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4.4 / 5Excellent
15 reviews


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  • Outdoor Space


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Seattle Center
    3 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Museum of Pop Culture
    3 min drive
  • Restaurant
    Boathouse Deli
    1 min walk
  • Restaurant
    China Harbor
    3 min walk
  • Airport
    Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.)
    22 min drive

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    About this area


    Located in Seattle, this houseboat is in the city center and on a lake. Seattle Waterfront and Pike Place Market are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Pioneer Square and Lake Union. Seattle Aquarium and Seattle Great Wheel are not to be missed. Our guests appreciate the houseboat's quiet location.

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    Popular Location

    What's nearby

    • Seattle Center - 3 min drive
    • Museum of Pop Culture - 3 min drive
    • Space Needle - 4 min drive
    • Chihuly Garden and Glass - 4 min drive
    • Seattle Paramount Theatre - 4 min drive

    Getting around

    • King Street Station - 14 min drive
    • Lake Union Park Station - 16 min walk
    • Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.) - 25 min drive


    • Boathouse Deli - 1 min walk
    • China Harbor - 3 min walk
    • Electric Boat Cafe - 3 min walk
    • Pasta Freska - 4 min walk
    • The Toledo - 7 min walk

    About this property

    Jicama Houseboat on Lake Union

    Historic Seattle houseboat in Westlake, walk to Lake Union
    The Space This houseboat is comfortable place with all you will need - no amenity lost. Full kitchen, living space with sleeper sofa and table, bathroom with hot shower and functioning toilet, wall heaters for cozy nights, 2 double size beds, and a double sleeper sofa. Comfortably accommodates 6 people. As for living on a boat, there is little like it, and I suggest you try it out. You might be looking at some shwanky pad as well, and that would be great, but this is a cool experience, a piece of Seattle history you should wear for a few days when you can. It's an opportunity to be around the mayhem that is water life during the day, and the peace and tranquility that floating can be at night. - 2 double beds - 1 full size sleeper sofa - 1 full size blow up mattress and sheets available - Sleeps 6 on the above furniture pieces - 6 total overnight guests allowed - Full kitchen (refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, coffee maker, kitchen essentials) - Heated (3 wall heaters) - Washer-dryer - Full bathroom (shower, toilet, sink) - Wireless Internet - Kid Friendly - Indoor and outdoor breakfast/eating nook - Deck and roof lounge area - Propane BBQ - Parking out front the marina office building at a cost of $1 per hour. Weekdays, it is free before 9 am and after 4 pm. Weekends are free as well. Note: due to guest parking passes being taken by guests repeatedly, they are no longer available. - 3 kayaks - first come, first serve. No reservations available. Guest Access You will have access to the place all yourself. I will have shower items for you, towels, sheets, etc. Access to the boat is via a self-checkin process. All access and reservation instructions will be included in the confirmation page after booking. Interaction with Guests Just a phone call away for whatever you need. The Neighborhood The area sits conveniently close to downtown Seattle and tucked between Fremont and Ballard. For those checking out the city, this is a great location. For those on business, also super convenient and comfortable. The closest grocery store is about a mile away in Fremont (PCC) so keep that in mind. Other Things to Note - It's important to know that this is a boat and not a house, and that's its charm. While it does have everything you will need, its not like living in a house - doors are smaller, toilets are funny, stairs are steep, and sometimes the boat rocks. - The ceiling height is not standard, max 7', plus there are a few smaller accesses to different parts of the house. If you are very tall, you may find this irritating. The stairs to the 2nd floor are steep and narrow as well. If you have physical difficulties, this may not be the best match. - On occasion the toilet holding tank does get filled and it unable to be pumped on weekends. There are bathrooms at the marina for use, which I encourage. I will not offer any refunds if the holding tank does fill and is unable to be pumped. Of course, we will do our best, but there are limitations. - I have 3 kayaks available first come, first serve. - There is a little cafe at the marina which does has WIFI, coffee, beer, wine. It is not open weekends. - You will also receive full check-in instructions and the house manual before your arrival. Departure Upon your departure please complete the following tasks: ▪ Place bed sheets and used towels on top of the bed ▪ Turn off all heating elements ▪ Load the dishwasher and start it to run ▪ Close and lock all windows and doors ▪ Wipe surfaces ▪ Empty the refrigerator and freezer of any personal items ▪ Collect trash and recycling and leave on the boat ▪ Leave the boat and marina keys in the key box on the gate, relock the box Rutabaga Houseboat Rules Occupancy • Please do not wander the docks and pear or peak into other boats. • Children - Must be kept at close attention at all times • Guests - Only 2 guests are permitted on Rutabaga Houseboat during the day time, beyond the 6 maximum registered guests. • Pets - Pets are not allowed. Parties No social gatherings are allowed. Any gatherings will disturb neighbors and violate marina rules. If guest is found to be hosting any type of social gathering, eviction will occur, and a charge equal to the amount of the security deposit will be applied. No Smoking No smoking is allowed in the houseboat or marina area. You may smoke outside in the marina parking lot, at least 20 feet away from open windows or doors. Please dispose of cigarette butts in trash cans. • Smoking Fee - $250 Shoes Please take off your shoes when entering. Normal wear and tear on the floor surfaces is expected, but if there is excessive dirt, stains or spills you will be charged additional cleaning and/or repair fees. Behavior Inappropriate behavior such as loud and/or vulgar language and/or drunkenness is strictly prohibited. If guest is found to be engaging in inappropriate behavior eviction will occur, and a charge equal to the amount of the security deposit will be applied. Security deposit and remaining room and tax will also be forfeited. Utilities Turn off lights, television and heaters when not in use. Damage Do not intentionally destroy, deface, impair or remove any part of the property, equipment, furniture or furnishings. Compensation will be sought for damaged or missing items. Trespassing All homes, houseboats, and boats in the marina are private property. Please stay on walking paths, paved roads and roadsides. Garbage All garbage is to be bagged and placed in the outside garbage bin behind the marina office. Please limit to one bag of garbage per day. Any garbage exceeding this amount must be disposed of elsewhere. Housekeeping The property will be cleaned after departure. Tenant is responsible for any additional housekeeping charges due to carelessness, obscene conditions, failure to return furniture in original position, not following check- out instructions and/or pets. Additional Housekeeping Fee – as required; minimum $150. Pets and Animals Pets - Pets are not allowed on Rutabaga Houseboat. If guest is found to have violated this room, immediate eviction will occur. A charge equal to the amount of the security deposit will be applied. NO EXCEPTIONS. Cleaning DO NOT use any products other than water and soap to remove a stain because certain products will stain the carpets. Refunds No refunds will be given due to inclement weather or malfunctions in equipment (heaters, electricity shut off, water shut off, stove, WiFi). Waterworks Marina Rules Jicama Houseboat is moored on the premises of Waterworks Offices and Marina, below are the marina rules that must be adhered to: 1. Respect the privacy of all other tenants on the Marina. No one is allowed to wander the docks. 2. Alcohol may only be consumed on the vessel. There is to be no alcohol on the docks. 3. Noise complaints from any source may result in immediate termination of your stay. 4. Put absolutely nothing into the lake. No garbage. No food. No liquids. 5. Smoking is not permitted in the marina. 6. Fires and fireworks are not permitted in the marina. 7. All garbage is to be bagged and placed in the outside garbage bin behind the marina office. 8. Bathroom and garbage facilities are available at the marina. Should guests damage any portion of these premises, guest will be held financially liable for all repairs. 9. No signs may be posted on any property or lot. 10. Any violation of applicable laws may result in immediate termination of your stay. Any violation of applicable laws may result in immediate termination of your stay. Please be aware that each violation of any of these rules, or other rules outlined elsewhere, will result in a minimum fine of $200 per incident.
    Guest accommodations at this houseboat offer coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas.
    The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire house boat to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

