The entrance to this Eastlake marina looks like an unassuming gate behind an industrial building, but once you’re in the ultra-private community near the University Bridge, you’ll find this extremely cute houseboat toward the end of the dock. While it was built in 1997, it’s full of all those classic nautical details: polished barrel ceilings, skylights, and creative wood framing.
Unlike many houseboats that change hands frequently, this one’s had a single owner for the last 25 years. Recently remodeled, it's really built for living in, with a functional, streamlined design that takes advantage of its limited 560 square feet.
The entry is through the open living room and kitchen, separated visually by a bar-height table. There’s enough space here for a small couch and reading chair. On the mostly wood-grain ceiling, painted beams frame a skylight, and on the walls, beadboard wainscoting contrasts with deep red paint. The full kitchen is boat-sized with an itty-bitty electric range, but fits the essentials, including a double sink that makes small-space cleanup easier.
Down a small hallway to the back, the place manages to fit two whole bedrooms, each with at least a double bed and some space to walk around them—both with skylights and adjoining a three-quarter bathroom. They even offer a little more privacy than the typical small-boat bedroom; no nooks or bunks here. One midway down the boat is a little cozier but still fits what appears to be a queen-size bed. The larger one at the end of the vessel features windows on three walls. The decor is similar to the living room, with the wainscoting and bold paint job, but both bedrooms have small accent walls with floor-to-ceiling wood grain for some extra boatiness.
The front porch, which is covered and faces the dock, is the main outdoor space and certainly has enough room for lounging. It seems likely that past visitors have climbed up to the curved roof. Being at the end of the dock, it’s not hard to find space to hang by the water. There’s even enough room on the slip to tie up a kayak or two.
Slip rent at this marina is $1,500 a month, which includes water, sewer, garbage, and electricity. Check to see what else the marina offers, too; sometimes there’s laundry or storage that renters can take advantage of. Alternatively, it could move to a different marina—including one with an owned slip—pretty easily.
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