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Shamrock – Seattle Houseboat

June 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

‘Shamrock’ on Lake Union

– $345,000 (In owned Slip!)

SE Corner (2)Great Houseboat in OWNED slip

Feeling Lucky? Time to pick the Shamrock!

This is your chance to own a charming Seattle Houseboat in an owned Gasworks Park Marina slip. Located on the outer end of the marina, this location offers spectacular views from the rooftop deck. Gasworks Park Marina is a condominium marina and is perfectly located right next to Gasworks Park, close to Fremont, Wallingford, Ballard, and a short hop from downtown. You’ll have one of the best seats in the house for the fabulous Lake Union 4th of July fireworks. Hop on your kayak and take a tour of the lake, or just sit on the rooftop deck and soak in the view.

Fireworks over Space Needle

Houseboat life is amazing, with Lake Union being a vibrant active lake, providing ever-changing scenery, blue herons, lake otters, eagles, beavers, classic boats, and seaplanes for your enjoyment.

The steel hull houseboat means less maintenance and longer life and a more stable platform!
Imagine your home afloat on the water in Seattle!
Upper Level II

  • 40’ x 14’—Steel hull
  • 1 Bedroom—1 Bathroom
  • Bamboo & Carpet flooring
  • Spacious living area downstairs
  • Owned slip at Gasworks Park Marina
  • Cute, Hammered Copper entry door
  • Lots of windows!
  • Slider to mid-level deck
  • Marine Toilet
  • Rooftop Deck
  • Slip Fees: $372 (including liveaboard)
  • Year Built: 1995

Live the life you’ve always dreamed of in this Charming Seattle Houseboat.
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Villa Mia – Charming Seattle Houseboat

June 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

‘Villa Mia’ Houseboat

– $225,000 (In large Liveaboard Slip!)

Villa MiaGreat Houseboat in over-sized liveaboard slip – ROOM FOR RUNABOUT
This cute houseboat is located in Seattle Marina with great views from the rooftop deck and living room. Enjoy Seattle skyline and Space Needle views. Watch the sea-planes, blue heron and ducks cruise by. Newly remodeled, this houseboat features charming finishes including; cabin styling, granite countertop in bath, brass porthole window and vessel sink in bath, full size gas range, built-in microwave, double sink, and lots of cabinet space in Kitchen.

Imagine your home afloat on the water in Seattle!
Villa Mia Kitchen

  • 1 Bedroom—1 Bathroom
  • Cabin Styling
  • Cedar planked walls
  • Completely remodeled—2015
  • Roof top deck
  • New appliances
  • Lots of cabinetry
  • Marine Head
  • In coveted liveaboard slip
  • 60’ slip—Room for runabout!
  • Good closet space with built in drawers
  • Slip Fees: $660 + $175 Liveaboard
  • Qualifies for Floating On-Water Plaque

Live the life you’ve always dreamed of in this Charming Seattle Houseboat.

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Waterfront you can put your toes in. ™

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Seattle Shoreline Master Plan Receives Final Approval

June 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


Seattle Shoreline Master Plan Receives Final Approval

Ecology Director Maia Bellon signed the final approval for the City of Seattle’s Shoreline Master Program on Monday June 1, 2015. The updated SMP will go into effect on June 15, 2015!

Seattle Marina Northeast view from Hah ChooA process that began nearly 8 years ago is finally coming to completion.  In 2007, the Department of Planning and Development began a process to update the Seattle Shoreline Master Program. This process would see Seattle Houseboats placed in a very precarious position.

The Department of Planning and Development was charged with updating the Seattle Shoreline Master Plan, which was previously updated in 2005. Seattle’s SMP controls development and use of the shorelines in Seattle waters including floating homes and other floating residences.

Lake Union Liveaboard Association (LULA) was formed in 2009 as a result of changes proposed for the new SMP, which could have potentially eliminated Houseboats in Seattle. For the following 5 years, LULA fought hard to change the SMP to deal fairly with Houseboats. In January, the Seattle City Council passed the SMP, which placed restrictions on Vessels being used as dwelling units, and interpreted this to mean Houseboats as well. This meant Sea Trials, demonstrating navigation, certification by Naval Architects, and a host of other restrictions.

KevLin-2010---SketchAs the City was passing the SMP and submitting to Ecology for review, LULA went to state regulators and got a bill passed that created a new term “Floating On-Water Residences” and protected those Floating On-Water Residences that had been in existence prior to 7/1/2014 from adverse regulations.

