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Claim your bunk on the houseboat ‘Jicama’

This home on the water is 475 square feet—and features bunk bed-like lofts

Grant Birkinbine

Docked just off Westlake on Lake Union, Jicama is one of a few root-vegetable-named houseboats on the market. Out of all of its siblings—including quirky little Turnip and offbeat Rutabaga—Jicama provides the closest thing to an apartment experience, at least in the gathering areas, with a straightforward interior that’s surprisingly spacious for 475 square feet.

Much like Rutabaga, Jicama has an open-concept living area with a kitchen tucked into the back. (Unlike Rutabaga, the doors that bring you in are both a standard size.)

The layout leaves enough space for a round dining table, plus full-size appliances and a decent amount of counter space in the kitchen.

Jicama even has a bathroom landlubbers will recognize, with a standard bathtub and everything. But it’s the sleeping quarters where things get a little funky—it’s two side-by-side lofts nestled into the upper level, accessible by ladder.

Like its neighbors, Jicama has plenty of outdoor space, too: a back deck off the living room has enough room for barbecues, and the roof, while not exactly activated right now, is at least available for sunbathing.

Jicama’s on the market for $350,000, plus $1,050 for the slip.

1818 Westlake Ave N

1818 Westlake Avenue North, , WA 98109