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4.2/5 Very Good
16 reviews
"We had a wonderful stay. Communication with property manager was easy and quick...."


  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor Space
  • Breakfast Available


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 popular attractions can visit Seattle Aquarium and Seattle Great Wheel. Looking to enjoy an event or a game? See what's going on at Seattle Center Arena or T-Mobile Park.

    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.) - 24 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

    Turnip Houseboat on Lake Union

    The Space... Turnip has a cool feel and is great for someone who wants a genuine, interesting houseboat experience yet still all the comforts of home. She has a junk style design, which is a common in Asia, a great roof for sitting on, and hobbity archways inside that really create the space. - 1 queen size bed - 1 sleeper sofa (1 person) - 1 six foot sleeping nook (best for children) - 1 full size blow up mattress and sheets available - Sleeps 4 on the above furniture pieces - 4 total overnight guests allowed - Full kitchen (refrigerator, stove, coffee press, kitchen essentials) - Heated (2 portable heaters + 1 wall heater) - Full bathroom (japanese style shower, toilet, sink) - Wireless internet - Kid friendly - Indoor and outdoor breakfast/eating nook - Deck and roof lounge area - 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) 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. Please be sure you are comfortable with renting a boat before you do. - Seasickness and dizzyness is unlikely unless you are very sensitive. - Toilets on boats are not quite the same as a toilet on land. The human waste deposited into the boat’s toilet is collected in a waste tank. This tank is ‘pumped out’ periodically by a sewage removal boat. Please use the marina bathroom rather than the boat bathroom when possible. They are a common feature of living on a boat. It is common practice on boats to use land-based toilets as able. You will be given a key to access this bathroom and we consider both toilets as part of this boat life you will be renting. - 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 entrance to the boat requires bending and stepping down. If you have physical difficulties, this may not be the best match. - 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.

    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


    WiFi available (fee applies)

    Parking and transportation

    Onsite parking


    Coffee/tea maker


    Breakfast available for a fee


    1 bedroom
    Bed sheets provided


    1 bathroom
    Bathtub or shower
    Towels provided

    Living spaces

    Living room
    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

    Sailing nearby
    Rock climbing nearby
    Whale watching nearby
    Kayaking nearby
    Hiking/biking trails nearby
    Mountain biking nearby
    Water skiing nearby
    Rafting nearby


    Sleeps 4
    Unit size: 500 sq ft (46 sq m)

    Very Good

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

    5/5 Excellent

      Lake Union

      We had a wonderful stay. Communication with property manager was easy and quick. We traveled with our two children. And had a great experience. We wanted something other than a hotel for a few night.

      5/5 Excellent

        This traveler didn’t leave comments with their review
        Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2019


          Adorable once we could check in

          Adorable little boat! Would have given it a better review; however, our check in process didn’t go well. When we arrived at 4:30pm the boat had not been cleaned. We left the property and tried to contact the owner and property manager by phone, email, and text. We didn’t receive a response until an hour later. We were told it would be cleaned ASAP, but when we returned at 8pm the cleaners were still there. By the time we got on the boat to settle in, it was already dark. This was very disappointing because we were celebrating our Anniversary and had planned on watching the sunset with a glass of wine. We were only there for one night, so we were very bummed that we missed our opportunity. The view and sunset was why we picked that spot. The boat itself was very cute and cozy. Wish we could have enjoyed it more.

          4/5 Good

            Cute, quaint and rustic.

            We had a great stay at this little boat. Had some concerns on arrival. The owner Emma was responsive to our issues. All in all, we enjoyed our houseboat experience.

            5/5 Excellent

              Unique Experience

              We had a great time on this boat. It was a very unique experience. Beautiful views, and a great location that allows you to get all over the place in a short amount of time. I do wish there were more curtains/blinds in the boat, but for the most part you have a good amount of privacy. The shower was an adventure figuring out how to work effectively. The boat was much more roomy than I had expected, and we had a great experience.

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