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360 Sq. Ft. Houseboat in Seattle, WA

Here’s a 360 sq. ft. houseboat studio with one full bathroom. This houseboat sold for $175,000 in Seattle, WA.

As you walk down the boardwalk where there are many other houseboats you’ll find this brightly colored floating studio. Through the front door, you will see there are lots of windows all around to bring in natural sunlight into the large spacious living room. The kitchen is off to your right side with plenty of cabinets for storage, a small oven, and mini-refrigerator. There’s also a fold-down table for dining. This is a great space-saving idea for small houses. Beyond the living area is the open bedroom and I believe the bathroom is off to the left, however not pictured here.

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360 Sq. Ft. Houseboat Cottage Seattle

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kitchen inside houseboat inside 360 sq. ft. houseboat

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  • Cahow
    July 9, 2015, 9:11 am

    Ah…~wipes away tear~ this sweetie reminds me of the boats in Amsterdam’s canals. ~sniff-sniff~ Good memories-happy memories of that time and that city.

    Fabulous layout and I’m mad for the elevated bed with massive storage drawers underneath. 😀 Blessings to the people who bought this gem and will be making many happy memories.

  • Bill Burgess
    July 9, 2015, 11:21 am

    I still can not figure out why a company does not use Park Model RV’s for the Houseboat application. I know many of my floor plans in this size seem more ergonomic and would be a bit less costly. I even think the floor plan and Lighthouse model of my last book would work very well. 4Fathoms Deigns has models and floor plans that would work well. I am now in Portlandia so I will ask around.

  • Lynnette
    July 9, 2015, 7:12 pm

    This is adorable. But please separate my sleeping quarters 😉 ♡♡♡

  • Susanne
    July 10, 2015, 1:12 pm

    Great for those who can afford it of course! My house cost less and it’s much larger.

  • LB
    July 11, 2015, 1:59 pm

    Hi Everybody, I’m new to the website. It’s a nice space but why so expensive. I’m sure I can get something much more bigger for that amount of money. I thought the whole idea for living small was the cost. Is the materials or is it because the dock is costly? Thanks for sharing.

    • Debra VS
      July 13, 2015, 12:43 pm

      The answer is its location. Seattle, WA is an expensive place to live and houseboats are no exception. By the way, the dock costs are in addition to the price of the houseboat.

    • Cahow
      July 13, 2015, 12:50 pm

      LB wrote: “I thought the whole idea for living small was the cost.”

      No, the “whole idea for living small” is living SMALL or reducing the amount of square footage that a person REALLY uses!

      Then, it’s up to that individual or family to decide how little or how much money they want to toss into the pot to create that tiny home. Some want to recycle material and be a D.I.Y.; some want to buy used; some want to buy “turn-key” ready.

      Some want ALL the luxuries of their larger size home with washer/dryers; dish washers; decks and high end finishes and appliances. Other’s want to collect rain water and use wood/solar for heating and a composting toilet.

      There are NO RULES for Tiny House Living…thank God…unless the zealots start creating them.

      Spend what you want and allow other’s to do the same.

      • Trish
        November 8, 2015, 1:51 am

        Great post, Cahow! A person who is hoosing to live in a tiny house may very well have several reasons. Cost/budget is definitely one of those. Others may include designing the customized space, being off-grid, downsizing material possessions, less area to clean thus more time to enjoy life.

      • Richard
        February 8, 2016, 11:24 am

        Does anybody know what happened to Cahow? I miss the good old days when I could rely on her witty comments on every TH posted.

      • Gabrielle Charest
        February 17, 2016, 4:47 am

        Thank you, Cahow, for saying what needs to be said.

    • Camille
      July 18, 2015, 6:01 am

      It’s so expensive because, thanks to a steady influx of rich techies to employers like Google and Amazon, Seattle is now expensive and short of property. These marinas and floating home communities are in the heart of the city, a city where the average home price is now over $500,000 and floating homes are often upwards of a million. Believe it or not, $175,000 is a steal by comparison!

  • Andrea Hardy
    August 5, 2015, 3:00 pm


  • Carol g
    October 21, 2015, 1:22 am

    They can be VERY cost effective to build, if you and your spouse work together with slightly used products. Check Craigslist under MATERIALS, keep your eyes open for free wood or pallets, and don’t forget HABITAT FOR HUMANITY outlet stores. Some have built their tiny homes for as little as $2,000!!! So don’t give up due to the cost?

  • paul
    November 13, 2015, 7:53 pm

    This story is a total fbrication.I live in Seattle and there is absolutely no way that this houseboat sold for $175k , a houseboat like this would be in the $800, 000 to $1,000,000 price range.The value is in the moorage, there is a very limited number of spots available to moor houseboat so thr only way this could sell for 175 is if it had no moorage which would make it virtually worthless and would need to be destroyed.

    • Lori
      January 26, 2016, 11:03 pm

      Paul, the only fabrication about the story looks like the price. A very large houseboat could most likely reach the prices you quote. However, my sister bought a 700 sq.ft. houseboat on Lake Union in Seattle a couple months ago in a very desireable area and the listing price was under $375,000. It is beautiful.

    • Lori
      January 27, 2016, 6:59 pm

      Paul, I did some searching and found the original listing:
      Mini Houseboat For Sale In Seattle (SOLD)
      Mary D just listed this cute 360 sq ft micro living Seattle houseboat (vessel) for sale right now! Just listed and absolutely perfect for simple living with flair. Walk to Ballard, bike to Fremont and cruise in your kayak.
      $175,000 / $315 dues + $175 liveaboard fee
      Studio and one full bath
      – so, it’s not a fabrication at all. The broker specializes in houseboats and has some really cool ones on the market.

  • Zachary e Mohrmann
    December 24, 2015, 7:11 pm

    I just got this again on my facebook page, and it is the second time in one week some one is trying to break my heart… As I said before these house boats are really beautiful to live on and could only wish to be able to have one again.. Some one sent me a pic of a house boat yesterday , and here again after I said only 3 days ago that every time I see a house boat it brings a tear to my eye as I no longer have my beautiful 48ft, sailboat the Blue Chip, and miss very much that it brings a tear to my eye every time I think of it… Don’t torture me please…! Unless you are putting me on to a leed of a beautiful I could own here on the east coast of Florida…! Even west coast I will float it to the east coast through the inland waterways back up the Indian river…!

  • Jan Snook
    February 5, 2016, 1:41 pm

    Beautiful home! Where does the sewage go? Just wondered if you get it pumped or take the house somewhere to dump or if it goes out in the water

    • Lori
      February 7, 2016, 9:53 pm

      Jan, the sewer is connected by pipe to city sewer on shore. Each houseboat is responsible to maintain their individual connections to the main shore connection, just like any house. The difference is that the pipes usually run under the main mooring dock. There are pipes for water, sewer, and power that go to each houseboat. Dues are collected just like condo or home association dues to maintain the infrastructure and main mooring dock.

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