Sunday, September 9th, 2018 – Noon to 5 p.m. 

Ticket Brochures containing the Tour map and house descriptions have been mailed out to all those that requested it. All remaining purchases after September 1 will be available at will-call. Any out of state addresses can pick up their brochures at Will Call, at the ticket tent in the parking lot across the street from 2025 Fairview Ave. E. (between E. Boston and E. Newton), on the day of the tour beginning at 11:00 am.

The Seattle Floating Homes Association is pleased to be hosting the ‘Eclectic Eastlake’ 2018 Floating Homes tour! On Sunday September 9, from noon until 5, a dozen specially selected homes will be available for viewing from 2017 Fairview up to Mallard Cove at 2600 Fairview. You will come away with an appreciation of why Seattle’s floating home owners cherish their lifestyle and why they have become known as the  “Stewards of the Lake” as they protect the nature and animal habitat of the docks, homes and surrounding foliage the owners care for and provide.  Nowhere else in the world will you find the coexistence of wildlife and city life blending so harmoniously. We look forward to having you as our guest! Parking is available in the lots south of E Newton on Fairview Ave E, on side streets throughout the neighborhood, and at the Blue Ribbon Cooking School at the north end. Food, dessert and coffee trucks will be on hand for guests, and a bus will be circulating throughout the afternoon at several spots along the route.

Tour tickets are available while stocks last at Brown Paper Tickets. Ticket price is $55. Capacity is limited so advance purchase is highly recommended. This is a self guided walking tour with stairs, uneven pavement and over water docks. Everyone who wants to participate in the tour will need a ticket, except babes in arms. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Seattle Floating Homes Association and its mission to protect, preserve and promote the vitality of Seattle’s historic floating homes community through education, advocacy, environmental stewardship and collaboration. Follow us on our FHA Facebook Page for updates. Please email contact@seattlefloatinghomes.org if you have any questions.

Sponsored by Aqua Dive Services, Boat Insurance, G Little Construction, Lake and Company Real Estate, Pacific Crest Savings Bank, Peter Rogerson, Red Shield Insurance, Seattle Afloat, Sound Community Bank, and Special Agents Realty.

Tour Details

The tour features 12 homes exclusively on Eastlake, as well as Keasler Cottage and Terry Pettus Park. Admission price includes bus shuttle transportation along Fairview Ave E. This is a self-guided walking tour. The tour includes stairs and uneven docks. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Participants will be required to remove their shoes or put on paper slippers over their shoes; slippers will be provided. No backpacks, strollers, food or drinks are allowed in the homes. The tour will take place rain or shine, and participants of all ages will be required to have a ticket, with the exception of babies in arms. Food and coffee will be available for purchase.

About the Homes

The floating homes we are featuring on Eastlake this year reflect the wide variety of floating homes available on Lake Union, being both old and new, large and small. Visitors on the Seattle FHA tour will also experience a wide variety of color palettes, personal styles and international artifacts! Then there’s the residents themselves, ranging from those who have lived aboard their ‘floating on water residences’ since the early seventies when they were students at the University, to those who recently arrived from the Eastside suburbs, having left as soon as they became empty-nesters. Be sure to stop off at Keasler Cottage, and pay a visit to Terry Pettus park, finding out how they came by their names in the process, and you will have gained unique insight into the lifestyle of those lucky enough to enjoy life afloat in Eclectic Eastlake.

About the Seattle Floating Home Community

The Seattle Floating Home community represents a unique way of life, balancing urban living with nature.  The community began as low-cost housing for loggers, fisherman and boat builders working on the lake and became a colorful gathering of bootleggers and dime-a-dance halls during the Prohibition Era. As the Great Depression arrived, the community attracted the independent and resourceful homeless looking for a place to survive.  Eventually it evolved to a community of artists, students and a more bohemian culture with over 2000 rag-tag floating shacks in the 1960’s.  The community now holds only 500 floating homes and attracts a diverse group of water-lovers who cherish a life in natural habitat and protect it as stewards of the lake.  Today, the docks also provide a sanctuary for wildlife such as beaver, otters, eagles and blue herons that are no longer found in other metropolitan areas of this size.  It is a special habitat where people and wildlife co-exist peacefully in the middle of a major city, a badge of honor that Seattle proudly wears.

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