Floating Home in Seattle Makes a Splash

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For big pocket homebuyers who dream of life on the water, a Seattle floating home is an opportunity to make a splash.

The Aurora is a 4,850-square-foot residence on the shores of Lake Union. It’s on the market now for $ 3.95 million.

Named for the bridge it is parked under, it is the largest floating house on the freshwater lake.

“Nothing can match it, and at this size, it’s bigger than many of our normal single-family homes,” says Listing Agent Jay Kipp. “The city now regulates the size of floating properties and what can be built on the water.”

Currently, the maximum size allowed for new structures is roughly half the size of this lot. The city restricted the construction of new floating houses more than 30 years ago.

“The floating properties work in such a way that there are a limited number. To build one, you have to destroy one, ”explains Kipp. “There are just so many slip-ups on Lake Union. Even if someone had two slip-ups, they still couldn’t build something this massive if they wanted to. “

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Floating Home in Seattle Makes a SplashOutside

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The exterior of this floating home looks like a traditional three story house except that it is built on a metal hull instead of a concrete foundation. It was built off-site and then lifted into the water in 2012.

Sea legs aren’t essential to live in this house, says Kipp.

“It’s so stable that it doesn’t have the movement you would normally expect from a floating property with a smaller footprint,” he continues. “Even the largest ships in and out of Lake Union don’t really move them.”

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Just in case, the house has an aluminum skeleton to accommodate the whims of the water.

“This skeleton prevents any torque, so you won’t find cracks in the drywall, cracks in the wood, or anything that could be a potential risk. It’s built like a tank, ”says Kipp.

Unlike a houseboat, this floating house doesn’t have a propulsion system, so it basically stays where it is. It’s connected to the city’s power grid and a company pumps out rubbish on a regular basis.

“It feels like a normal house, and that’s remarkable,” says Kipp. “It doesn’t feel like a floating home.”

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Dining area

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This home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large living area, a kitchen area, and a home theater.

The design is based on The Gamble House in Pasadena, CA, an iconic American Craftsman-style house.

Inside, you’ll find six different types of wood that “stay true to traditional Craftsman architecture and designs,” says Kipp.

bedroom

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bedroom

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Main bathroom

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Two bedrooms and a bathroom are on the lowest level and the master bedroom is on the top level.

“It’s a bedroom with a small crow’s nest for reading, a full walk-in closet and then a five-part bathtub with a bathtub and shower,” says Kipp. “It’s all on the third floor, really a kind of retreat for owners.”

There are several decks for the outside area.

“The rooms unfold and open up to the large upper deck, and then it rolls to an even larger lower deck,” says Kipp. “This is kind of an entertainer’s paradise at the property.”

Since this house is at the end of the dock, it has expansive views on one side and is right next to another floating house on the other.

With a floating home purchase, buyers almost always understand what they are getting into.

“People don’t unintentionally land on floating properties,” explains Kipp. “It’s always a very conscious step. As a member of a community or a dock, each dock has its own personality. It’s really part of the whole equation. “

Kipp says this dock is in the coveted and eclectic area of ​​Fremont, which is close to a number of tech companies including Google, Tableau, Adobe, and Facebook.

And everyone who crosses the lake knows The Aurora.

“Many of us had seen it from the water because it was in the end position of the dock. It’s the only way into Lake Union and Lake Washington and part of the gateway to Puget Sound, ”explains Kipp. “I had seen it from the waterside and was always curious to see what it looks like inside. It’s just as impressive. It’s pretty remarkable and nothing like it. “

Theater room

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Inner

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Inner

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Dining area

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Outside

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