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Special Agents Realty just debuted their Lake Union Living aerial video tour, with beautiful HD showcasing the floating homes and houseboat communities, area attractions and activities, notable businesses and restaurants on and around Lake Union.

The video is 9.5 minutes long, and starts with a Houseboat Tour before proceeding to point out all of the Floating Residence Communities:

  • Portage Bay
  • Seattle Marina
  • Gas Works Park Marina
  • Lee’s Mooring
  • Fremont Wharf
  • The Old Boathouse
  • Westlake (the video pinpoints the “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat)
  • Sun Marina
  • Eastlake
  • Hamlin Pier
  • Mallard Cove
  • Roanoke Reef
  • Allison Marina
  • Ward’s Cove
  • Tui Tui

Next, the video shows the top Activities & Attractions on and around the lake, such as: Outdoor Concerts at Gasworks Park, the Museum of History And Industry (MOHAI), Lake Union Park, Ride the Ducks, kayaking, kayak and paddle boat rental from Agua Verde, canoe and rowboat rentals at the Center for Wooden Boats, the Washington Park Arboretum, rowing clubs, sailing, athletic venues at the University of Washington, electric boat rentals, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, boat storage, pleasure boating, the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington, Seafair weekend, July 4th Lake Union fireworks, biking (and highlighted biking paths), and Lake Union seaplane terminals to fly to the islands around the Puget Sound and beyond.

Notable businesses featured in the video held no surprises. They were Amazon, Facebook, Adobe, Google, and Theo Chocolate. The video finished by highlighting some favorite local restaurants around the lake: Ivar’s, Chandler’s Crab House, Fremont Brewery, Daniel’s Broiler, Fremont Mischief Distillery.

All throughout the video, there are helpful map icons that pop up to show you where on the lake the communities, attractions, and businesses are located.

The video was designed by Enlim Productions for Special Agents Realty, and has been in production for the past four months.

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.


1231 5th Ave N (unit 202), Seattle

Just a few minutes from Lake Union this spacious one bedroom plus den condo is for rent in the coveted Le Parc condominiums. Over 1,100sf with lavish master bath, walk-in closet, fireplace, and terrace with stunning Downtown Skyline and Space Needle views. Prime Queen Anne location on a quiet street overlooking Bhy Kracke Park. Secure Parking included. No smoking, no pets.

Life at sea—but also on land— is possible in Seattle. Local houseboats provide the best of both worlds in some of the city’s most desirable locations. Unobstructed views and summertime havens are some of the biggest appeals of floating homes, not to mention the unparalleled uniqueness.

An amazing floating home on Lake Union is currently available at 10 East Roanoke Street 12. The house, built in 1982, has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, dining room, living room, and a solarium with garden space. Features include modern design elements, big windows, rooftop deck, air conditioning, two garage stalls and a sauna. This special home boasts breathtaking scenery and the largest floating deck in the complex. Views of Gas Works Park and the city skyline are extraordinary. The 1,562 square foot home is currently listed at $1,795,000. Click here for more information and details.

Experience the appeal of a floating home at the open house on Sunday, February 22nd, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity for an inside look at one of Seattle’s most iconic floating homes and the unique lifestyle it provides!

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The South Lake Union neighborhood continues to flourish with big-name companies, retailers, restaurants and housing, and national developer Equity Residential is getting in on it. The nation’s largest developer recently proposed a new 275-unit apartment complex to sit on Minor Ave. N. between John and Thomas Streets. The site, which is a half-block, is pending sale after being put on the market this year. Equity Residential has one other project at Lake Union on Dexter Avenue North. To see a full list of projects in Lake Union real estate and the greater Seattle area, please visit the official website.

This week, the Puget Sound Business Journal featured an Oldson Kundig Architects development, the Art Stable building in Lake Union. The award winning building opened in 2010, and pre-sold 4 of the 6 units. The only remaining unit in this Lake Union real estate project is the 3,983 square foot unit on the 6th floor, listed for sale at $2.19 million. The unit is a shell, which means it is completely unfinished. For more information, see the article at the PSBJ website or the listing, here.

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