Houseboats & Floating Homes for Sale in Seattle, WA

Quintessential lake living w/ no compromise in this meticulous floating home rebuilt from the logs up in 2006. Welcoming covered front porch w/ generous inside entry leads to family room w/ gas fireplace & doors out to large waterside deck. Primary w/ access to deck, large lighted closet w/ organizers, & full bath. Beautiful hardwood staircase leads to upper main level which offers open floor plan. Here you will find gleaming hardwoods, sleek kitchen w/ loads of cabinets & stainless appliances, gas fireplace, half bath, & ample entertaining spaces. Enjoy views of Lake Union & across to Gas Works. On this level you also will find another deck & access to the roof top deck w/ sweeping 280 degree views. Plus easy parking for your car or boat! $1,895,000 Active

2420 Westlake Avenue N 4 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,400 SqFt

Active Listing courtesy of Keller Williams North Seattle

Fremont Houseboat Gem // Constructed in 2011 by Sherlock Homes, this craftsman houseboat was custom built for its slip to take full advantage of view corridors, privacy, general ease of living on it's dock and shoreline. Sunny great room floorplan with open kitchen, bamboo flooring, stainless steel appliances, and two-story east-facing windows showcase life on the water. Main floor bedroom with integrated murphy bed plus two lofted bedroom floorplan allows a multitude of living and working arrangements. Aluminum hull construction w/ basement the full length of 35' for either ample storage or additional living space. Long term 15 year lease and pre-underwritten for financing. 2022 marine survey available. $688,000 Pending

904 N Northlake Way Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 850 SqFt

Pending Listing courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's Int'l Rlty

Charming 2-story houseboat in condo-owned moorage with breathtaking views of Lake Union & Seattle Skyline. This well-maintained home features 2 bedrooms, beautiful bamboo floors, soaking tub, stainless steel appliances, tankless water heater, convenient boat launch deck (kayak incl.) and spiral staircase for easy access to rooftop view deck! Well-managed and close-knit Gas Works Park Marina has low HOA dues and fabulous amenities (on-site manager, cabana with restrooms/showers/laundry/secure mail room and uplands view park). Pet friendly, 30+ day rentals & 1 parking spot + off-street parking. Ideally located on Burke-Gilman trail and Lake Union loop, it's minutes to Fremont, UW-District & Downtown. Quintessential Seattle living awaits you! $675,000 Active

2143 N Northlake Way 61 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 593 SqFt 0.015 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's Int'l Rlty

Charming 2-story houseboat in condo-owned moorage with breathtaking views of Lake Union & Seattle Skyline. This well-maintained home features 2 bedrooms, beautiful bamboo floors, soaking tub, stainless steel appliances, tankless water heater, convenient boat launch deck (kayak incl.) and spiral staircase for easy access to rooftop view deck! Well-managed and close-knit Gas Works Park Marina has low HOA dues and fabulous amenities (on-site manager, cabana with restrooms/showers/laundry/secure mail room and uplands view park). Pet friendly, 30+ day rentals & 1 parking spot + off-street parking. Ideally located on Burke-Gilman trail and Lake Union loop, it's minutes to Fremont, UW-District & Downtown. Quintessential Seattle living awaits you! $675,000 Active

2143 N Northlake Way 61 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 0.015 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's Int'l Rlty

Two-bedroom floating home with amazing end-to-end views of the Seattle skyline from the downstairs bedroom, living room balcony, and rooftop deck. Located at the best marina in the houseboat community - Gasworks Park Marina. Ideally located next to Gas Works Park and along the Burke Gilman Trail. Includes a 14' sailboat. Wood floors throughout. 3 decks, full-size refrigerator, and bedroom.  Large windows throughout and the entire home has been painted inside and out. Laundry and parking onsite. Close to UW, Fremont, Wallingford and East Lake Union.  Rentals (30-day minimum) and pets allowed. Come and experience living on the lake! $650,000 Active

2143 N Northlake Way 46 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 0.013 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Windermere RE Bainbridge

