A dozen Eastlake floating homes featured in Sept. 9 tour

UPDATE: This event is now sold out.

ORIGINAL POST: If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to live on a houseboat you’ll be able to find out during the annual Seattle Floating Homes Tour from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.

The event will feature 12 floating homes on the Eastlake side of Lake Union. Tickets are $25 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets. The event usually sells out so early purchase is recommended. Tickets include electric shuttle boat service between each end of the tour. You can also walk to each home and do the tour in any order. 


The event benefits the Floating Homes Association, which is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

Among the houseboats on the tour will be one of the new homes at Wards Cove. This house features a sod roof (see photo), solar auxiliary power storage and a hollow cement float that acts as a control room and laundry area.

Participants in the tour will also be able to visit the Eastlake P-Patch and the historical display at Wards Cove, the former headquarters of an Alaska seafood business.

There will be restrooms available for tour participants. There will also be free espresso as well as food and drinks for purchase. Wear comfortable slip-on shoes, tour organizers say. There are stairs and uneven surfaces. You’ll be asked to either remove your shoes or put on slippers in the homes.

Need more information? Check out the Floating Homes Tour’s Facebook page or email melissa@lakere.com. You can also take a video preview of the tour.