Relaxing & Picturesque Houseboat Living at the center of Seattle's Waterfront

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1 bedroom, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
Living Room
1 bedroom, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
Living Room
1 bedroom, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Relaxing & Picturesque Houseboat Living at the center of Seattle's Waterfront

Entire home

Relaxing & Picturesque Houseboat Living at the center of Seattle's Waterfront

4.2/5 Very Good

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue grill
Seattle, WA

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationAmazon Corporate Headquarters3 min drive
  • Popular LocationFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center3 min drive
  • Popular LocationBill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center3 min drive
  • AirportSeattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.)22 min drive

Space details

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6
525 sq ft
Bathroom 1
    Bathtub/shower combo

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About this area


This vacation home is located in Westlake, a neighborhood in Seattle, and is in the city center and on the waterfront. Pike Place Market and Moore Theater are notable landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Seattle Waterfront and Seattle Cruise Ship Terminal 91. Seattle Center and Seattle Aquarium are not to be missed. Guests appreciate the property's quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Amazon Corporate Headquarters - 3 min drive
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - 3 min drive
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center - 3 min drive
  • Museum of Pop Culture - 4 min drive
  • Kerry Park - 5 min drive

Getting around

  • King Street Station - 7 min drive
  • Lake Union Park Station - 16 min walk
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) - 22 min drive


  • Pasta Freska — 4 min walk
  • Art Marble 21 — 13 min walk
  • Cask & Trotter — 13 min walk
  • Canlis — 15 min walk
  • Laredo's — 18 min walk

About this property

Entire place

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

Relaxing & Picturesque Houseboat Living at the center of Seattle's Waterfront

Historic Seattle vacation home in Westlake, near Seattle Center
COVID19: We fully and thoroughly sterilize between every guest with bleach and sterilizing wipes on surfaces throughout the boat so please rest assured. Also, we, myself and the cleaning crew, have been hard hit by all the COVID cancellations and have dropped our prices significantly already to try and stay afloat, figuritively speaking. ;) As such, we really appreciate your business!

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 fun activity 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.

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
• 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.

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

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.

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.

Turn off lights, television and heaters when not in use.

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.

All homes, houseboats, and boats in the marina are private property. Please stay on walking paths, paved roads and roadsides.

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.

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.

DO NOT use any products other than water and soap to remove a stain because certain products will stain the carpets.

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 vacation home offer coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property amenities


  • WiFi available


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Spices
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Dining room

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue grill


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the lake
  • On the waterfront
  • In the city center
  • Near a zoo

Things to do

  • Kayak on site
  • Bicycling on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Marina nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 6

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be 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
This property accepts credit cards
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

Property is also known as

Jicama Houseboat Lake Union Seattle
Jicama Lake Union Seattle
Jicama Lake Union
Jicama Houseboat on Lake Union

Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings


Very Good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 11 out of 24 reviews
5 - Excellent 46%
Rating 4 - Good. 8 out of 24 reviews
4 - Good 33%
Rating 3 - Okay. 3 out of 24 reviews
3 - Okay 13%
Rating 2 - Poor. 2 out of 24 reviews
2 - Poor 8%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 24 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

3/5 Okay

Ran out of water first night there and unable to locate fill location located under the rug on the deck at night. Four empty propane tanks left on boat, no full ones available for grill. Lockbox wouldn’t open with code when leaving.

2/5 Poor

Poor check in process
Instructions that we were given were inaccurate. Took us over an hour of waiting outside the gate with tired kids trying to find the correct lockbox and getting the keys to the house. In the end, we realized the instructions were wrong. They told us to go to the wrong pier, wrong lockbox location etc. Phone calls to property manager and owner were not returned. It was by chance that we saw the houseboat we rented was on a different pier (We recognized it based on Online pics). So had to tailgate to get in. Each time we left the pier, we had to do this. Luckily the neighbors were kind enough to let us in and out. There were no 3 keys for us as indicated in instructions. The house itself was fine - as expected. Probably not ideal for ADA person. Sleeping area is unsafe for kids younger than 8 as the gap between mattress and sidebar is big enough for kids to slip through and fall 6ft down onto the hard floor.
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2020

5/5 Excellent

A lovely winter holiday at Jicama
We were taken by happy surprise to be arriving just in time to see beautifully decorated boats heading out for the winter holidays boat parade! What a treat, and then we got to enjoy some of them as neighbors! Everything worked great, and the property manager/ cleaning staff person was wonderful (she was often around, which was helpful bc we had 3 different sets of contact info in our emails and on the boat... the only confusing wrinkle we encountered). It may be useful for others to know that you can pay for all day parking a bit farther down the pier if you'd rather not renew your space every two hours during the business day. We quite enjoyed our stay and would consider staying here or on another of the owner's boats again on a future visit.

4/5 Good

Quirky staycation
We enjoyed our lil 2 day getaway just 45 minutes from home. Parking was challenging like in all BIG cities, had to pay every 2 hours ... would not take car next time. We had no WiFi at all, this was a challenge as my husband brought work to do. That being said, we heard back from property manager within the hour. She wasn’t able to solve the problem for us, but we were able to leave so hubby could make his commitments. The boat was comfortable and had the kitchen items we needed, but had to go buy our own paper towels, salt and pepper which isn’t usually the case at other VRBOs. Want a close unique experience right in Seattle? Try it, you’ll like it.

5/5 Excellent

Perfect location to everything.
We were here on a weekend and parking in the Marina was easy. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed breakfast on the deck with a view of the city. Sleeping was comfortable for five. Bathroom facilities were small but we managed. Directions say to use the Marina bathrooms but our key did not work. Two kayaks were provided and we enjoyed using them. Overall it was a great visit and we would do it again!