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Craftsman cottage houseboat asks $425K on Lake Union

It’s like the cutest backyard house, but floating

This houseboat has the look of a Craftsman cottage.
Courtesy of Special Agents Realty

Floating off Westlake Avenue, this little vacation homes combines the best of two little house modalities: the itty-bitty cottage and the houseboat. Built in 2010, this house is significantly larger than a lot of houseboats, but still clocks in at a relatively small 728 square feet—but fits in all the basics, including a decently-sized kitchen, an airy living room, and room to sleep at least four.

The biggest drawback here is that it’s not docked at a liveaboard slip, so it has to be a vacation getaway, not a full-time home. But it is built with a beach home aesthetic, with giant windows and roomy, waterside porches.

A cozy living area feels bigger thanks to a vaulted, cathedral ceiling, and stays cuddly thanks to a propane fireplace, which, on a practical level, can also heat the home. Above the living room, a loft provides a space for spare beds, or just a little library or other nook. For more privacy, the master bedroom features a built-in queen Murphy bed (plus plenty of built-in storage, including shelves and a bureau)—it opens up to its own little deck for saying good morning to Lake Union, too.

2000 Westlake Avenue N Slip E-4 is listed for $425,000 through Special Agents Realty.

Giant windows bring the lake into the living room.
There’s extra space in a loft tucked in the living room’s cathedral ceiling.
The loft has enough room for a few extra beds.
Built-ins save space in the master bedroom.
Fitting with the rest of the look, the kitchen is more typical of a house on land.
A large back deck has unobstructed views of the rest of Lake Washington.

Lake Union

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