Houseboats & Floating Homes for Sale in Seattle, WA

The Queen of Lake Union // Nestled in the heart of Seattle's iconic Fremont neighborhood, and situated on one of the most serene stretches of Lake Union, "Aurora" presents 4,800sqft of tranquil and unmatched living on the water. Its signature design and spacious floorplan provide breathtaking views and living spaces seldom seen in floating properties. Every detail of craftsmanship has been meticulously considered. The main floor is an entertainer's dream with a gourmet kitchen featuring a Bertazzoni range, sunroom, formal dining area, and a cozy eating nook with panoramic views. The full-floor master suite offers unparalleled vistas, a spacious walk-in closet, and a luxurious five-piece bath. Includes year-round 32-foot moorage. $3,900,000 Active

907 N Northlake Way Seattle, Washington

3 Beds 3 Baths 4,850 SqFt

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's Int'l Rlty

Just in time for summer! Every day feels like a vacation in this floating home on the best dock on the lake that recently had a studs-out remodel by the lake's premier floating home builder, Dyna. Bring a boat or two or three, this home has a lot of moorage with two 34’ boat slips! With three bedrooms and two offices, there’s plenty of space for working from home. After work, entertainers will love the light-filled reverse floorplan with a designer kitchen, grill deck, and expansive rooftop deck for taking in the sunset. Also, this home has two secure garage parking spots with EV charging. Plus at Mallard Cove, you own not just your home but also your slip on a pet-friendly dock. Life is better on the lake! $3,250,000 Active

2600 Fairview Avenue E 11 Seattle, Washington

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,132 SqFt 0.027 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Urban Living

Escape the city's hustle to your serene floating home on Lake Union! Enjoy peaceful waterside living with stunning open water views of sailboats, Lake Union, Gas Works Park and more. Experience in-city convenience with easy access to Seattle's recreation, arts, shopping, dining, and nightlife. Step out your door to sail, kayak, or paddleboard, or relax on your floating deck as boats drift by. Winter brings waterfowl and cozy reading as you watch raindrops dance on the water. This nautical-themed one-bed, one-bath retreat offers a city-to-lake transition or a canvas for your dream home on the water with its large float and incredible views. Come join us on the lake! $1,895,000 Active

2466 Westlake Avenue N 6 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 860 SqFt 0.029 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of COMPASS

Finally the sought after end of dock luxury houseboat! FullerStyle presents to you the opportunity to secure one of their stunning brand new houseboats! This 45 x 16.5' floating wonder is the latest in the sought after co-op owned community of Lake Union Landing.Both water level bedrooms are ensuite w/ AC & there is also a 1/2 bath & AC on the main level. Large living + 895 sq ft of decks includes rooftop! Fully equipped w/ high end & custom finishes + connected to city water/sewer. 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. $1,675,000 Pending

2309 N Northlake Way 8 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 3 Baths 1,075 SqFt

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Pending Listing courtesy of Keller Williams North Seattle

Newer high quality floating home on coveted Portage Bay with the full package:  View, deck, car parking, storage, boat slip, and even temporary guest moorage on their private community dock.  Beautifully designed, this home has soaring ceilings, warm wood wrapped windows, spa bathroom and sauna, recently refinished kitchen, and gorgeous spaces. This sought after dock rarely has a home that changes hands and it's pet friendly, too! Close to UW campus. Relax in your living room or on your sunny deck and take in the fantastic views of Portage Bay and out to Montlake Cut. Wake up to beautiful sunrises & step off your home for easy boating in Lake Union or Lake Washington - or out to the Sound! Absolute serene paradise and not to be missed! $1,650,000 Pending

2822 Boyer Avenue E 3 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 900 SqFt 0.023 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Pending Listing courtesy of Keller Williams North Seattle

Live the dream of luxury waterfront living in this newly built, state-of-the-art houseboat w/ all the modern amenities & stylish finishes you desire. FullerStyle has outdone itself again w/ this latest addition to their portfolio on the lake. Two lrg bedrooms including deck off primary w/ soaring ceilings, gorgeous bath, stacking laundry, & incredible curving wooden staircase leading you up to main floor. Open floorplan upstairs to enjoy life afloat. Beautiful kitchen & a swing up window out to the deck w/ it's own counter. Spiral staircase to access large rooftop. State of the art systems & ample tank capacities - 110 gal black, 110 gal fresh, 500 gal grey.  Ideal for anyone desiring waterfront living without sacrificing luxury & comfort. $945,000 Active

1080 W Ewing Place W-08 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 860 SqFt

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Keller Williams North Seattle