As a result of the new law, the City of Seattle was forced to revise the SMP to accommodate Floating On-Water Residences and to treat them as conforming uses in the city.  This required significant changes to the SMP. The city was required to remove many requirements, including Sea Trials, Freeboard, Naval Architect certifications, Navigational equipment, Boarding locations, cleat locations, Hull shape, Propulsion systems, Steering systems, and more.

In addition, the City was required to allow Floating On-Water Residences to be maintained, repaired, remodeled, and replaced in accordance with the new law.

What does this mean for Houseboats in Seattle?

  • A structure will be considered a Floating On-Water Residence if it was moored pursuant to a lease or ownership interest in a Marina within the City, prior to July 1, 2014
  • Houseboats are required to be verified as Floating On-Water Residences
    • Applicants will pay a one-time fee to receive a verification number
    • Submit an application for verification with pictures, dimensions, a sketch, and proof of moorage in the City prior to July 1, 2014.
  • Verification Numbers will assigned and must be displayed in a prescribed manner on the Floating On-Water Residence.
  • Houseboats may be expanded with height restrictions, but may not change in footprint size.
  • Expansion is allowed subject to height limitations and is limited to 120 square feet, unless graywater is contained and disposed of properly or the Floating On-Water residence is connected to a City waste-water system.
  • Houseboats may be replaced, but are subject to the same footprint, height, and expansion requirements.
  • A one-time expansion of footprint is allowed for safety reasons, as certified by a Naval Architect. If footprint is expanded, no other expansion may occur.
  • Open Railings may be added to decks and stairs, but if over height restriction, are limited to 36 inches.
  • A Floating On Water Residence may be relocated and owners should update verification records within 60 days. Failure to update may result in enforcement action, but does not forfeit right to maintain the Floating On-Water Residence.


Faith Lumsden, Compliance Director at DPD has indicated that the verification process will be available online as of 6/15/2015 and that the forms will be available online.  She also indicates that DPD will try to create some press as an outreach program, to help spread the word.

Beautiful HouseboatFloating On-Water Residences May Be Sold By Licensed Real Estate Brokers

Separate from the Shoreline Master Program, a new law goes into effect July 24th, 2015, which permits licensed Real Estate Brokers to list and sell Floating On-Water Residences without having to have a Vessel Dealer License. This law affects Floating On-Water Residences statewide, although the vast majority of Floating On-Water Residences are located within Seattle city limits.

The state definition of a Floating On-Water Residence is:

“floating on-water residence” means any floating structure other than a floating home that: (i) Is designed or used primarily as a residence on the water and has detachable utilities; and (ii) whose owner or primary occupant has held an ownership interest in space in a marina, or has held a lease or sublease to use space in a marina, since a date prior to July 1, 2014.

We can break down the criteria for being a Floating On-Water Residence:

  • It a floating structure, other than a floating home
  • It is designed as a residence on the water -OR-
  • It is used primarily as a residence on the water
  • The owner or primary occupant has held an ownership interest in space in a marina prior to 7/1/14, -OR-
  • The owner or primary occupant has held a lease or sublease to use space in a marina prior to 7/1/14

From this you can see that most houseboats, house barges, and many vessels will qualify as Floating On-Water Residences.

Please visit www.Seattle-Houseboat.com for more information about Houseboats.

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New Houseboat Lending from Sound Community Bank

June 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


New Houseboat Lending Program from Sound Community Bank

Seattle Houseboat KevLin
The KevLin

We are very pleased to announce that with new Houseboat regulations, Sound Community Bank is creating a new Floating On Water Residence lending package that improves both rates and terms offered for houseboats. Details of this program are shown below.

Over the past 5 years, Kevin and Linda Bagley and Lake Union Liveaboard Association have worked hard to create a more positive political environment for the Floating Residences in Seattle and around the state. As a result of these efforts, two key pieces of legislation were passed.

As a result of these regulations, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development revised the Shoreline Master Plan (Announcement coming soon) to accommodate Floating On-Water Residence (AKA Houseboats & House Barges) and to create acceptable use guidelines. These new regulations provide substantiation for improved lending parameters.

Special Agents Houseboats has been working with Sound Community Bank for several years and our excellent relationship with them made it possible to communicate the new legislations which allowed them to create an improved lending environment for our floating community. The new program offered by Sound Community Bank will closely resemble the Floating Home programs that they have been offering for a number of years.

