Docked just by Gasworks Park on Lake Union, this little houseboat, called “Wildest Dream,” packs a lot of artistry into 432 square feet—starting right at the front door with a carved, sunburst relief. But its quirks don’t distract from its function, with clearly laid-out and efficient areas for cooking, eating, lounging, and sleeping alike, making use out of every bit of interior space.
From the dock, a small deck serves as kind of a stoop just before the well-equipped kitchen and dining area, with a classic, rounded, wood-beam ceiling and checkerboard tile. Peek above, and there’s a sleeping loft cleverly hidden in the curve of the ceiling—just above the bathroom.
But the space really opens up in the living room, which has the same curved ceilings, but is sunken to allow for 13-foot ceilings. Warm wood accents are a quintessential part of Seattle houseboat design, bringing to mind a classic wooden boat, and here, it shows up in not just the ceiling, but wainscoting and hardwood floors. From there, of course, there’s a back deck for lounging and looking out over Lake Union.
The floorplan is familiar to those who stare wistfully at houseboat listings a lot, but it comes without some of the sacrifices common to houseboats: It has a full bathroom complete with tub, the kitchen is fuller than some, and there’s more headroom than one can typically count on.
2401 N Northlake Way Slip F-4 is on the market for $349,000 through Special Agents Realty; fees on the leased slip are $730 a month.