Seattle is all about the waterfront properties, waterfront beaches, and waterfront parks. We love our waterfront and we have a lot of it!
We have lakes, creeks, rivers, and the Puget Sound (which by the way is not the ocean as many people think). We are three hours away from the Pacific Ocean if you want a beach property or just an hour or so from the mountains. We have it all here. We really do. Even though our weather has been super sporadic this year and it doesn’t seem like we will ever get a consistent string of sunny days, we have our waterfront! To me, the ultimate in waterfront is to live on a Seattle houseboat – either in Lake Union or Portage Bay.
What could be better than waterfront with no grass to mow? I will tell you! Seattle houseboats on owned docks have lower taxes than traditional land homes and definitely lower than waterfront homes. The dues are low and include moorage for your floating home in most cases.
Here are my picks for Seattle houseboats on the market right now:
2321 Fairview Ave E, Houseboat 3 – An Eastlake houseboat built in 1930 and absolutely charming with beautiful interior spaces, vaulted ceilings, and windows to capture all the light. 2 bedrooms, remodeled slate bathroom with modern fixtures and radiant heated floors, spacious utility room, hardwoods, sleeping loft and moorage for multiple boats! $625,000 (Dues are $307/mo and cover water, sewer, garbage, and taxes on the dock. Taxes on the floating home itself are only $1167 a year.
Compare that to a waterfront property on land with taxes at well over $15,000 a year and up depending on the area and that is a smart decision. Square footage is usually less in a floating home, but the benefits are clear if you can live simply.
2764 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat D – This has to be the best deal on the lake – nestled in Westlake Cove on Lake Union just North of the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat, this 1910 historical Westlake floating home has a lot to offer – large kitchen and living space, office, sleeping loft, bathroom with claw foot tub, and relaxing deck, plus room to go up a level to capture gorgeous lake and city views. Dues are only $300/month and taxes are only $584 a year. $349,990
2764 Westlake Ave N, Houseboat C – According to the owner, it is often mistaken for the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat by tourists because of its similar lines, this particular Westlake floating home has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom which sports a porthole window, and a sauna. It also has one of the largest decks I have seen and a giant storage closet on the exterior. The dues are only $350/ month and the taxes are $1053 a year. You also have the exclusive option of purchasing the adjoining moorage for a boat up to 20 feet.
You can get more info here if you are interested in Seattle houseboats for sale: