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Waterfront Fantasy: 5 Floating Homes That Will Surely Float Your Boat

A new wave of floating homes might have you reevaluating your position in life. Who says you need to have your feet planted on the ground?

With their sleek modern lines and clever design, some of these beautiful and buoyant dwellings are so well-crafted that they’re difficult to distinguish from their land-based counterparts.

Another ripple you can’t help but notice is that the majority of these dwellings are located in one particular Pacific Northwest city. Even if you don’t plan to buy one of these beauties, perhaps a rewatch of “Sleepless in Seattle” is in order.

But before you cue up the movie, we’d love for you to sail along with us as we survey five beautiful floating homes on the market right now.

2821 Fairview Ave E Unit 7, Seattle, WA

Price: $3,850,000
Modern maritime miracle: More of a beach house than a houseboat, this luxe lair on Lake Union has posh accoutrements like Pedini cabinets, sandstone floors, a modern fireplace, and Miele appliances within its modest 2,000-square-foot layout.

The spacious decks are divine for soaking up the sun and enjoying alfresco dining. One even has a built-in grill. Inside, the two bedrooms and 2.5 baths are also the epitome of luxury.

And get this: This floating home comes with a boat for an owner to motor around Puget Sound. There’s also basement storage/laundry and additional studio space.

Seattle, WA

2401 N Northlake Way Unit L6, Seattle, WA

Price: $555,000
Shingles on the shore: Christened the Haida Bird, this 555-square-foot floating home features stained-glass windows, French doors, and a wood-beamed ceiling. There’s even a sliding barn door that makes the single bathroom private. Plus, there’s a cozy loft-type bedroom up a winding staircase.

It’s freshly painted and colorful inside. The exterior is defined by shingled walls and a gabled roof, giving the home the appearance of a woodcutter’s cabin.

Docked at a convenient location on Lake Union, it’s surprisingly close to downtown Seattle.

Seattle, WA

1805 W Lakeshore Dr Unit 1, Port Clinton, OH

Price: $169,900
Dainty deal: This is a different take on a floating home right next to Lake Erie. This diminutive dwelling has a deck on all four sides, including a fenced area for pets and a gazebo.

The 480 square feet of living space includes one bedroom and one bath. Even though it’s small, the kitchen has full-sized appliances. The furniture is included in the price.

The petite home sits in the Safe Harbor Lakefront marina, which offers deep-water lake access. The marina fees include access to a clubhouse with a bar, a game room, a pool, and organized events. It’s like condo life on the water.

Port Clinton, OH

2600 Fairview Ave E Slip 4, Seattle, WA

Price: $2,485,000
Dockside designer digs: This is as fancy as it gets—whether on land or sea. At 1,817 square feet, it’s spacious. The chic interior includes a great room, chef’s kitchen clad in granite and marble, and two bedrooms.

The rooftop deck offers views of the city shoreline, and the primary suite is equipped with a walk-in closet, gas stove, and private balcony.

At the waterline, this floating home has a deck where you can launch a kayak or boat. It even comes with two parking spaces and a garage with an electric vehicle charger and storage space.

Seattle, WA

240 Redwood Highway Frontage Rd, Mill Valley, CA

Price: $2,699,000
Floating fourplex: A miracle of modern times, this floating home is divided into four separate living units, each with its own kitchen, cedar deck, built-in platform bed, and bathroom with heated tile flooring. They offer views of San Francisco, Sausalito, and the Tiburon peninsula.

You might think that four studio units in a total of 2,000 square feet would be loud and tight, but built-in Sonos speakers combined with soundproofing construction (e.g., poured concrete subfloors and triple-insulated walls) make for surprising privacy.

Mill Valley, CA

Each unit was built for energy efficiency and has a low carbon footprint. Residents share rooftop solar panels. The listing notes there are climate-controlled storage units in the barge below the deck.

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