    Property manager

    Emma Halenko

    Speaks English

    Property amenities


    Internet access

    Parking and transportation

    Onsite parking


    Coffee/tea maker


    1 bedroom
    Bed sheets provided


    1 bathroom
    Towels provided

    Living spaces

    Dining room

    Outdoor areas





    No pets allowed


    Smoke-free property

    Services and conveniences

    Iron/ironing board

    Location highlights

    On the lake
    In the city center

    Things to do

    Bicycle rentals on site


    Sleeps 6
    Unit size: 525 sq ft (49 sq m)



    Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM


    Check-out before 11:00 AM

    Special check-in instructions

    • Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


    • Pets not allowed

    Children and extra beds

    • Children are welcome.

    Property payment types


    Important information

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
      Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Property is also known as

    • Jicama Houseboat Lake Union Seattle
    • Jicama Lake Union Seattle
    • Jicama Lake Union
    • Jicama On Lake Union Seattle
    • Jicama Houseboat on Lake Union Seattle
    • Jicama Houseboat on Lake Union Houseboat
    • Jicama Houseboat on Lake Union Houseboat Seattle

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    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor

    4/5 Good

      Perfect fit for our family

      Enjoyed sitting on the back deck and watching Seattle life go by. Rowing teams, sailboats and water planes landing and taking off. A great addition to our trip.

      4/5 Good

        Overall Pretty Great!

        Jicama is a great boat in an awesome area and dock. We had a blast. We were 2 best friends and the size was perfect for us. More than 2 might feel like a crowd, depends on what you are used to. This is a really great boat that is really easy to maintain. We refilled the water tank and had an electricity outage, all of which our host quickly and easily walked us through. Success! I would def return, but if I could “fix” anything, I would do a few updates. It is a clean boat. But it could be super nice with a little elbow grease. A magic sponge to walls and non usually “touched” areas could use a good cleaning. Smudges and scuffs, broken laminate on the counters, loose base boards, etc could use some tlc. Again, nothing bad and our experience and host were top notch! Just a simple couple of suggestions :) excited to come back! Even in a wind storm!

        5/5 Excellent

          Fantastic stay!

          We had a fantastic stay on the Jicama Houseboat. It was a great location-beautiful views. Marina was quiet and everyone was very pleasant. The house was so fun-I would recommend to anyone.

          4/5 Good

            Awesome place to stay, with a few considerations

            This was an awesome place to stay in Seattle for my family of four. We loved the location, and the houseboat itself was super cool. We loved to kayak, fish off the dock, grill on the deck, and just chill. It was a great combination of outdoor relaxation with urban proximity. Having said all that, here's what keeps this from being 5-star: cleanliness was passable but not hotel quality; no washcloths (a pet peeve of mine with VRBO properties); and the bed loft area had no window coverings. Now, the open windows in the sleeping area provided an incredible view and wonderful fresh air flow, but you'd better be an early riser in the summer, because at 6:00 am the sun was blasting me in the eyes. There are window coverings that would keep the open benefits while mitigating the drawbacks. All in all, with your own washcloths and sleep masks packed, this sweet houseboat is a fantastic place to stay in Seattle.

            5/5 Excellent

              Cute little house boat

              Fun little place to stay! Museum of History and Industry close by- it is a gem!

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