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Shingled midcentury floating home asks $2.9 million on Lake Union

It’s sleek but still whimsical

An exterior wraparound dock leads right into Lake Union.
John Markadakis/Courtesy of Seattle Afloat

One thing that makes floating homes so charming—other than their unique surroundings—are their offbeat layouts and decor. This 1960 home combines a midcentury modern aesthetic, including vaulted, wood ceilings, with statement windows, beachy singled siding, and little nooks.

Docked in Eastlake, one departure from the midcentury style is right at the entry, with a more Craftsman or Tudor kind of archway separating the small foyer from the living room. Head on through for dramatic ceilings, though—which drop back down before the dining area and kitchen with more muted wood paneling. Hardwoods are a theme here, with bamboo floors throughout.

1,464 square feet has plenty of useable space across two stories, including two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. On the outside, a dock with swim ladders doubles as a kind of wraparound porch—and above, a more sheltered balcony connects to the master bedroom.

2235 Fairview Ave E Slip 16—including its spot on a co-op dock—is listed for $2.9 million through Seattle Afloat.

The interior of a houseboat. There is a sloped wooden ceiling and floor to ceiling windows. There is a red couch, table, and two chairs. On a wall in the foreground is a table with a houseplant in a planter.
Exposed gran on the ceiling, wall, and floor play off each other in the living room.
While minimalist at first glance, the living room includes details like a recessed reading nook and a lookout from the top floor.
A small dining area is visually separated from the living room with a ceiling drop—and defined by a large, round window.
A slightly-sunken guest bedroom is just off the living room.
The master bedroom has plenty of closet space and its own outdoor access.
A balcony off the master bedroom is nestled in the roof for extra shelter—and gets the ambiance of the cedar shingles.

2235 Fairview Ave E

2235 Fairview Avenue East, , WA 98102