Almost Front Row!!!! Sweet views from this great home with open floor plan with large deck overlooking the main waterway full of boating activity, the super-yacht docks across the waterway, sunsets, and more. This dock consists of only 5 floating homes which allows for more open area and privacy. City park w/beautiful gardens, swimming, boarding, kayaking, and fun! Pet friendly. Possible boat slips available. 2nd small bedroom is perfect office space, great kitchen w/ breakfast room with morning sun, raised bar area. FINANCING AVAILABLE.   $730 monthly HOA lease fee and no real estate taxes make this property an incredible deal. PLEASE DO NOT WALK DOCK WITHOUT APPOINTMENT!  Thank you! $835,000 Active

2731 Fairview Avenue E 4 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 614 SqFt 0.018 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Midtown

*First time on the Market*  Imagine discovering a very limited floating home slip on Lake Union. One with opportunities to reclaim the past mid century existing home or build something uniquely yours. As luck would have it, the floating home slip has natural gas, electricity, water, and boat moorage, and grandfathered rights on the lake. The cooperative owned dock is one of friendly neighbors who joined forces in the 1990's to become The Willows Dock. The raft itself or the footprint is 20x30 and the current home is 600 square feet on the main level with impressive features that shined in its day. The loft upstairs measures 180 square feet and approximately 7' tall.  Home owner dues include water, sewer, garbage, and real estate taxes. $550,000 Active

2321 Fairview Avenue E 1 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 780 SqFt 0.014 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Midtown

Welcome home to Snug Haven, a rare end-slip houseboat w/ even rarer wrap-around deck, on the Burke-Gilman trail and steps from Fremont Bridge.  Enjoy your direct view of Gasworks park, fireworks, & marine traffic large & small all from your living room.  Home floats on heavily-reinforced triple pontoon 52' x 18' base & lives like a full-sized amenity home indoors, all new stainless appliances and A/C just installed.  Larger slip allows for an up to 19' accessory boat.  Moorage includes W/G, site has laundry, fast internet & free parking.  LT rentals & pets allowed! Liveaboard slip not on DNR. FOWR 856 $399,000 Active

2706 Westlake Avenue N 76 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 583 SqFt 0.028 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Danforth

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. $365,000 Active

3141 Fairview Avenue E 806 Seattle, Washington

2 Beds 1 Baths 560 SqFt

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Keller Williams North Seattle

Hello Hobo.  This sweet houseboat was hauled out March 2024, bottom paint applied and a marine survey completed.  Hobo has the originality that makes her standout from the rest.  The cherry wood interior wraps multiple windows and the layout really packs a punch. The loft upstairs is private and cozy.  A hatch to take you to the flat roof is awesome too.  She has a new on demand water heater, refrigerator, and a deep cycle marine battery.  Hobo is 30x15 and she's happily been in the same slip for 20 years. The Ship Canal trail is right there and leads you from Ballard to Lake Union and connects to more bike paths. Old Stove Brewing right around the corner.  Monthly fee is $750 p/m for water, garage, electricity, and moorage. $300,000 Active

624 Ewing Street 3 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 450 SqFt

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Midtown

Location, Location, Location! Enjoy your very own studio oasis. City-registered houseboat in stunning location. Natural light, warm wood-paneled walls, hardwood floors and amazing views welcome you home. Extremely private gated dock with view across Lake Union, Downtown Seattle, Gasworks Park, located along the Burke Gilman Trail and only a stone's throw away from the Sleepless in Seattle floating home. Perfect little front porch to watch seaplanes, boat activity and fireworks! Close to major employers and easy transit routes. Haul out, bottom paint and refit 2021. Zone 25 Parking. FOWR 799. $227,500 Active

2450 Westlake Avenue N 6 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 175 SqFt 0.007 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Danforth

Welcome aboard Little Betty! You will love all that life on the water offers including simple access to your daily paddle on Lake Union, Portage Bay or Lake Washington. Steps from the Burke Gilman trail for bike ride or walk to UW, Fremont, South Lake Union and Downtown Seattle. Updated kitchen and bathroom include Quartz countertops, new LED lighting and designer finishes. Work from home with a water view on thoughtful fold down desk. Rest and relax on rooftop deck with room to entertain and store your kayaks and toys. City registered FOWR# 959. Moored in slip in Cascade Marina next to new Seafab cafe. Take a stroll down the dock to your new slice of heaven on the water in this fully furnished floating home. Slip $644+$300 live aboard fee. $115,000 Active