Details of the program:

3 lending programs will include:

  • 25 year amortization with a 5 year cash out balloon payment. Current rate is 5.25%
  • 30 year amortization with a 10 year cash out balloon payment. Current rate is 5.75%
  • 15 year fixed rate loan. Current rate is 5.5%

All programs require 20% down payment and approval is dependent on credit evaluation.

For information about Houseboats for sale in Seattle, contact Special Agents Houseboats.

For further information on these programs or to apply for a loan, please contact:

SCB logo

  Krista Todd
Sound Community Bank

2001 5th Ave. Seattle, WA 98121
Fax: 866-305-2376
206.448.0884 ext. 213
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NEW!! Luxury Lake Union Houseboat in OWNED Slip ($999,000)

May 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Luxury Lake Union Houseboat in OWNED Slip – $999,000

Luxury Lake Union HouseboatExperience ECO-Friendly Luxury on Lake Union in this stunning contemporary Houseboat on Lake Union with breathtaking views of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline. Only FEE SIMPLE condo Houseboat slips on Lake Union! This fabulous Union Bay Fabricators vessel was designed with comfort and style in mind. The entry takes you up to the Main salon floor which consists of a very spacious living area with built-in seating, a real stone propane fireplace with natural wood hearth. The zoned sound system provides ambiance as you enjoy the built-in wet-bar and wine cooler, while taking in the amazing views. Step out on to the spacious 8′ x 15′ front deck and enjoy Lake Union close up.

dining and living areaThe built in Dining Table provides ample seating for you and your guests while they look out on beautiful Lake Union views. High cedar panel ceilings and Cumaru Brazillian Teak hardwood flooring provide a spacious and warm entertaining environment. With windows all around, you and your guests will feel like they are dining at the finest waterfront restaurant. Relax as the boats, kayaks, paddle boards, and crew boats cruise by, providing an always changing view.

Kitchen-wideDinner is prepared in the Fully Equipped Gourmet Kitchen with beautiful stainless steel Viking appliances. Enjoy lots of paperstone counter space and a great deal of modern cabinetry. There is also a built in office area in the kitchen. The kitchen features a dutch door leading to the aft deck and from there, up to the large rooftop deck. The most demanding chefs will be right at home in this smartly designed, beautiful kitchen.

From the entry, head down to the spacious Master and Guest bedrooms that are served by a luxurious 5 piece bath with jetted tub, large shower, and dual vessel sinks. The guest bedroom also features a walk-in closet that also contains the full size stack washer/dryer. The Master has built-in closet space and cabinetry and is quite spacious.

Upper-Deck-View-NorthThree outdoor spaces are provided for your enjoyment. Two more intimate spaces are the mid-deck forward and aft decks and the built-in Bar-B-Que on the aft deck is very convenient to the kitchen. The aft deck has a ladder to the large rooftop deck. The rooftop deck has outstanding views of the Lake, Seattle Skyline, and Gasworks Park.

Features of this fabulous houseboat include:

  • 46’ x 15’ 2 story houseboat-vessel
  • Contemporary Design – Built 2007
  • Fabulous views of Lake Union and Seattle Skyline
  • Aluminum hull
  • 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath – Approx. 1080 Sq. Ft.
  • Very Stable Design
  • Gourmet Kitchen—Viking Stainless Appliances
  • Paperstone countertop
  • 3 decks including 20×15 rooftop
  • Cumaru—Brazillian Teak Hardwood
  • Built-in Dining Room table
  • Spacious Living room with brick fireplace
  • Luxurious 5 piece Bath
  • Built-in wet bar & wine cooler
  • Full size stack Washer/Dryer
  • HOA $260/mo – Includes Elec, H2O, Garbage


Luxury Lake Union Houseboat

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Water Lodge Houseboat $185,000

April 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

‘Water Lodge’ Houseboat – $185,000

Water Lodge
Come aboard the “Water Lodge”, feel the gentle movement of living on the water and listen to the lake sounds. Morning and afternoon watch the geese fly in, not so elegantly landing on the water. High ceilings, all on one level with main level bedroom, built in closets and drawers, 3/4 bathroom, large living & dining room. Enjoy the electric fireplace on a cool winter day, walls of windows with 2″ faux blinds and a wonderful covered front deck. Excellent galley style kitchen has 4 burner range / oven and small pantry. Ladder to large sleeping loft / storage. Covered moorage in liveaboard slip at $600 per month, plus $150 liveaboard fee. We have financing with Sound Community Bank, email for details. Houseboat is 42′ X 12′.

