Houseboats come in all shapes and most sizes, but they really stand out when they’re tiny and a little offbeat. After all, living on top of the lake attracts a creative-minded person that’s okay with making a few lifestyle adjustments—so why not get weird with it?
This one, called “Sugar Shack,” was built in 1946 has a classic brand of quirky packed into just 200 square feet. A full-height entrance leads to a semi-below-deck living room and kitchen, separated by a keyhole-shaped arch.
At this size, houseboats will sometimes come with most of their furniture built in, anchoring everything down and optimizing the layout for square footage. In this case, the built-ins even hide some modular surprises. In the living area, there’s a built-in sectional, coffee table, and side table—plus a hidden bathtub. The kitchen even features a little built-in dinette booth nestled by a hinge-awning window, which converts to a queen bed, motor-home style, for extra guests.
There’s a permanent built-in queen-sized bed, too—it’s on the way back up to the surface and the front deck, one of a few outdoor lounging spaces on this vessel, along with two roof decks.
1818 Westlake Avenue N Slip D-22—on the closest houseboat dock to South Lake Union—is listed for $199,000 through Special Agents Realty.