Thinking about buying a Seattle Floating Home and wondering what it is like living on Lake Union?

Photo of Floating Homes in Seattle on Lake Union, these are moored in Eastlake.

Floating Homes in Seattle on Lake Union, these are moored in Eastlake.

Thinking about buying a Seattle Floating Home and wondering what it is like living on Lake Union?  It is a different kind of lifestyle living aboard a floating home and being part of a unique, historical community on Lake Union of floating homes clustered together in docks in Westlake, Eastlake and Portage Bay in Seattle.  If you are interested in looking to see if there is a floating home for you, then you can start your search here for current Seattle Floating Homes for Sale.

Living aboard a floating home on Lake Union is the ultimate in waterfront living, with no shoreline and the only thing between you and the water is your decking!

Photo of Seattle Floating homes on Lake Union part of the Roanoke Reef community.

Seattle Floating homes on Lake Union part of the Roanoke Reef community.

One of the best benefits of living on a floating home is the easy access to boating and many in the community have a paddleboard, canoe, kayak, or boat tied to their home so they can simply untie, push off and go boating anytime.  On hot days you can sit on your deck and dangle your legs into the lake or swim, there is at least one floating home with a waterslide on the deck!  From your deck or comfortably inside, enjoy watching sunsets and the lights of the city sparkle in the distance.

Photo of Sailboat and red canoe tied up at some Floating Seattle Homes in Eastlake on Lake Union

Sailboat and red canoe tied up at some Floating Seattle Homes in Eastlake on Lake Union

Space is a premium because floating homes are not especially large, though some of the more expensive homes will be the size of more average sized homes on land, maybe up to 2,000 square feet. Living on a floating home shares similarities to living in a townhome with neighbors close by, and no yard.

Photo of Dock leading to a group of Eastlake Floating Homes on Lake Union in Seattle.

Dock leading to a group of Eastlake Floating Homes on Lake Union in Seattle.

Photo of a Dock leading to a group of Eastlake Floating Homes on Lake Union in Seattle.

Dock leading to a group of Eastlake Floating Homes on Lake Union in Seattle.

Floating home owners tend to be very community oriented so you’ll definitely get to know your neighbors, especially since you’ll share a dock.   Part of the appeal of living on Lake Union are each home’s outdoor deck spaces where you can easily chat with your neighbor whose deck is a few feet from yours.  While inside, most homes do allow some privacy, rooms and decks with views of the water will also occasionally have people peering in as they pass by in boats and in kayaks, and many floating home owners enjoy giving a friendly wave to the watching boaters who often wave back.

Nice Summer days are busy on the lake with all the boating traffic, and Fourth of July is spectacular with fireworks at Gasworks park across Lake Union.  There is wildlife to be watched; ducks, geese and gulls swimming by, eagles, herons and other birds flying and hunting, you might even see salmon jumping in the lake!

You can find out more at the SeattleFloatingHomes.org website, they also sponsor a Seattle Floating Homes Tour every year.  Details for the 2014 Seattle Floating Homes Tour, please click on the link.

If this is the lifestyle you would enjoy, you can easily search on my website for current Floating Homes for Sale in Seattle.  Please let me know if I can help you with real estate in Seattle!

~Deborah  

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