Seattle Lake Union Waterfront Real Estate
me to help you buy or sell your Lake Union waterfront home
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booklet that provides you answers and insights of the ins and outs of Seattle's
floating homes, house boats, and house barges:
You'd Like to Know More About Seattle's Homes on the Water:
To Frequently Asked Questions"
by Scott Price
Union is a wonderful urban waterfront lifestyle. It is the primary location for
Seattle's internationally famous floating homes and houseboats, which line the
shores of the lake and provide moorage for close knit and friendly communities
of people who share a love for not just waterfront, but water below. These homes,
barges, and liveaboard house boats provide an expressive palette for artists,
professionals, families, and retirees to all enjoy the immediate water access,
lakefront action, and city skyline views that Lake Union offers. Imagine walking
10 feet outside your door and going for an evening kayak paddle after work! Or
untying your sailboat from your home and joining in on the famous and wacky Duck
Dodge races. And if you don't have a sailboat, you can cheaply rent one at the
Center For Wooden Boats. If you don't have a kayak, there are two kayak rental
places. Restaurants and shops line the streets around the lake, and it is very
centrally located to many of the best that Seattle has to offer.
homes are unusual in many ways, including the fact that you don't own land (but
in many cases can own condominiumized moorage ownership, or otherwise lease dock
space). As a result, they require special financing; I know of a number of lenders
that have good programs with competitive rates, so no problems there. They also
have particular requirements for inspecting their underlying floats; I again know
several underwater inspection companies, so no problems there either! You also
need to be willing to park in a special area and walk down a dock to your front
door; everyone who lives on the lake loves the refreshing quick stroll though!
you're willing to have a little bit of motion under you (though the wave action
is generally not much in Lake Union), and if you're willing to have all of your
friends want to come and join you for the 4th of July fireworks show on the lake,
then give me a call and I'll make your "Sleepless In Seattle" dream
come true. If you do not require much living space, there are surprisingly affordable
small homes that fit most everyone's budget, and if you are looking for large
and well appointed homes, there are many amazing options there also.
Union is connected to Elliott Bay and Puget Sound via the Chittenden Locks, and
is connected to Lake Washington via Portage Bay. The connecting Ship Canal also
contains floating homes, in addition to a variety of land-based homes and condominiums,
so there are options for everyone seeking Seattle's urban waterfront experience!
Gallery of the local floating home / house boat community
Floating Homes Association
Center for Wooden Boats
County Lake Resources
King County Lake Union info
is the largest city in Washington state, located along the eastern shore of Puget
Sound on Elliott Bay. Seattle is a major deep water shipping port, a direct supplier
to Alaska, an expanding home base for advanced technology, and a primary trading
partner with Pacific Rim countries. Local employers include Microsoft, Boeing,
REI, Nordstrom, Weyerhaeuser, Eddie Bauer, Starbucks, and Amazon.com. Seattle
is home to medical facilities of worldwide renown, and excellent schools of higher
learning, including the University of Washington and its fine research facilities.
Established in 1851, Seattles population is now around 570,000 people. Population
of the greater metropolitan region exceeds 3,300,000.
Seattle is filled with vibrant experiences, elegant shops, magnificent new stores,
fine restaurants, art museums, live theater, performance halls, and all major
sports arenas. The red brick buildings of Pioneer Square historic district frame
its unique boutiques and galleries. Pike Place Market is renowned for its bustling
aisles of fresh produce, arts & crafts, colorfully displayed seafood, espresso
stands, and fragrant foods from around the world. Stairways lead to lower level
shops and on down to the import stores, restaurants, aquarium, ferry dock,tour
boats, horse drawn taxis and clanging streetcars along the waterfront.
and surrounding cities are served by a network of major freeways and arterials.
Local bus routes are enhanced with Park & Ride lots at major freeway interchanges
providing free parking, and express busses have frequently scheduled routes in
and out of town. Sea-Tac International Airport is located alongside I-5 halfway
between Seattle and Tacoma. The islands and peninsulas in and across Puget Sound
are served by the largest ferry system in the United States, with 25 vessels carrying
26 million annual passengers to 20 different ports of call.
has many defined neighborhoods that have very distinctive flavors of their own.
Fremont - "The Center of the Universe" - is an eclectic enclave of spirited
people and a fanciful arts scene. Magnolia has grand mansions with amazing views
that span city, water, and mountains. West Seattle and Alki Beach provide wonderful
Puget Sound view backdrops for rollerblading, beach walking, bicycling, and outside
dining. Belltown is known for its trendy urban lifestyle and "happening"
city lifestyle. Refined residential neighborhoods such as Laurelhurst, Madison
Park, Leschi, Mt. Baker, and others provide for many great neighborhoods to call
home. And up and coming neighborhoods in Beacon Hill, Central, Columbia City,
and Rainier Valley provide in-city homes at affordable values.
varies from contemporary condominiums and high-rise apartments downtown to the
older homes of in-city neighborhoods, generally built between 1900 and 1940. There
are unique colonies of houseboats on Lake Union and Interbay. The Pacific Northwest
is timber country; homes are primarily built of wood, with brick used as an accent
material. The hilly nature of our topography provides expansive views of water,
islands, the rugged Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and 14,410 ft Mt. Rainier.
Air conditioning is not typically needed in this mild climate.
Public Schools system provides a wide variety of schooling options for its
many diverse neighborhoods. Private and parochial schools also exist throughout
the city. The college scene is dominated by renowned University
of Washington, and it's huge number and breadth of programs has a lot to offer
both students and non-students alike. There are also many very good community,
technical, and associate degree colleges from which to choose.
Parks and Recreation
Parks system is truly exceptional and has been in the making for over a century.
Waterfront parks and scenic trails are available at the breathtaking Discovery
Park and Golden Gardens Park on Puget Sound, peaceful Magnuson Park and Seward
Park by Lake Washington, and small picnic parks on the downtown waterfront. The
famed Arboretum awaits anyone with an appreciation for trees, plants, and pleasant
strolls. Green Lake Park is a popular place for people to congregate, exercise,
or just have an ice cream cone in the summer. Neighborhood parks and p-patches
(community garden space for residents) are also within walking distance of many
homes throughout the city.