Seattle Houseboats Market Update On Floating Homes

Real Estate Agent with Ben Kinney Brokerages Leadership at our Keller Williams North Seattle Office

Seattle Floating Homes In Lake Union & Portage Bay Market Update August 2016 PLUS the tour info....Seattle floating homes tour..

Seattle floating homes for sale are limited to three two that are currently for sale  ($925,000 in Portage Bay on The Shelby Group dock and $3,200,000 at Wards Cove in Eastlake) on the market in the NWMLS and a handful of off market options that Molly and I have heard about.  These are the Seattle houseboats that are the floating homes opposed to FOWRs (floating on water residences) like vessels, barges, etc. 

There are five pending  in the MLS ranging in list price from $475,000 to $1,395,000. 

The Seattle Floating Homes Association is having their biannual  floating home tour this year - September 11th from 12 to 5 PM and tickets are already half way sold out.  Molly and I volunteer on the tour committee that makes this happen every year and it is not to be missed. This is also not something that you will want to to just show up for as it sells out every year and there are no exceptions, so we strongly advise you to purchase tickets now.  We are selling less tickets this year to make the crowds easier so it will be in high demand. You can buy tickets here:  They are only $40 each and the ticket itself is a cool collectible book.  It is worth every penny and proibably twice that....  This year the tour will focus on Portage Bay floating homes and the theme is Peaceful Portage Bay. Here is a copy of the press release: 


Media Contact:  Sarah Morlidge –

2016 SEATTLE FLOATING HOMES TOUR – Sunday, September 11, 12 PM to 5 PM 

“Peaceful Portage Bay” – Featuring 13 unique floating homes hidden on the banks of Seattle’s Portage Bay 

Monday July 25th, 2016 (Seattle) –   The Seattle Floating Homes Association is pleased to announce the Floating Home Tour on Sunday September 11, 2016 from 12 to 5 p.m. The Tour will give visitors the unique chance to visit and discover the colorful history of 13 floating homes hidden along the seldom visited banks of Portage Bay. Tickets are limited and go on sale July 25th through Brown Paper Tickets ( Ticket price is $40. Capacity is limited so advance purchase is highly recommended. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Seattle Floating Homes Association and its mission to protect, preserve and promote the vitality of Seattle’s historic floating homes community through education, advocacy, environmental stewardship and collaboration.

Tour details

The tour features 13 homes exclusively in Portage Bay, as well as a peek into the University drawbridge house! Admission price includes bus shuttle transportation between the Queen City Yacht Club and Pocock Rowing Center. This is a self-guided WALKING tour. This year, the tour includes many sets of stairs and uneven docks. The tour is not recommended for anyone who has any walking impairments due to the excessive stairways and erratic surface of the docks. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Participants will be required to remove their shoes or put on paper slippers over their shoes; slippers will be provided. No backpacks, strollers, food or drinks are allowed in the homes. The tour will take place rain or shine, and participants of all ages will be required to have a ticket, with the exception of babies in arms. Food and coffee will be available for purchase.

About the homes

The floating homes we are featuring in Portage Bay this year reflect the wide variety of styles and sizes available on Lake Union. Marvel at the inspired use of storage required in Lake Union’s smallest floating home, which is just 450 square feet and includes doors made of recycled paper. Contrast that with the 1,850 square foot floating home which features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and three decks, including an expansive roof top deck with water vistas from east to west. Maybe it’s the interior styles that rock your boat? Come see the Shelby Dock house built in the 1920s which retains its entire original interior paneling and is accented with the owners’ Swedish heritage including birch bark pictures, a troll-doll collection, and serpent-shaped wood carvings. Compare this to the magnificent architecture and interior design of one of the Bay’s finest homes, capped with copper roofing.

Visitors on the Seattle FHA tour will also experience a wide variety of color palettes – from the natural tones of oak and walnut floors, bamboo cabinets and cedar siding, to the dazzling home filled with bold colors – fuchsia, lime green, butternut, and candy apple red to name a few! Then there’s the residents themselves, ranging from those who have lived aboard their ‘floating on water residences’ since the early seventies when they were students at the University, to those who recently arrived from the Eastside suburbs, having left as soon as they became empty nesters. Top that off with a visit to the University Drawbridge (please don’t touch the levers!) and you will have gained unique insight into the lifestyle of those lucky enough to enjoy life afloat in peaceful Portage Bay.


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Courtney Cooper

Seattle Realtor | Leadership at Ben Kinney Brokerages' Keller Williams North Seattle

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group powered by Keller Williams North Seattle | 206-850-8841 

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Almost two decades of real estate experience guarantees that you are in the best of hands, and I promise to always put your interests FIRST. I specialize in Seattle beighborhoods and suburbs and are excited to work with you!  I love Seattle houseboats and you can find me down on the docks of Lake Union and Portage Bay several times a week.   Other aspects of Seattle real estate that I adore include Queen Anne Real Estate,Wallingford Real EstateBallard Real EstateGreen Lake Real EstateLaurelhurst Real EstateMagnolia Real Estate,and Seattle Waterfront Real Estate

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Patricia Kennedy
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Courtney, this sounds like so much fun.  Since Sleepless in Seattle, houseboats have become a sort of fantasy home for a lot of us.  

Aug 06, 2016 09:30 AM #1
Terry Records
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I enjoyed going through the pic's and doing some day-dreaming; what a lifestyle. Patricia you're right about the fantasy 

Aug 06, 2016 11:27 PM #2
Courtney Cooper
Ben Kinney Brokerages Leadership at our Keller Williams North Seattle Office - Seattle, WA

Thanks Ladies! That little movie has been a huge source of my livelihood :) glad you liked the pictures.

Aug 06, 2016 11:34 PM #3
Carol Williams
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That would be a very interesting niche!  

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Gita Bantwal
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You always provide good information about your housing market. Anyone thinking of buying or selling a home in your area should call you.

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