There’s a good chance you’ve seen the classic 1990s romcom “Sleepless in Seattle,” and perhaps have even caught yourself fantasizing about owning a houseboat like the one featured in the movie. Though that particular residence isn’t available for purchase — it was acquired by a tech company executive for more than $2 million back in 2014, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal — another floating Seattle villa has just popped up on the market, this one asking just under $2.5 million.
Built back in the late 1970s and since updated, this two-story aquatic showpiece is docked in a primo Mallard Cove locale on the banks of Lake Union, in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle, and features two bedrooms and two baths in a little over 1,800 square feet of open-concept living space. (That’s large, as houseboats go.) The new owner will pay annual taxes of around $845, with HOA dues costing $475 per month.
Technically a floating house rather than a houseboat, because it’s permanently moored and therefore not mobile, the primary allure of the brightly hued wood-shingled and metal-roof structure lies largely in its breathtaking scenery. While it sits near the back of the moor, behind another row of floating houses, walls of big wood-trimmed windows and an expansive rooftop deck overlook the sparkling lake and skyline, complete with unobstructed Queen Anne, Gas Works and Wallingford views.
The bright orangish-red front door opens into stylish interiors adorned throughout with a mix of tile and hardwood floors, high ceilings and built-ins. From there, a spacious great room warmed by a gas stove and boasting sliding glass doors flowing out to a waterside deck holds a living room and dining area, along with a wood-clad kitchen outfitted with an eat-in breakfast bar and newer stainless appliances. There’s also an office space and a bath tucked off to the side.
A hand-crafted spiral staircase in the home’s entry hall heads upstairs, where a large sky-lit master retreat comes complete with a private balcony, cozy fireside sitting area and walk-in closet, plus a nicely amenitized bath sporting dual vanities, a soaking tub and glass-encased shower. Some bonuses: a 34-foot boat slip, two parking spaces and an electric car-charging station in a “convenient” garage.