Loft bedroomFront "Hobbit" door
Charming Floating Home~Bikes~Kayaks~WiFi
Charming Floating Home~Bikes~Kayaks~WiFi

Entire home/flat

2 guests


1 bed

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Enjoy the tranquility of this floating home in the heart of the city. Hop on bikes and ride along the new Westlake bike and walking trail to explore the city and get between Fremont, Downtown and over to South Lake Union. Grab kayaks & paddle to a nearby restaurants and explore. Close to Fremont, Downtown, Ballard, South Lake Union and more.

The space

Escape aboard this absolutely charming studio house barge with queen sleeping loft, whimsical leaded stained glass windows throughout, hobbit door, perfect sized kitchen with 3/4 bath and comfortable layout. Experience this vibrant friendly unique floating home community on Lake Union. The calming water experience, comfortable cozy space, along with quick access to all the lakes adventures, including an excellent internet connection, make this home an adventurers paradise and a great place for artists, writers, readers and more to be inspired to let your creative spirit flow.
Let the gentle rocking of the water lull you to sleep and remind you that you are on one of Seattle's coveted houseboats!

Private floating home with queen size bed loft, couch that folds out, kitchen and 3/4 bath. The footprint of the home is only about 26'x10' with clever lofts and hidden storage areas to provide everything you need in a "tiny home". The closet on board is (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)" and there is a very large dresser as well.

Guests have private use of the house barge during their stay. We provide a binder of suggestions, information and nearby recommendations. We also love Seattle and encourage our guests to contact us for tours or additional information during their stay.

Easy to get around on the Westlake Trail. Either walk, jog or bike along this city wide trail. Two bikes are provided for use during your stay. Better yet, hop on some kayaks, and enjoy a restaurant around the canal or lake. Bus lines run nearby as well. Also, very popular in the neighborhood are zip cars and cars2go.

Guest access

Guests will have a private studio with a 1 bedroom loft and 1 bath home floating on Lake Union. There is a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom.
In addition to the full home, guests also have access to a larger bathroom on shore (no shower).  
We have two bikes and 2 kayaks available for use during your stay (they are what they . Please let us know if you are interested in using either of these because they are not always left on the property. 
Parking can be tight during the day but with patience (and the fact that it is a very long parking lot) spaces can always be found. After 4pm, parking is free and spots are much more available. Consider public transportation and walking as the location is perfect for a 20 minute walk to Seattle Center or a 10 minute walk to South Lake Union with all of it's excellent options and trolley to the Westlake area and Pike Place Market. The beloved Fremont is just a half mile in the other direction and packed with tons of art, shops, amazing restaurants, parks and other fun things to do!

Interaction with guests

Guests have private use of the floating home during their stay. We provide a binder of additional info regarding living on the water as this home may have some things that are unfamiliar. We also provide suggestions, information and nearby recommendations. We also love Seattle and encourage our guests to contact us for tours or additional information during their stay. We prefer to meet you upon arrival for a brief tour and intro to the home and marina but are also able to do this remotely if you prefer or if it doesn't work for us to meet due to your arrival time. If there are ever any questions or things you need during your stay, don't hesitate to contact us!

Other things to note

Living on the water is a Eco Conscious experience. Most people living in these communities love living on the water and enjoy the nature that comes with it. Please keep in mind that anything dropped or that may blow away goes directly into our water and eco system. Also, the drains from the sink and showers go directly into the lake. We hope that you will care about keeping our lake clean just as we do. Eco friendly dish soaps, hand soaps, body soap, face soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided. If you plan to bring your own products, please make sure that they are safe for the late or that they don't go down the drain. Be aware of what you rinse down the drain and avoid chemicals or heavy oils. There are bathrooms at the Marina that are plumbed and don't go directly into our lake if you need to rinse something that shouldn't go into the Lake.
Absolutely no pets are permitted in the listing. The fine for bringing any pet on the property with out prior written approval starts at $200. The marina management has ultimate authority to disapprove a pet from the marina and this home currently hasn't been approved with management to allow pets.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 1
Property type: Other
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 67
Security Deposit: 237
Weekly Discount: 8%
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 double bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)

