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Modern floating home with extra dock listed for $1.5 million

The end-of-dock home is surrounded by Portage Bay

Comes with boat parking.
John Markadakis/Courtesy of Seattle Afloat

Tucked away in Portage Bay, this little floating home brings a kind of houseboat sensibility to a floating home dock, with just one story and a slightly curved, exposed-wood ceiling. But it has the stability (and footprint) of a floating home, with a wide, open layout—and even a little “yard” in the form of a large, attached dock on the water side, perfect for sunning or swimming.

While the home was built in 1970, it maintains a kind of midcentury sensibility, with a sleek, modern design. The layout can be adjusted for space or privacy, with sliding shoji screens separating a living area, the bedroom, and a small, flexible office nook. The kitchen is massive, with a wide expanse of counters plenty of room for a dining area. Skylights in the living room and bathroom lift the ceiling and bring in plenty of that lakeside environment.

1213 E Shelby Street Unit 17 is listed for $1.5 million—a price tag that factors in the slip space, which is finite for floating homes—through Seattle Afloat.

The interior of a floating home. There is a large bed with blue bed linens. There is a room divider in the center of the room. On the other side of the divider is a living area with a couch and a television.
A modular layout lets the space be versatile.
A giant kitchen has full-size appliances and room for a dining table.
The bathroom has its decor built in, with wood-shingle walls and built-ins.
A grandfathered-in extra dock faces the water—a kind of yard for the home.
The private dock is open to Portage Bay.
Shared dock amenities include yard space and an on-land cottage with storage.