Houseboats & Floating Homes for Sale in Seattle, WA

Epic views at an extraordinary value! Expansive living spaces and an unrivaled location converge in this incredible floating home with owned moorage on Lake Union. Walls of Southern-facing windows frame the glistening water, magically reflecting the evening cityscape. Eastlake's Southern-most dock is one of Lake Union's most prized locations with front-row seats to iconic views of Seattle’s skyline. Stunning Mid-Century design features a spacious circular plan with exposed wood beams, a large deck, an oversized bedroom & bathroom, and a walk-in closet. Quintessential Seattle living awaits whether serving as a residence, entertaining venue, or creative pied-à-terre. Parking available. Easy conversion to 2 beds/2.5 baths! $2,500,000 Pending

2017 Fairview Avenue E B Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 2 Baths 1,425 SqFt 2.230 Acres

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

Spacious floating home in sought after Mallard Cove. Rare amenities include 34’ boat slip, two parking spaces, + EV charging in a convenient garage! Desirable south end-of-dock location, sun-filled open floor plan with water views from every room. Large entertainment spaces with easy water access in summer and a cozy gas stove for winter. Updated kitchen with gas, stainless appliances, granite and marble surface. Hand crafted spiral staircase leads to rooftop deck with stunning views of Queen Anne, Gas Works & Wallingford. Primary suite with walk-in closet, gas stove & balcony. Lower deck off main, ideal for kayak/SUP launching, stepping aboard your boat, or relaxing on the water. Owned moorage, pet friendly dock. Come join us on the lake! $2,485,000 Active

2600 Fairview Avenue E 4 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,817 SqFt 0.027 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of COMPASS

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

Spacious 2 bedroom 1 bath sun-drenched floating home featuring Japanese influenced interiors combined with modern design. This home features a flexible open layout, vaulted ceilings and large hidden storage spaces throughout. Open chef's kitchen with European appliances, custom cabinetry, lighting and dining area. Custom woodwork and finishes including cork and seagrass flooring. Updated interiors designed in collaboration of artist owner and Shed Architecture. Spacious utility/laundry/pantry room. Swim, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, plus 24' of moorage next to a connected floating dock. $1,399,000 Pending

2019 Fairview Avenue E R Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 1,120 SqFt

Pending Listing courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Co.

Lake Union Landing & FullerStyle present to you the opportunity to secure one of their stunning brand new houseboats this year!  This 42 x 15' floating wonder is the latest addition to this sought after co-op owned community. Decks on all 3 levels plus windows placed strategically to incorporate natural light & views. This beauty is fully equipped with high end & custom finishes & connected to city water & sewer. Luxurious design & uncompromised spaces for easy living on Lake Union. Stroll down the private gated & wide tree & bench lined dock boulevard like no other in the city. Steps to Burke Gilman Trail,local eateries & UW campus. In city paradise offers Seattle as you have never seen it before! 55 ft slip allows room for small runabout. $1,350,000 Active

2309 N Northlake Way Slip2 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 2 Baths 950 SqFt

Active Listing courtesy of Keller Williams North Seattle

Stunning Houseboat the "Marie Laveau" is a fully-functional 72' Paddlewheeler w/ breathtaking unobstructed Lake views.  2 bed/2 bath, 1300 sf, w/ a rare 1,000 sf in exterior space--soak in the view from any of your 4 decks!  Extensive remodel 2017 gutted to the studs, w/ all new appliances including Verona 5-burner gas range, hand-scraped teak flooring, radiant heated bathroom tile floor, Gerber soft-close solar shades throughout. Huge cargo hold for storage, steel hull, hauled out 6/2020, boat alongside ok w/fee. Slip rented $1,650/mo plus Liveaboard fee $250/mo, incl water. $850,000 Active

2401 N Northlake Way B14 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,300 SqFt 0.030 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Danforth

Here is the one! Fabulous  2-story houseboat situated in prime condo-owned moorage with unobstructed views of downtown Seattle skyline, Gas Works Park, nature & lakefront action! A rare true two-bedroom, this custom floating residence has multiple view decks + awesome rooftop deck.  Main floor features a light-filled view kitchen, dining and living areas with a deck off each end. The serene downstairs has a primary & secondary bedroom with a full bath.  Plenty of storage, room for a small watercraft, well managed community & smack dab in the middle of the City! Rentals (min. 30 days) and pets are allowed. Come see this in-city oasis! $735,000 Active

2143 N Northlake Way 54 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 0.013 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Co.

