A Jewel Box Floating Home on Seattle’s Lake Union Lists for $3.5M

A Jewel Box Floating Home on Seattle’s Lake Union Lists for $3.5M

By Kathryn M.
Vandeventer + Carlander used an inverted floor plan to fit in multiple outdoor spaces and a bedroom overlooking the water’s edge.

One of Seattle’s coveted floating homes is now up for grabs on Lake Union, with a choice waterfront position and unobstructed views of Gas Works Park. Designed by local architecture firm Vandeventer + Carlander, the structure makes the most of its location with a glass-fronted facade, as well as east- and west-facing terraces.

Completed in 2016, this contemporary floating home on Seattle’s Lake Union was recently listed for sale. At nighttime, illuminated panels of channel glass define a corner of the facade, which is also clad in teak slats and low-maintenance ceramic panels.

The translucent channel glass illuminates the entryway with an abundance of natural light. A cantilevered staircase leads up to the living areas, while a hallway (not pictured) leads to the home’s bedrooms on this level.

The rectangular, two-story home is set on a concrete float that measures 24 feet wide by 44 feet long, and it has just over 1,600 square feet of interior space. Upstairs, a single open room contains the kitchen, as well as the living and dining areas—which connect to the two terraces via folding glass doors.

The home’s two bedrooms and two full bathrooms are located on the lower level. Rift-cut white oak floors run throughout the interior, as does built-in cabinetry made of white oak and afromosia, an African hardwood. 

A wall of afromosia cabinetry runs along one side of the upper level, providing ample storage for both the kitchen and dining area. Wood slats define the ceiling above the kitchen island and adjacent living area, while folding glass doors open onto the terraces.

Full-height windows in the dining area look out over the lake, offering views of Gas Works Park and the Aurora Bridge in the distance.

More folding glass doors open the dining and living area to the west-facing terrace. Operable teak screens create privacy along one side the outdoor space, while an open end maximizes sunlight and views.

The home is currently docked at Roanoke Reef Marina in Eastlake, providing convenient access to the city and the surrounding neighborhood. Community amenities include gated access, a covered parking area, and additional off-site storage.

Quarterly HOA dues cover water, gas, and sewage fees, as well as general community maintenance. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $3,500,000.

Another view of the dining area looks back toward the kitchen, living area, and second terrace.

The east-facing terrace also provides access to the roof deck.

The living area features a diffused glass wall to provide privacy from neighbors. Built-in cabinetry adds additional storage along both sides of a fireplace.

Downstairs, the principal suite faces the lake and provides direct access to a swimming platform outside.

The adjacent bathroom offers a double vanity, large shower, and soaking tub.

The principal suite comes with a built-in workspace in one corner.

A rear view of the home shows a platform running along the lower level, providing opportunities for swimming or for mooring a small boat alongside the structure.

A small rooftop deck offers the best views in the house.

The home is docked at Roanoke Reef Marina, a floating community located along the eastern side of Lake Union, directly across from downtown Seattle.

10 E Roanoke St Unit #3 in Seattle, Washington, is currently listed for $3,500,000 by Enrico Pozzo & Danny Varona of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Vandeventer + Carlander Architects

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