Welcome to the Hah Choo - Duwamish for Big Lake. A fully renovated + beautifully designed houseboat featured on HGTV. Custom woodwork throughout, hardwood floors, insulated aluminum hull, wood burning stove - cozy + warm in winter. Deck off back w/ easy access to paddle board or kayak. Airy and spacious master bedroom up top with door to roof deck. Sweeping Seattle skyline and sunset lake views. Kitchen features large sink, stainless appliances and Bertazzoni range. Washer + dryer conveniently located on board. Located right off the Burke Gilman Trail at Seattle Marina - quick commute to Downtown, Fremont, Wallingford & all Lake Union has to offer. Impeccably maintained & filled with charm - live aboard or use as your in city pied-à-terre! $595,000 Pending

2401 N Northlake Way F-5 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 564 SqFt 0.002 Acres

Pending Listing courtesy of Every Door Real Estate

Gorgeous modern houseboat in prime Westlake location!  On the Burke-Gilman Trail & steps to SLU & Downtown. If you enjoy water views, you'll love the 4 outside decks including a wrap-around roof deck for your 360-degree pleasure.  Inside you'll find a sleek stainless appliance galley, office/den, hardwood floors, bamboo reed walls, storage galore & an elevator!  Walk-in pantry is an unexpected surprise.  Take the elevator up, or the heavily reinforced new stairway to the master bed upstairs w/ add'l half bath.  Metal clad siding, pontoons w/ additional storage & end slip position make this house a must-see.  Marina boasts low moorage costs at $786 + $162 liveaboard, all utilities incl.  Pets & rentals allowed.  FOWR #731. Recently surveyed. $569,500 Active

2040 Westlake Avenue N 3A Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 2 Baths 566 SqFt 0.017 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Danforth

Enjoy quintessential Seattle living upon the Haida Bird. A 555 sq foot work of art, this floating home offers waterfront living at its finest.  Beautiful stained glass doors open to deck, and its position at the end of the dock allows for private nature living while living in the heart of the city. Take in the Seattle skyline while watching the water fowl pass you by. Freshly painted exterior and steel hull w/ ample storage in the hull. Wood interior throughout w/loft bedroom gives the feeling of vacation living year round. Close to Gas Works, Burke Gilman, UW and minutes from downtown. This beautiful houseboat gives the feeling of living on a cabin on the lake. Seller to pay 6 months slip fee plus $10k credit to Buyer. $495,000 Active

2401 N Northlake Way L6 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 555 SqFt 0.013 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Windermere RE North, Inc.

Adorable two bedroom houseboat in Eastlake moored in private gated marina has all the nautical charm and views you have been looking for. Behind a very non assuming gate in Fairview, you will be surprised to find a secret garden at the entrance and a private water world. Travel down the far wooden dock back in time and to the end where this cutie bobs in Lake Union with uncompromised views of the ever changing boat parade.  This is the perfect place to call home full time or just use as an in city retreat. Close to Amazon and Google and easy commute in all directions.  Moorage rental includes water, garbage, and electricity plus the space your houseboat is moored in.  One owner since built. $395,000 Active

3141 Fairview Avenue E 806 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 560 SqFt

Active Listing courtesy of Keller Williams North Seattle

Here it is! The perfect retreat--meet Dragonfly! Lovingly maintained and artistically curated, this magical houseboat is ready to greet its new owner. Located in the bustling South Lake Union neighborhood near all amenities, yet removed from the every day hubbub. Walk through the gate, down the dock and you are at peace at home! Cozy and packed with character and everything you need to live & relax. Great covered deck, built-in bed, wood finishes, storage and low-maintenance aluminum hull. Rentals (minimum 30 days) are allowed. Also, potential to expand houseboat. Marine survey inspection recently done and available. Next to bike trail. Easy commute! Come take a look! $279,900 Active

1818 Westlake Avenue N D19 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 196 SqFt 0.009 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Co.