Follow all rules posted at the Marina. Please keep in mind that you are personal guest of "Amelia Matera". All of the neighbors are super friendly and welcoming of my guests. Please keep in mind that your behavior is reflective on me and my ability to continue to live at this marina so it is very important to me.
Please make sure you treat my charming home as your own and are a environmentally conscious lake resident. I will try to go over things with you personally but would also require that you read the home info provided in the binder on board. It is important that all products being used in the shower and sink are lake friendly. Also, please consider that the septic system is extremely sensitive and being used carefully by not putting ANYTHING down the head except a little TP and being sure not to overflow the tank. Think boat living! 
- Shoes free please
- Quiet hours 9:30pm-8am

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - There are 3 stairs to get into the home, a ladder to get to the loft and a couple steps up to the bathroom.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

4 nights minimum stay

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David User Profile
June 2017
Great place, if you're prepared to accept a smaller living space, the general location and amenities are still great value for money!

Ralph User Profile
June 2017
I had wanted to stay both in a tiny house and a floating house as well. This was both. Since this was a mid week stay and was also not great weather, it was very quiet. I was there on business, so I didn't spend much time there, but I slept very well, maybe due to the gentle rocking. It was as pictured.

Samuel User Profile
April 2017
The house boat rocked! Perfect location, with access to the bus to downtown. Downtown views, and quiet neighbors. It was quite enjoyable being rocked to sleep each night. This will be my go-to place to stay whenever I'm in seattle.

David User Profile
February 2016
Amelia's houseboat was super swag! The space is well cared for, comfortable, and surprisingly roomy for a small studio boat. I never met Amelia, but she was delighted to assist when I contacted her. Also, she provided a comprehensive guide of houseboat and the area. House living is delightfully different on a boat in all sorts of ways! Be prepared for cold winters and hot summers, smokey cooking, and pump toilets. Amelia provides plenty of amenities that address everything. Either way, prepare for an adventure!

Simon User Profile
January 2016
The houseboat is cute and cozy with all the essentials. The marina has plenty of parking and the neighbors were really friendly. I really enjoyed the location right off the ship canal bike trail, and walking distance to Ballard and Fremont. I'm sure it'd be awesome to stay here in the summer when it'd be better to hang out outside and make use of the kayaks.

Allison User Profile
May 2015
Great stay! Amelia was easy to get ahold of with questions and the boat was very comfortable.

Terry User Profile
January 2015
It was fun staying on the House Barge, I just wish I had chosen a better time during the year so that I could have taken advantage of using the Kayaks. The place was cozy and well furnished. Big plus for me was that I never struggled to find parking in the marina's lot even though spots are unassigned. The location was great as it allowed me to explore Ballard, Fremont, and Wallingford neighborhoods. Amelia was quick to respond to needs and questions that came up during my stay.

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Amelia & Suzi User ProfileAmelia & Suzi is a superhost.

Amelia & Suzi~Daughter & Mom Team~Best Friends~We are true Seattleites at heart! We LOVE our city, live in the most beautiful areas in Seattle at Lake Union, Greenlake, & Ballard. We are born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest. We love the water, the nearby islands (Lopez & Vachon & all of the San Juans), the mountains, the fresh ocean air, running around Greenlake, swimming at the Greenlake pool, biking on the Ship Canal Trail, First Thursday Adventure Runs, Core power hot yoga, biking the Burke Gilman trail and through out city...gazing at the snow capped mountains. Seattle is a beautiful place to explore!

As your hosts, we love to assist in any way that will make your trip the best. We have private homes, floating homes and private Master bedrooms in shared homes. We are social, friendly and super handy to assist with your trip if you reach out to us. Otherwise, we provide the things you need and a custom binder of our area insights to set you on your way to a great visit in Seattle.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 90%
Response time: within a few hours
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.
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