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Tiny living just got even more attractive.

By Marisa Spyker

With Sleepless in Seattle celebrating its 25th anniversary this month (where does the time go!?), now seems like a good time to talk about the film’s unsung star—the Seattle houseboat. We’ve long been enamored of these floating beauties, once a solution to housing shortages and now a trendy alternative to its terrestrial counterparts.

Other than the obvious benefits—a peaceful lifestyle and views for days—houseboats have the added bonus of limited square footage (yes, bonus) so you can live your best life Marie Kondo-style with less.

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We’re in love with this beachy blue bungalow, tucked into a slip in a co-op community in Lake Union and standing at a modest 600 square feet. Built in 1920, the cottage oozes charm, from its vibrant shiplap siding and red front door to its light, bright interiors with vaulted and beamed ceilings, tiny porthole window above the living space, and wood-burning stove.

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The cottage comes with a full-size kitchen that opens up to a combo living/dining area with a sliding glass door, making indoor-outdoor living feel seamless. A small wraparound deck can fit a pair of chairs and a bistro table for pristine cocktail hours; during the days, we’d recommend getting out on foot or bike and exploring the city.

Related: This Tiny Floating Home in the Florida Keys Is Our New Dream Rental: 

Want to live like Sam Baldwin in Sleepless in Seattle? Snag this dream of a houseboat now for $625,000.

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