1001 NE Boat Street Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 142 SqFt

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Home Realty

A wonderful opportunity for those seeking a unique & adventurous lifestyle. Coveted-owned marina slip immerses yourself in the beauty of Lake Union while enjoying the comfort & charm of a houseboat. The stunning rooftop deck at 396 sq/ft, provides breathtaking views of downtown Seattle & Lake Union.  Many updated features add to its appeal, kitchen has walnut butcher block counters, stainless appliances, & a gas cooktop. Modern touches combine cozy houseboat atmosphere to create an inviting living space. Easy access to Gas Works Park, Burke Gilman Trail, pets/rentals 30 days or longer welcome, parking incl. and HOD's $530/mo, room off back for sm. boat. $489,000 Active

2143 N Northlake Way 53 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 208 SqFt 0.012 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Special Agents Realty

This upgraded Seattle houseboat features vinyl-planked flooring, a stack washer and dryer, a full bath, 50-amp electrical service, security wiring, and sensors for moisture and temperature in a spacious cargo hold. It offers flexible living spaces, a kitchen with skylights, and open areas for socializing. Enjoy city and lake views from the rooftop deck, a covered deck off the living room, and a built-in dining space. The facility accommodates a boat up to 19 feet off the covered back deck and includes off-street parking with RPZ city pass, in a pet-friendly and rental-friendly marina. Moorage costs $1,176 monthly, including liveaboard, water, and garbage services. A recent haul-out and survey inspection has been completed. $459,000 Active

1900 Westlake Avenue N B4 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 360 SqFt 0.009 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Special Agents Realty

Delight in minimalist living on a beautiful Seattle Houseboat, in annual leased moorage on West Lake Union. This haven offers the potential for a full rooftop deck, perfect for enjoying bike trails, and mesmerizing views of the city, lake, and mountains. Ideal for those who cherish a peaceful yet accessible waterfront lifestyle—bring your lake toys, kayak, paddleboard and live passionately! Flexible seller financing is available. The marina is pet-friendly and allows rentals. Inclusive of $1,133/month moorage + $300 liveaboard fee (includes water/garbage), electricity $180 quarterly,  with RPZ zone off-street parking. Wonderful lake community living, minutes to Fremont, downtown and tech corridor, including Amazon, Google and Adobe. $399,000 Active

1900 Westlake Avenue N B-9 Seattle, Washington

1 Beds 1 Baths 353 SqFt 0.013 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. Active Listing courtesy of Special Agents Realty

Discover life on the water in this remodeled North Lake Union houseboat. Features a steel hull, inspected & repainted 8/2020, offering a blend of community and style. Enjoy an updated kitchen, outdoor eating area with built-in entry deck benches, a new rooftop deck, and practical space-saving solutions like a washer/dryer combo and innovative under-bed walk-in closet/storage. Complete with AC, this houseboat is near Gas Works Park, restaurants, shops, and the Burke-Gilman trail. Ready for lake adventures and a tranquil lifestyle? Furnished or unfurnished. Rental Moorage $640/mo +$250 Liveaboard fee, includes w/g. Room for a small boat (w/addl. fee). Bring your water toys and enjoy peaceful Lake Union Living, staycay or Lake Office. FOWR#791 $284,500 Active

2401 N Northlake Way E-8 Seattle, Washington

1 Baths 240 SqFt 0.008 Acres

The three tree logo represents a listing courtesy of NWMLS. 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.

 The cost of living on a floating home can vary greatly depending on the location, size, and amenities of the home. In general, floating homes may be less expensive to purchase than land-based homes, but they may have higher ongoing costs for things like moorage fees and utility bills.

 It can be more difficult to get a mortgage for a floating home than for a land-based home, as floating homes may be considered a specialty property type. However, some mortgage lenders may offer loans for floating homes, so it's worth doing some research and speaking with lenders to see what options are available.

Floating homes can be designed and built to withstand many types of storms and natural disasters, but it's important to consider the specific location and potential hazards when evaluating the safety of a floating home. In some cases, floating homes may be more vulnerable to certain types of disasters than land-based homes, so it's important to carefully consider these risks before purchasing a floating home.

It can be more difficult to find insurance for a floating home than for a land-based home, as floating homes may be considered a specialty property type. However, some insurance companies may offer coverage for floating homes, so it's worth doing some research and speaking with insurers to see what options are available.

 The property tax treatment of floating homes can vary depending on the location and other factors. In some cases, floating homes may be subject to the same property taxes as land-based homes, while in other cases they may be taxed differently. It's important to research the property tax rules in your area if you're considering purchasing a floating home.