  • Living-Hall---No-Ladder42 x 12 Dock Floatation Hull
  • 1 Bedroom—1 Bathroom + Loft
  • Approximately 400 sq. ft.
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Large Living Room
  • Lots of Windows
  • Electric Fireplace
  • Spacious Kitchen
  • Covered Moorage
  • Aluminum Decks (Covered) 9×12 & 2×12
  • 280 Gallon Blackwater Tank
  • Built-in Closets
  • Slip Fees: $600 + $150 Liveaboard
  • Year Built: 2008

Live the life you’ve always dreamed of in this Charming Seattle Houseboat.

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Big Brother – Seattle House Barge $399,000 (SOLD!)

April 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

‘Big Brother’ Registered Seattle House Barge $399,000.00

Long-shot-from-Kitchen---musiciansWonderfully remodeled 40 x 14′ house barge “Big Brother” located on Eastlake at Hamlin Pier floating home community. 2 bedrooms, full bath & aprox. 1,000 SF of living space, connected to city sewer. Large living room, sunny updated kitchen with new appliances, quartz counters, soft close cabinets & pantry. Forward & aft covered decks. Rooftop deck w/lake & Space Needle view. New roof, laminate flooring. No sales tax as a registered house barge #940028. Monthly dock rental fee $732.82. Financing available!


Live the life you’ve always dreamed of in this beautiful Seattle House Barge

Waterfront you can put your toes in.™


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End of Dock Floating Home – Lease $5,500/mo (RENTED!!)

April 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

End of Dock Floating Home – Lease $5,500/mo

View-out-dock-telephotoFabulous End of Dock Floating Home
$5,500 per month – 1 year min.

Stunning end of dock fully furnished Floating Home, unobstructed city views, lake & beautiful sunsets. Deck on waters edge, moorage for 20′ boat (w/owner approval). Master bedroom on upper level has a king sized bed and private deck with stunning views. Upper level has additional room for guests/den & on main level is an additional bedroom, large family/living room, dining area & eating area off kitchen, with pantry and laundry room.

Living-RoomFully furnished! Min 12 month rental, first/$1,000 deposit & cleaning fee $250 (non refundable), water, sewer, garbage, power included. No pets, no smoking.



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The Owl – Houseboat – $185,000 (SOLD!!!)

February 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

‘The Owl’ Houseboat – $185,000 (SOLD!)

The Owl - Houseboat
Use your creative ideas to finish this fabulous P&T Fabrications houseboat. Built on a steel hull, this solidly constructed houseboat boasts lots of space, stability, outdoor living area and extra storage space. Designed to provide 2 separate sleeping spaces, this houseboat also features an extra room for office/storage/or…

Well thought out spaces provide lots of living area, room for a nice kitchen, stubbed out for washer/dryer, and a 3/4 bath. Enjoy tall curved ceilings, lots of light and plenty of deck space with this extremely well built houseboat.

Currently located in Port Hadlock marina in a non-liveaboard slip (max 3 nights per week). Meet Seattle regulations by adding steering and propulsion and bring it to Seattle Waters prior to Shoreline Master Plan implementation (about March, 2015).

Live the life you’ve always dreamed of in this fabulous Steel Hull Houseboat.

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The Limbo $500,000 (Houseboat) (SOLD!!!)

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Limbo $500,000 (Houseboat) SOLD!

Limbo - 017 Enhanced
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an outstanding, one of a kind houseboat with some of the best views in the entire city. Look across Lake Union to Gas Works Park and the Seattle City Skyline and the Space Needle. Modern interiors, striking detail, and smart design make this a home you will enjoy for many years to come. Feeling adventurous? Take her out for a spin! This houseboat is fully navigable and has been used as the official Log Boom communications center for Sea Fair since 2012. Live the life you’ve always dreamed of in this fabulous Seattle Houseboat.


Waterfront you can put your toes in.

Limbo - 041

Features of this exceptional houseboat include:

  • Fully Navigable 55’ x 14’ 9”
  • Aluminum mono-hull
  • 3 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms
  • Salon / media room
  • Gourmet Kitchen—Corian Counters
  • 2nd living area on mid deck
  • Upper Deck with hot tub & helm
  • Master with King, En Suite, Walk-in
  • Numerous decks, gas grill, outdoor bar, Canvas enclosed solarium
  • Twin Merccruiser 4.3 liter
  • Built-in custom closets & storage
  • Comes fully furnished


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