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Moorage on Seattle's Lake Union houses a large percentage of the area's boats. Because of the freshwater moorage and easy access to Lake Washington and Puget Sound, there are around 30 marinas from the ship canal to Lake Union, and Portage Bay. These range from commercial fishing marinas to houseboat and recreational vessel moorage.
Lake Union's shore is dominated by commercial spaces and marinas, so the number of waterfront homes with moorage is very limited. One of the most-likely places to find a home with additional moorage is in the floating homes along Fairview Ave in Eastlake, and across the lake on Westlake Ave. These floating homes live much like a regular single family home (permanent utilities and somewhat traditional house construction). At the same time, most have a dock and slip right off the side or front of the home that allows for a runabout or ski boat to be moored.
As for traditional single-family homes, there are a handful with their own waterfront docks on Lake Union. Their rarity makes them particularly valuable. Just outside of Lake Union's freshwater, a handful of homes along Ballard and Magnolia have docks on the canal, where the brackish water coming from the locks and the Sound is subject to tidal flows.
In Portage Bay, there are just a handful of houses with docks. Some of these homes are situated at the shoreline of a floating home marina, while others are standalone lots with traditional single-family shorelines. The South end of Portage Bay is the closest to traditional freshwater waterfront homes that you'll find in the greater Lake Union waterway.
Marinas/Moorage on Lake Union
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