Some houseboats are a little more nautical than others. This Westlake houseboat, with its minimalist, wood-heavy design, is enough to make anyone feel like a skipper. And although it’s named Swan Song, it certainly hasn’t sang one.
Outside, the boat has two main-level decks, neither with a railing or much ornamentation—optimal for launching a kayak or dangling your toes in the water.
Inside, the living area features curved, wood-beam ceilings and wood paneling for a vintage look, although the boat was built in 1994. A galley kitchen is there for any culinary needs, but it doesn’t draw any focus. A small dinette draws even less attention, especially when it’s folded into the wall, a useful small-space solution.
Farther back, the 518-square-foot interior manages to contain two bedrooms, including a larger one opening to the aft deck with the same curved ceiling as the living room, plus plenty of closet space. The smaller bedroom, located in the center section of the boat but still with an exposed-beam ceiling, could double as a den or office.
Atop the main room, a ladder pulls down to a flat roof deck nestled between curved roofs on either end of the boat, perfect for a small amount of patio furniture, a well-secured container garden, or just laying out to sunbathe.
$375,000 (plus sales tax) will get you the home. The slip rent at Westlake Marina, which allows long-term rentals and pets, will run you an extra $650 per month, which includes liveaboard and water.
- Seattle houseboat: Swan Song [Special Agents Realty]