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.