One of the most iconic features of Lake Union is the array of floating homes and houseboats scattered along the shores of the lake. It’s a key part of our neighborhood’s real estate as well as its character. Here are a couple of floating homes on Lake Union that we wanted to highlight…


Dunn Residence

It’s not currently available to buy or rent, but the Dunn residence is one of several floating homes that were designed by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects, giving a snapshot into what living in one of these gorgeous homes might be like. The foundation is 24 feet by 44 feet, with a glass facade to let in tons of beautiful natural light from the lake. The main area has a lounge, kitchen, dining room and terrace, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms downstairs on the lower level.



A funky, older houseboat tells a totally different story about living on a Lake Union floating home. The Sugarshack is a historic, 200-square foot houseboat with a tiny living room (which hides a bathtub!), efficient kitchen, dining for three, compact bathroom with a mini shower and bedroom fitted with a queen-sized bed. The houseboat dates back to 1946, when it was used to haul garbage before it became a home. Atop this charming little houseboat is a rooftop deck that is accessed by two ladders, and a deck off of the bedroom.

Eastlake houseboat

Eastlake HOUSEboat

If you want to live in a floating home that feels more like a house than a boat, this Eastlake home is the trick. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom, an upgraded kitchen with high-end appliances, a fireplace, and French doors that open to a private deck. The master bathroom features a gigantic soaking tub and faceted French doors that connect it to the master bedroom.


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