is difficult to come by. We do know of a few Seattle houseboats on the horizon as far as market inventory, so stay tuned and we will keep you posted, but in the mean time, I wanted to get a Seattle Houseboats floating homes market update online. Seattle houseboats for sale

Seattle Houseboats Market Update for floating homes on Lake Union and Portage Bay:

Currently there are four Seattle houseboats listings which are Seattle floating homes. Interestingly enough, these Seattle houseboats are priced across the board.  There are two Seattle houseboats that are one bedrooms and listed at $449,000 and the new listing priced at $525,000.  These are both in Eastlake and are wonderful choices and happen to be on the same dock.  The dock these two are on is one of the most well run Seattle floating homes co-ops on Lake Union.  It consists of three docks belonging to “The Log Foundation” and is known for its great reputation.  The three docks in The Log Foundation are the most Southern Eastlake docks that there are so they are a great choice for views and also if you happen to be commuting to South Lake Union (Amazon).  Cats are ok and small lap dogs, too, but you still have to get them approved by the board.

seattle houseboats

2025 Fairview Ave E #R is the newest one listed of these four.  It is a one bedroom/one bath home with the awesome roof top deck everyone wants when they think Seattle houseboats. It is 950 square feet and has a great spot to have your boat alongside.  This home is part of the larger cooperative (The Log Foundation) and they own the moorage slips,  so it is a secure way to own a Seattle floating home.  Let myself or Molly know if you want to see this one or any of them.

There is a great Portage Bay houseboat for sale right now and also another end of dock Eastlake home.  These are priced at $750,000 and $2,888,000.  Personally, I think the Portage Bay floating home is a great buy. Molly and I have sold end of dock Seattle houseboats and look forward to seeing some great ones come on the market as we have a few buyers ready and willing and eager to purchase an end of dock home.  After all, this is Seattle waterfront living at its best!

OH!  Almost forgot!  If you are interested in Seattle New Construction floating homes, then there is one more slip available in the MLS for the newest Seattle houseboats dock, Ward’s Cove.  This is floating homes – not vessels or barges and the new floating home does have to meet certain building requirements and specifications.

We are happy to walk you through any of this. Have a great day! (OH! If you want to list your Seattle floating home or Seattle Houseboat, let us know, please – we would be happy to also just evaluate it for free. no strings attached…)

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Are You Looking For In City Dirt? Our Builder Services Group Has Expertise In Urban Infill Land Aquisition

Are you looking for a Seattle land broker that can find you the dirt where people actually want to live?  

You need a new construction Seattle land broker that is an expert at urban infill land acquisition.  What is urban infill land acquisition and why do you want a real estate land expert who specializes in this type of niche?

Here is a simple definition of “Urban infill”

In the urban planning and development industries, infill is the use of land within a built-up area for further construction, especially as part of a community redevelopment or growth management program or as part of smart growth.

It focuses on the reuse and repositioning of obsolete or underutilized buildings and sites. This type of development is essential to renewing blighted neighborhoods and knitting them back together with more prosperous communities. Redevelopment or land recycling is development that occurs on previously developed land. Infill buildings are constructed on vacant or underutilized property or between existing buildings.

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So in a city where green is good and recycling is king, finding a Seattle land broker with a focus on off market and unlisted properties is a great way to make sure that you as a builder or developer has the best insight into upcoming opportunities for more smart urban infill.

Cooper Jacobs Builder Services supports the entire process and follows it through by connecting builders and developers to buyers for their new construction projects.  Please let us know how we can help YOU.  builders@cooperjacobs.com

Live Sleepless In Seattle Style On A Lake Union Floating Home

Beautifully Updated Seattle floating home for sale…

seattle floating homes for sale

2031 Fairview Ave E, Houseboat “P”

$775,000

Stunning Eastlake Seattle floating home for sale and new on the market—2 bedrooms, 2 baths, bamboo floors, new windows, new exterior paint, roof top deck, window seat, room for your small craft or water toys, LARGE 10 x 4 ft kitchen island for entertaining & a cook’s dream!

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1.75 Baths
  • 1100 Square Feet
  • Built in 1985
  • Owned Moorage
  • $385/month dues
  • LOW yearly taxes at $2005/year
  • roof top deck
  • updated finishes throughout

Beautiful surfaces and finishes everywhere you look! Hip glass“garage door” let’s in the light & the fresh air and is just one of the reasons you will fall in love with this home!  Here are some more pictures or you can see the full listing here:  2031 Fairview Ave E #P

For Your own private showing or for more information on this Seattle floating home or other Seattle houseboats, please get in touch with Seattle floating homes Realtors Courtney Cooper (courtney@cooperjacobs.com) or Molly Cartwright (molly@cooperjacobs.com or 206-841-6800) of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate. If you are interested in other Seattle floating homes for sale, we would love to show you what is available besides this beautiful property.

Brand New Seattle Floating Home On The Market

New today on the market…

2031 Fairview Ave E, Houseboat “P”

$825,000

seattle floating homes for sale

Stunning Eastlake Seattle floating home for sale and new on the market—2 bedrooms, 2 baths, bamboo floors, new windows, new exterior paint, roof top deck, window seat, room for your small craft or water toys, LARGE 10 x 4 ft kitchen island for entertaining & a cook’s dream!

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1.75 Baths
  • 1100 Square Feet
  • Built in 1985
  • Owned Moorage
  • $385/month dues
  • LOW yearly taxes at $2005/year
  • roof top deck
  • updated finishes throughout

Beautiful surfaces and finishes everywhere you look! Hip glass“garage door” let’s in the light & the fresh air and is just one of the reasons you will fall in love with this home!  Here are some more pictures or you can see the full listing here:  2031 Fairview Ave E #P

For Your own private showing or for more information on this Seattle floating home or other Seattle houseboats, please get in touch with Seattle floating homes Realtors Courtney Cooper (courtney@cooperjacobs.com) or Molly Cartwright (molly@cooperjacobs.com or 206-841-6800) of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate. If you are interested in other Seattle floating homes for sale, we would love to show you what is available besides this beautiful property.