Why live by the water when you can live, literally, on top of it?

By Marisa Spyker
July 16, 2019
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Unless you’re prone to seasickness, there’s a good chance you’ve fantasized once or twice about trading in that landlubber lifestyle for a boat-bound future. What’s more romantic than falling asleep to the sound of the sea and the gentle rock of the waves, after all? But, of course, there’s a catch that makes this vision just a fleeting dream for most people: When you live aboard a floating vessel, you can generally expect some less-than-luxurious side effects (yes, you, teeny tiny galley kitchen).

Then along came the genius who invented floating homes, which are basically everything you’d want on land picked up and plopped right on the water—wildlife, water access, and soothing wave moment included. As both a practical solution to housing shortages and rising sea levels, floating homes have popped up everywhere from San Francisco to the Netherlands. And if you want in on this water-loving lifestyle, now’s your perfect chance.

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Perched at the end of a long dock in Seattle’s Lake Union, this modern shingled cottage is an “Oasis from the World” currently on the market for $2.75 million. Boasting panoramic city views, including a clear shot of the Space Needle, the two-story, 1,464-square-foot-house boasts an open design with large windows for taking in the sights from every angle.

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Inside, vaulted ceilings and loads of natural light make the main living areas (including the kitchen, dining and living rooms) feel especially spacious; a guest bedroom sits just off the living room, ready to host those frequent visitors. Upstairs, a sprawling master suite includes an office, bath, ample closet space, and private balcony.

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While your floating escape remains tethered to its prime plot of water, the platform it sits on is designed for getting out on the lake, with launch and dock space for kayaks, paddleboards, and boats. (If you’re brave enough to hop into the chilly Seattle water, there’s a ladder, too, for climbing back up.)

Ready to ditch the dirt and call this floating paradise your home? The Eastlake End-of-Dock Oasis is listed with Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group. See more photos below:

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