Here is the one! Fabulous 2-story houseboat situated in prime condo-owned moorage with unobstructed views of downtown Seattle skyline, Gas Works Park, nature & lakefront action! A rare true two-bedroom, this custom floating residence has multiple view decks + awesome rooftop deck. Main floor features a light-filled view kitchen, dining and living areas with a deck off each end. The serene downstairs has a primary & secondary bedroom with a full bath. Plenty of storage, room for a small watercraft, well managed community & smack dab in the middle of the City! Rentals (min. 30 days) and pets are allowed. One of the few communities on the Lake where you OWN your moorage! Come see this in-city oasis! $735,000 Active

2143 N Northlake Way 54 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 800 SqFt 0.013 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Co.

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! $699,000 Active

2143 N Northlake Way 46 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 0.013 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Windermere RE Bainbridge

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. Do not let this pass you by! $555,000 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.

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. $169,000 Active

2401 N Northlake Way E-4 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 250 SqFt 0.006 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Northwest Realtors

Welcome to the Sugar Shack.  Great full-time liveaboard for yourself or buy as a proven income-generating investment property.  This classic 1946 Army frigate is loaded w/ charm from the warm fir floors & wood-paneled walls, to the brass port holes throughout or the surprise deep soaking tub under the living room bench!  Views of Lake Union and Downtown from your private roof deck & awesome central location within walking/biking/driving distance to anything you could need in a day.  On the Burke-Gilman Trail steps to SLU. Priced to sell, maintenance work is needed (approx $30K)  and preinspection is provided upon request.  Marina has add'l bath facilities and allows pets & rentals! Parking is Zone 25 off-street.  Moorage $1000/mo.  FOWR 859 $122,000 Active

1818 Westlake Avenue N D3 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 200 SqFt 0.007 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Danforth

Come enjoy gorgeous views of the Capitol building & bay every morning in this historic live aboard vessel @ sought after West Bay Marina!  So many options to entertain out on your back deck area, or enjoy dinners in the open concept living area that boasts a beautiful marble kitchen, gas stove top cooking, newer fridge/freezer, and large walk in pantry that can double as a bonus room, office, or make a second bedroom!  Dont miss the granite/tile walk in shower, extra storage under couch, large engine room (that with a little work you can make the boat mobile again!), chest freezer included!  Enjoy views in your seating area in the entry w/doors on both sides, and walk down the hatch to your primary bedroom! Boat can be relocated. $91,950 Active

2100 West Bay Drive Olympia, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 300 SqFt

Active Listing courtesy of John L. Scott Lacey

A charming Seattle Houseboat 'Out Of Time' was built by Haggard Houseboats, first time on the market.  Tucked away in a very private outer moorage slip with incredible Lake Union and Ship Canal views. Off-street parking, on the Chesiahud trail, to walk or bike to just about anything. This houseboat has warm wood finishes throughout, 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 $1,382.50, rentals and pets ok. This is the ultimate houseboat to enjoy the lake. $400,000 Active

2710 Westlake Avenue N 84 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 420 SqFt 0.017 Acres

Active Listing courtesy of Special Agents Realty

'Notre Aventure' an unimaginable lifestyle comes alive aboard this amazing Seattle Houseboat located in one of the best locations on Lake Union with incredible lake, city and Space Needle views, all on one level, with large picturesque windows, onboard laundry, large bedroom, full bath, kitchen w/eating space and living room. Wood floors throughout. All electric heating and appliances (propane avail). Rooftop deck w/newer membrane-3y/o), hauled-out 10/2021 w/full maintenance & new paint (invoice attached). Moorage yearly lease at $1090/mo. See attached invoice for inclusions.  Personal property taxed (estimated at 1% of purchase price). Bring your lake toys and live like you are vacationing every day. Financing avail., pets and rentals ok. $350,000 Active

1900 Westlake Avenue N B15 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 480 SqFt 0.013 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.