Just in time for summer!! The Holiday Mansion is a fully updated house boat in the heart of Wallingford, Seattle. Complete w/ official FOWR plaque, you’re ready for move in OR building your dream barge home! Loaded with tons of storage, a full bathroom, 3 sleeping areas, modular interior and 3 outside decks for entertaining and soaking up the sun. A fully remodeled interior makes you feel as though you’ve come aboard a floating condo. Don’t miss this opportunity! Moorage $630/m Liveaboard=$200/m Garbage $10/m. No short term rentals, per city of Seattle. $159,000 Pending

2401 N Northlake Way E-4 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 250 SqFt 0.006 Acres

Pending Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Northwest Realtors

It is hard to imagine a more beautiful lifestyle than living aboard this custom fully remodeled one-of-a-kind dual stern paddlewheel Seattle Houseboat. This is a lifestyle one can only dream of, so consider taking the plunge. Approved Seattle City FOWR-plaque #700, 59'X18' (Overall Length 72'), 2 bedroom/2 Bath, approx. 1300SF, with 1,000SF exterior & rooftop decks. Stunning 2016/2017 remodel gutted to the studs, all new appliances including Verona 5 burner gas range, hand-scraped teak flooring throughout, radiant heated bathroom tile floor, Gerber soft-close solar shades throughout.  Huge cargo hold for storage, steel hull hauled out 6/2020, small boat alongside ok w/fee.  Bring all your water toys, there's plenty of room to bring aboard. $840,000 Active

2401 N Northlake Way B13 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,300 SqFt 0.025 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Special Agents Realty

Seattle Houseboat 'Out Of Time' comes furnished w/sleeper sofa.  Tucked away in a very private outer moorage slip, incredible Lake Union & Ship Canal views. Off-street parking, on Chesiahud trail, walk or bike just about anywhere. Warm wood finishes throughout, a full-size built-in bed with drawers below, a washer/dryer, a 3/4 bath, and the living room is open to the kitchen wrapped in windows for spectacular lake views. Also a nice-sized waterside deck for dining and enjoying the lake activity. A full rooftop deck and a very large covered deck for bikes,  lake toys, BBQ, etc. Leased moorage $1,695/mo, rentals, and pets ok. Great investment/vacation property or use as lake office. $395,000 Active

2710 Westlake Avenue N 84 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 420 SqFt 0.017 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Special Agents Realty

There is something very alluring about houses floating in a body of water that people are often drawn to. Many people only dream of owning a houseboat to spend some leisurely time, live, work and make lasting memories. We at Special Agents Realty bring you the most beautiful houseboats for sale in Seattle.

What is a houseboat?

A houseboat can be categorized as a floating home, however, have quick disconnect of power and water which allows them to be towed as needed to different locations or to shipyards for maintenance. The Seattle Houseboat market is a bit different than houseboats around the country, in that they no longer require navigation. On the contrary, they are not permitted to navigate to have permitting as a Floating On-Water Residences. No new FOWRs are permitted in Seattle unless you are replacing an existing Seattle Houseboat and they are capped at approximately 230.

Floating Property Flotation:

The hull of a houseboat is usually made of aluminum, steel and fiberglass over wood and are typically barge style in design. In other areas of the country houseboats can have a navigation systems and a motors, however, not in the Seattle area where they are regulated by the City of Seattle. Floating homes are on old growth logs with many, many barrels beneath them to keep them afloat. Sometimes these barrels become dislodged and require a diver to replace or adjust their locations to level the home. The newer floating homes have sealed concrete floatation. Talk to a Special Agents Realty specialist for Floating Homes for sale in Seattle. Values of Houseboats For Sale in Seattle are affected by the type of hull/flotation they have.

What is a floating house/home?

A floating home is not mobile and stays in the same place. Unlike a houseboat, you cannot move a floating home to a different location. At least not easily or without very strict regulation. Seattle Floating Homes are also capped at approximately 525. Electricity, sewer, water, and sometimes gas is hard connected to city connections and the floatation is very different than a houseboat.

Types of Moorage:

Seattle Houseboats and Seattle Floating Homes have similar moorage types, although more of the floating homes have condo-owned or co-op owned moorages than do houseboats. More Seattle Houseboats are located in recreational rental moorage and Floating Homes are also in rental slips, however, the larger percentage are in co-op or owned condo moorage. Both can also be located in long-term leased moorage. The preferred moorage is condo owned and/or co-op owned moorage and the prices for Floating Houses for Sale in Seattle are reflected in location and moorage type.

