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Property Watch: A Curvy Little Lake Union Houseboat

Shingles, decks, and even a cargo hold combine for quintessential boat life.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd March 24, 2021

Don't be distracted by the view yet—it's the gray and green boat in the center.

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Daydreaming about hiding away in a houseboat is an everyday part of Seattle life—especially as the sun makes its spring debut—and this quirky one-bedroom near Gas Works Park is the ideal fantasy. It brings classic nautical vibes like a cute shingled exterior and polished wood-slat accents, and a two-story design makes way for not one but two scenic rooftop decks.

Built in 2012, it’s on the newer side for a houseboat, which means some nice bonuses like radiant heat—but it’s still rooted in the same homegrown ethos that you expect from living on a slip. Interiors by Methow Valley architect Brice Butler include wood accents. Look closely for whimsical little details, like fish painted on frosted glass and a Dutch door facing the dock.

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The lower level is somewhat of a blank canvas, with a small, open layout surrounded by built-ins and a barrel ceiling above for warmth. The bathroom (always fascinating in a houseboat, one way or another) has more of a deliberate design, with a surprising amount of shelf and counter space given the small quarters.

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Custom built-ins are a mainstay of boat living, and the bedroom features, appropriately, a captain’s bed with much-needed storage. It’s technically pretty small, but not if you count the deck just past a set of glass doors. It’s just one of four open-air spaces, each with room to stretch out. There’s a front porch by the dock for when people-watching is the priority, and a back deck at water level has space to launch kayaks and paddleboards, plus a spiral staircase to a second-floor lounge facing the open lake.

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This isn’t the smallest houseboat in the world, but that's not saying much: It’s sized for either one person or two very cozy people. For extra storage, pop open the hatch to a large cargo hold.

Listing Fast Facts

2401 N Northlake Way Slip G6
Size: 675 square feet on a 60-foot slip, 1 bedroom/0.75 bath
List Date: 3/19/2021
List Price: $699,000, $1150/month slip rent and liveaboard fee
Listing Agent: Linda Bagley, Special Agents Realty

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