In 2011, Russ and Gemma daggatt fell in love on a houseboat in a prime location at the end of a dock at Lee’s Landing Marina in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
The creative and fun-loving couple eventually bought the place with stunning views of South Lake Union, Mount Ranier and the downtown Seattle skyline, and subsequently hired Jim Graham of the local firm Graham Baba Architects to redesign it to their personal taste; now, almost 12 years later, they have decided to put the eclectic residence up for sale, asking for $6.2 million.
Originally built in 1992, Houseboat 9 has since been extensively renovated from stem to stern and filled with treasures that come from the travels of avid art collectors — a hand-carved door from Morocco, a carved Tibetan panel that has been repurposed as a bedroom door, and a real horse trough that has been converted into a bathtub just to get you started.
A particularly striking painting of Gemma’s Tibetan Buddha eyes was placed on the outside of the structure, a mixture of streamlined horizontal cedar wood paneling, reclaimed barn wood, red-tinted metal and vertical zinc plates.
The two-bedroom, three-bathroom houseboat is not only a cornucopia of art, but the apartment also maximizes its almost 2,500 square meters of living space at every turn, complete with tons of fixtures, as well as a unique fire pillar that provides easy access from the upstairs living area to the entrance area below.
Other highlights include a spacious, open, grand space anchored by a marina mural that includes a living room, dining area, and kitchen with steel countertops and a dining island with live wood reclaimed from a fallen Seattle tree. Accordion-style doors that stretch from floor to ceiling also extend to a wide cable car deck with a springboard, as well as steps leading to a terrace that serves as an ideal vantage point for the fourth of July fireworks.
On the ground floor there is a master bedroom below the waterline with a walk-in closet, a built-in desk and a bathroom with two vanities, a double head shower and the aforementioned tub. and everything is rounded off by a basement in the concrete hull cavity, which is used for storage, laundry and mechanical rooms. There is also a 30-foot boat slide, a platform for access to kayaks and paddleboards, and two covered parking spaces.
According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, which reported on the sale, the Daggatts decided to sell their houseboat to be closer to an elderly father. They also have homes in Seattle, Santa Barbara, California. and Ketchum, Idaho.