Amenities in a houseboat and a floating home:

Toilet

Seattle Houseboats have marine toilets with black water tanks that hold toilet waste. These are pumped out by local pump-out services unless the dock has a portable pump line. Seattle Floating homes have a hard connection to city sewer services and standard toilets. However, many docks are below the street level therefore they will typically have an additional tank where the sewage will flow and it is then pumped upwards to the sewer system. All floating properties are subject to the motion of the lake and freezing temperatures in the winter months so great care must be taken seasonally. Talk to your Special Agents Realty specialist about the nuances of living on the water.

Water System

Seattle Houseboats have a quick disconnect of potable water hoses to the city water system from the docks. Some houseboats with larger cargo holds have freshwater tanks with pressure pump systems which are especially useful in the winter months when water is shut off in freezing weather. Seattle Floating Homes are hard connected to the city water system, and their lines are below the water under the docks.

Electricity

Seattle Houseboats have quick-disconnect power cords at the marina dock, and typically backup batteries for the operation of bilge pumps if the power goes out. Most houseboats have 30 AMP services, which can make the use of multiple electronic devices challenging. A 50 AMP +service is preferred in marinas that support it.

Floating homes are hard connected to the city power, the same as homes on land.

Houseboat Maintenance

Houseboats and floating houses are either fiberglass and steel or made of wood. Houseboats made of fiberglass, steel, and aluminum are much easier to maintain and are popular. On the other hand, houseboats made of wood are less expensive but are tedious to maintain. So if you have enough resources to maintain a houseboat, you should opt for a wooden one.

How should I buy a houseboat or a floating home?

Seattle Floating Homes and Seattle Houseboats for Sale in Seattle do have financing programs that are considered portfolio loans and treated very similar to residential lending, although houseboats and floating homes are considered personal property and are taxed as personal property.

To get more info about Houses for Sale in Seattle, Floating Homes, and Houseboats for sale in Seattle, don’t hesitate to contact us for inquiries for professional guidance at Special Agents Realty.

Special Agents Realty FAQ

Floating homes are stationary; they are in a primarily permanent location in the water. There is no moving from that location; they float. A houseboat, however, can move from dock to dock.

There are many advantages to owning a floating home. For starters, you save on gasoline because a floating home is in a permanent location. People interested in alternative lifestyles can get the best out of this type of house. They can also experience being close to a great location without living in a condo. Additionally, it is a major benefit to get waterfront views and to be one with nature.

Houseboats have many ways they can get electricity. Generally, when they’re docked, they will be plugged in. But when they aren’t docked, the houseboat relies on power generated through a generator, solar panels, or wind turbines. This power is stored in large battery banks. A houseboat will usually have a bigger storage capacity than most vessels.

 

The best neighborhoods to search for houseboats and floating homes for sale in Seattle are Portage Bay, Westlake, Eastlake, and Fremont.

Yes, you can live permanently in a houseboat. But you will have to decide if the houseboat lifestyle is something they genuinely want and will enjoy. If you have any questions about whether this is the right type of home for you, contact Special Agents Realty today!

Like a car or major appliance, a houseboat requires regular maintenance to ensure it continues to operate smoothly. Some items of maintenance include the decks, roof, propellers, oil changes, ignition, and more. If you keep up with regular maintenance, costs will not be expensive. Prices vary depending on who you hire so be sure to get estimates from different contractors first.

Houseboats are safe, but there are a few items you can buy to keep yourself even safer. Personal flotation devices, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors are all good safety investments for the home. Even though the houseboats have gates and rails, a lifejacket is another safety investment you should consider. It’s also smart to get a lightning dissipater, a device that can prevent lightning from striking, before purchasing any floating homes for sale in Seattle.

These homes were made to permanently sit on the water. These structures will tend to rise with the water. So when an area floods, it is in better condition than a regular home. Floating homes have actually been adopted in other locations, like the Netherlands, to combat climate change and flooding.