At just 250 square feet, “Ina Mae,” a houseboat floating on Lake Union by Gas Works Park in Wallingford, keeps cozy quarters, with just enough room for seating, a small desk, and a kitchenette. It’s surrounded by a classic Lake Union houseboat look: exposed-grain, wood-slat walls and a curved, beadboard ceiling create nautical decor. Skylights above let in extra natural light.
Decks at the bow and stern get even closer to the water—one walled-in deck is more of a front porch, with a step down from the dock and thick walls with room for planter boxes. The other is more straightforward and more of a jumping-off point for lake adventures. (And, of course, there’s always climbing up on the roof.)
Better yet: The moorage is owned, meaning the actual space it occupies is for sale, not just the structure itself.
It could use a bathroom before it becomes a liveaboard, but with a shared bathroom on the dock, it’s not quite the end of the world for a little weekend getaway. A building permit could expand the space by 120 square feet, enough room for a shower and other necessary facilities.
It’s listed for $230,000.