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Modern, shingled houseboat asks $519K in Wallingford

This home combines classic and contemporary design

A two level houseboats sitting next to a dock on a body of water. The exterior wall of the boat is painted blue. The exterior back wall of the boat has wooden siding.
Cedar and metal combine for a look that’s both distinctly modern and classically houseboat.
Courtesy of Special Agents Realty

In the cluster of houseboats by Gas Works Park in Wallingford, this two-story home, built in 2014, is distinctly modern, but with many hallmarks of the classic houseboat aesthetic. Like many a home built in recent years, metal lines the side of the boat, but cedar shingles on either side keep a beachy aesthetic. Aft, the home has a modern, boxy look, but a rounded bow—with curved decks to match—keeps things boaty.

At 606 square feet, it’s on the larger side for a houseboat, with a design that keeps spaces open to maximize its size. A great room on the lower level includes a kitchen nestled in the bow. A living and dining room has sliding-glass doors to a back deck for natural light, swim-ladder access, and an easy path to the roof deck.

Upstairs, a big, open bedroom has space for an office and laundry, plus one of two bathrooms—one per level. This level has its own balconies fore and aft, too.

Of course, the highlight of many a houseboat is the roof deck, and here, the huge, flat roof that comes with that angular design makes for a dramatic one. In addition to the big Lake Union views, it has a grill and a sink up here for maximum barbecue capability, plus plenty of seating for your closest friends (and a blue heron we’re told occasionally comes to visit).

2401 N Northlake Way, aka “Oh What a Day,” is listed for $519,000 through Special Agents Realty. Slip rent is $730.

The living room opens right up to the back deck for that indoor-outdoor vibe.
Compact stainless-steel appliances save space in the kitchen.
Rounded decks at the cedar-shingled bow look out on Lake Union.
A curved staircase creates additional storage underneath.
The rounded bow creates bay windows on both stories—including one in the bedroom.
A large roof deck is optimized for barbecues.

2401 N Northlake Way

2401 North Northlake Way, , WA 98103

Lake Union

, , WA