Ever find yourself dreaming about owning a houseboat like the one featured in the classic 1990s romcom “Sleepless in Seattle?” Though the original residence from the film isn’t available for purchase — that four-bedroom, 2,200-square-foot property sold back in 2014 to a high-tech executive for more than $2 million, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal — this floating showpiece still might lure you into dropping anchor; it just popped up on the market, asking an eye-watering $3.3 million!
Built and designed back in ’78 by architect Norman Sandler, the midcentury modern-inspired home rests along the eastern shore of Lake Union, on the Eastlake neighborhood’s southernmost dock, and features a single bedroom and two baths in a little over 1,400 square feet of living space. The new owner will pay annual taxes of around $6,865, with HOA dues costing $690 per month.
Technically a floating house rather than a houseboat, because it’s permanently moored and therefore not mobile, the primary allure of the two-story, wood-shingled and red-accented structure lies largely in its views of breathtaking scenery. Walls of southern-facing windows and an expansive deck overlook the glistening lake and skyline, complete with unobstructed views of the iconic Space Needle.
The front door opens into splashy interiors adorned throughout with custom woodwork, hardwood floors, stained-glass, coffered ceilings, and built-in seating and shelves. A double-height entry hall greets and offers the ability to serve as an impromptu guest bedroom, thanks to a handy fold-out sofa tucked away into an alcove.
From there, a cozy waterfront den warmed by a fireplace flows into a spacious great room boasting a dining area and family room; off to the side is a wood-clad kitchen outfitted with glass-front cabinetry, updated appliances and a walk-in closet; and upstairs, a huge master retreat comes with a private balcony, an office/sitting area and a walk-in closet, plus a skylight-equipped bath sporting an oval soaking tub and shower.
Danny Varona of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty serves as the listing agent.