Guest Post by Rob Wachter Seattle houseboats, made famous by the film Sleepless in Seattle, could be the future of upscale living. Rainn Wilson, Seattleite and star of the hit TV series The Office, was born on a houseboat in the 1960s. The city may be a hundred feet away from these homes atop Lake Union, but living on a houseboat has a different feel than the urban pace of downtown high-rises. Many of these simple houses built on rafts have been transformed into million dollar homes, like this one. Since the 1930s, they’ve been home to respectable poor, rebellious Bohemian artists, college students and the wealthy. An exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) called Still Afloat: A Contemporary History of Seattle’s Floating Homes opened in June and is open through November 3, 2013.


Lindsay ListanskiLindsay is the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and is a licensed real estate agent.
Whether on the eastern or western side of Center City, Philadelphia, the homes on Delancey Street are known for being luxurious, lovely, and historical.
And, even though Tom Hanks only pretended to live there for the sake of the movie, he may have put Seattle houseboats on the map. Usually one-level, but sometimes as many as three, floating-home owners are a tight-knit community. The first homes belonged to workers in logging camps in the 1920s — the classic ones with round roofs and designed by people who made their living on the water.
One of Seattle’s many distinct neighborhoods, houseboats on Lake Union have a history as old as Seattle itself.


She was born and raised in New Jersey and just bought her first home in Livingston, where she grew up. When Lindsay isn’t busy facebooking, tweeting or instagramming she is enjoying life with her husband Joe and cat Rory.



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