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Modern floating home listed for $1.64 million

Designed by local architect Andrew Borges

Courtesy of Chris Kohler/Compass Washington

For those dreaming about a home on the water, it doesn’t get much closer than a floating home, like the several that pepper Lake Union. And unlike houseboats, floating homes are more similar to single-family homes on land in terms of layout and amenities (although a floating foundation isn’t cheap).

This floating home in Eastlake is designed by Andrew Borges, who designed the “Grass Blades” installation in Seattle Center. It has all the trappings of a brand-new luxury home on land, with a straightforward, modern design and windows built for views, especially handy with a front-row seat to the lake. It’s not giant—it’s just over 1,000 square feet—but a thoughtful layout leaves room for two well-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a well-appointed kitchen.

But it’s the outdoor space where you’ll want to stretch out, anyway: A wraparound deck on the lower level (complete with an outdoor shower) opens up the living room, and the master bedroom has a substantial private balcony of its own. And, as is customary for both fancy new construction and floating homes, a roof deck gives 360-degree views (and plenty of sunshine, weather permitting).

Sliding wood-frame glass doors let the wraparound deck become part of the living room—or not.

The master bedroom features plenty of space and storage, and seamlessly integrates with the outdoors with large windows and a balcony.

A second bedroom, currently staged as a den, has a small office nook with a corner view.

A ladder from the second-level deck climbs to a rooftop patio with major lake views.

The home is listed for $1.64 million, plus $430 a month in HOA dues.

Lake Union

, , WA