For more than 100 years, floating homes have helped define Seattle’s social culture and maintain its reputation as a place where unconventional modes of living are enjoyed. The thriving houseboat colony on Lake Union, made famous in the 1993 film Sleepless In Seattle, attests to the continuing desirability of this unique lifestyle.
House boats have come a long way since their inception as affordable alternatives to traditional homes and vacation rentals. Currently there is a floating home available for $3.2 million dollars, however most sell for well under that. In the past six months, there have been 21 floating home sales with a median sale price of $635,000. Pack lightly however, those same 21 homes average a tidy 777 square feet. For those who love them, they wouldn’t live anywhere else, but bring your sea legs. Life on the water isn’t everyone’s cup of chowder.