Craving a life on the water? This itty-bitty houseboat on Lake Union, named Carrot to match root-vegetable brethren like Turnip and Rutabaga, is docked off Westlake Avenue North. The aesthetic is more boat than house, with a tugboat-style design outside and close, wood-paneled quarters inside, adding up to just 209 square feet.
Although the boat was built in 1984, it was constructed with an eye for vintage details, so functional pieces double as decor, like the metal-and-wood steering wheel. A bench next to the throttle also acts as a second bed for guests, or for someone who never wants to leave the helm. In the back, a built-in sleeping nook has a little more privacy—and built-in storage. The kitchen also does a lot with a little space, with miniature versions of a fridge and range, plus plenty of shelving.
The wall of windows along the curved, bow-side wall let in plenty of light, but for maximum sun (and a practical amount of space for company), try the rooftop deck. It has room for a few chairs and a good vantage point to the rest of Lake Union.
1818 Westlake Avenue N Slip D18 is on the market for $115,000 through Special Agents Realty.