It’s fake spring in Seattle and the sun is shining, so it’s only natural to start dreaming about houseboats and floating homes—and for agents to start listing them. This exceptionally ritzy modern floating home by architecture firm Vandeventer and Carlander was named a Home of Distinction a couple of years ago by the American Institute of Architects’ Seattle chapter. It’s on the front row of Roanoke Reef, one of the very fanciest docks on the east edge of Lake Union, with unobstructed lake access and a clear view straight to Gas Works Park and Fourth of July fireworks. It even comes with moorage for not one but two boats.

The home is crafted around serene spaces for taking in the water, with three carefully designed outdoor decks. Wood slats provide shelter for two balconies on the upper level, with panels that open and close according to need. There's little visual separation between indoors and out, thanks to glass doors that span entire walls—so if you open up a room, it becomes one giant, luxurious deck. This upper tier is where the living, dining, and kitchen areas are located in order to maximize views, with easy access to the roof deck: Climb the ladder from the east balcony for full sunlight.

The home’s two bedrooms are at float level, but with the home already on the lake, everybody still has at least some kind of water view. The real showstopper down here comes from the largest bedroom, with a west-facing wall that is all window. It opens right up to a narrow dock with a swim ladder, in case you like to start your day with an invigorating plunge. (It also has a bathroom and a giant walk-in closet en suite.)

Sometimes lake life comes with some small-space compromises, but not here: Below decks, find a 1,000-square-foot utility room for storage or tinkering. The place can even tout a garage parking spot, which is practically unheard of for a floating home.

Listing Fast Facts

10 East Roanoke Street, Slip 3
Size: 1,632 square feet, 2 bedroom/2.25 bath
List Date: 2/26/2021
List Price: $3,250,000
Listing Agents: Enrico Pozzo and Danny Varona, Realogics Sotheby's International Realty

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