Interested in a unique Seattle waterfront living arrangement?
I have gotten a lot of email requests for Seattle houseboat listings lately and the fact of the matter is there are not that many Seattle houseboats for sale right now! The movie Sleepless in Seattle did a number on the popularity of these beautiful homes (as in EVERYONE wanted one!!!) , but I have to admit to always loving them. I have close friends that live on houseboats and I truly enjoy my visits! I always leave reluctantly and wanting to move right away to this amazing lifestyle right in the heart of Seattle! But alas, my three children and giant Newfoundland dogs truly prevent me moving to a houseboat at this point in my life....Someday.
Keeping my eye on the houseboats...
In the mean time I keep my eye on what comes up on the market and try and share the info with what ever buyers I think might like this kind of lifestyle - Seattle waterfront living at its best in my opinion minus any kind of privacy. The houseboat docks are close knit and each house boat is snuggled up nicely to the next with a small walkway type deck or larger ones in some cases. Container gardening is taken to new heights and I consider houseboat residents to be among the very best gardeners despite their lack of dirt.
Pluses and minuses with houseboat living...
I mean can you imagine no yard or garage? Kayaking to work across the lake if you are lucky? Pulling your kayak or canoe right up to your house and tying it off? Watching seaplanes from your home right overhead? Even with these fantastic benefits, though, these houseboats are often hard to come by and the space inside them is quite limited as far as storage goes. Every nook and cranny should be utilized perfectly!
Yes I love houseboats! One of my very favorite memories of an open house was on a Seattle houseboat in Eastlake - I ended up showing another houseboat to a buyer and actually dropped the key into Lake Union! The listing agent was furious with me, but it just bounced right out of the key box and they had not bothered to add a clever float key chain to prevent such a mishap!