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…

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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.

Sugarshack

Sugarshack

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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