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A Northwest contemporary floating fairytale for $850K

This two-bedroom home currently floating just off Eastlake has all the natural influence of a 1970s Northwest contemporary—but with offbeat, storybook twists.

HD Estates, courtesy of Windermere

This two-bedroom home currently floating just off Eastlake has all the natural influence of a 1970s Northwest contemporary—but with offbeat, storybook twists.

The whimsy starts at the wood-paneled exterior and shingled roof, but it’s only a hint at what it has inside.

A cozy living room is warmed by a wood stove, with long windows topped by stained glass accents bringing in views of the lake. A kitchen is tucked in back through a geometric archway—still one of the most straightforward pockets in the place.

Even the bathroom presents a unique fixture: a bathtub carved from a 200-year-old cedar log.

A small bedroom or office nook rounds out the main floor.

Follow a bannister hand-carved from Brazilian wood past a trapezoidal window—with even more stained glass—to an infinitely more fanciful second floor.

Here, every inch of space is a cozy nook. Enter one of the bedrooms through a narrow door, or treat it as a small reading nook lit by a small stained-glass window. A small, hand-carved door opens and closes to transform the space.

An office sets up shop in the hallway. A sitting area—with some very 1970s stained glass patterns—nestles in the home’s turret. A carved sink provides a corner to freshen up, nodding back to the bathroom below.

It’s easy to focus on the interior of a home like this, but—as is kind of the idea with floating homes—the setting is gorgeous on its own. A deck wraps around the main floor for plenty of time on the lake, and provides a little space for boat moorage if the rest of the dock’s community gives the go-ahead. Dockside, a row of planter boxes provide some gardening space.

This home is so right out of a fantasy story that a previous owner dubbed it the “Hobbit House.” Its asking price is $850,000; HOA dues are an extra $350 per month.

Lake Union

, , WA