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Property Watch: An Artsy Houseboat with Vaulted Ceilings

This intricately designed houseboat from Windermere features creative siding, end-of-dock views, and a delightful heron visitor.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd September 7, 2022

We’re approaching the end of houseboat listing season, but there are still some adorable homes available on the lake—including the Haida Bird, an intricate and offbeat home docked a few blocks up the shoreline northeast of Gas Works Park.

The boat, created in 2005 by small Port Townsend–based builder GreenPod Development, is a wild but artful mix of architectural styles from the dock, with three levels of kirizuma-style gables, carved wood ornaments emerging from each gable’s peak, and beachy cedar shake siding arranged in a nontraditional curvy pattern. Red beams line the underside of the roof of the front porch, then continue down each side of the vessel as corbels. The highest level, an addition that came along sometime before 2014, has a more modern look and siding—but a matching roof and red accents help tie it together.

That level of eclectic delight continues indoors. A vaulted tongue-in-groove ceiling elevates slightly in the middle, allowing some clerestory windows to bring in light from all directions. The addition of the second floor didn’t affect the look; the roof shape stretches from the front entrance to the back door, a gorgeous arched double door with stained glass panels, a pair of tulips meeting at the top. It’s slightly elevated, so it makes a fine window, but as a door it leads to a balcony—and because it rounds off one corner of the dock, there’s little beyond it but Lake Union.

The majority of the first floor is one long great room, spacious enough for a full kitchen, complete with tigerwood countertops. The generous, airy living area includes a pretty pellet stove, and has plenty of room to carve out dining, entertainment, and lounging areas—especially among the corner windows in the back. The home’s bathroom lives underneath the stairs to the second floor, and has its own ornamental window, a marine toilet, and a little cubby of drawers.

Upstairs, there’s a proper bedroom with decently sized landlubber-style closets—often a tall order from a houseboat, where a bedroom can be a hallway and a closet can be the bed. A large window looks out over the marina, and its own peaked tongue-in-groove ceiling adds a cozy touch.

Boring, but useful: The sturdy, steel hull has plenty of storage space inside. Exciting, and maybe useful: You will get plenty of wildlife visitors, including, apparently, this delightfully goofy great blue heron.

A houseboat on Lake Union puts you clearly in the middle of the city—it’s a busy city lake with big city views—but slips around the end of the dock still feel more remote. There’s no need to look around your neighbors to see the open water. Regardless, you’ll be really popular when it comes time for the Fourth of July fireworks practically next door.

Listing Fast Facts

2401 N Northlake Way, Slip L6
Size: 555 square feet, 1 bedroom/1 bath
List Date: 8/5/2022
List Price: $525,000
Listing Agents:
Krista Belova, Windermere

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