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Turnip Houseboat on Lake Union

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type house boat


About the property

Quarky Houseboat In The Heart Of Seattle

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.

- Seasickness and dizzyness is unlikely unless you are very sensitive.

- 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.

More Details

Emma Halenko
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Emma Halenko

I fix up and rent out houseboats. :)

Emma Halenko purchased this house boat in 2015


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat rental in Westlake, Washington

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • 1 queen size bed, plus an additional 6' loft area for a smaller person or child. We also have a blow up mattress available for the floor that is stored in the boat for use.
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Turnip Houseboat on Lake Union
average rating of 4.25 based on 8 reviews

Really cute place. Perfect for a Seattle adventure.

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay when visiting Seattle. The check in process was a tad confusing but once we got it all figured out, no other issues.

  • Review Submitted: 30/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very cool, cute houseboat! Would reccomend to anyone who is in for a different experience.

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place! Very cute. Accurately described in the renter profile.

  • Review Submitted: 27/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun night on the boat!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great. It was a unique stay for our first night in Seattle!

  • Review Submitted: 26/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Staying aboard the Turnip Houseboat made our trip to Seattle complete. The Turnip is a quaint little boat with lots of charm and a very comfortable bed. It is conveniently located on the bus route (#40) which will take you Downtown or to Ballard and Fremont. It's centrally located in Westlake so that makes it within walking distance to many restaurant and neighborhoods. Seattle is a walkable city so we enjoyed our walks about town from this area, but a Lyft or an Uber will also take you want to go in town for little money. I would stay aboard the Turnip again. Be conservative with water and follow the rules about using the Marina bathroom when possible. This is normal houseboat living and the water lasted us just about right for our two day stay. We very much enjoyed our time on the Turnip and highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great experience, a few easy fixes would have made it a 5 star experience

  • 3 of 5

I will start with the good, most of which is evident in the pictures:

First off, its a house boat, a very Unique one, that alone is worth 2 stars. It also is in a pretty good location that is walk-able and did i mention its a house boat! aka on a lake! In addition to that you can watch the sea planes take off all day (never gets old) and use the kayaks to explore the lake. A very unique and fun experience.

We found the bed to be moderately comfortable and the houseboat itself to be reasonably spacious (larger than your typical cruise stateroom)

Also the marina was pretty quiet and felt very safe.

Now for the bad:

We did not receive the check-in information until 4 hours prior to checking in (This took 3 VRBO messages and a phone call over a weeks period of time)

Wouldn't have been a big deal if I wasn't on the other side of the country wondering where I was going to sleep for the second half of my vacation.

Also the check-in procedure/ boat instructions was 8 pages, so accessing the boat was a bit more confusing than it would have been if I had time to review the documentation prior.

Additionally for this type of rental it would be very beneficial to have someone great you upon your arrival and give you some in-person directions, this would have made the world of a difference in this situation.

My biggest complaint/suprise about the turnip was the lack of curtains. I read the previous reviews of lack of privacy but I took this as outdoor privacy. Well there is no privacy indoors either. Not even if you want to shower or change. Only half of the windows have curtains which are a pathetic example of curtains at that. All the ambient city lights and the lack of curtains made sleeping difficult. This is an easy fix that would have made the stay much more pleasant.

The other large complaint is the toilet, with that said I went in expecting the toilet to be an issue, however it was far worse than expected. Forget #2 this toilet couldn't even handle #1. Thankfully we found the marina bathroom after searching all over for it. To be honest I do not understand why this cannot be fixed. Even if it means moving the toilet to the space across from the shower (this would allow for the toilet to drop directly into the holding tank avoiding issues with the pump)

Lastly, it appears the large window with the locking issue near the bed was corrected by making the window in-operable. This made it difficult to cool the boat down on a hot day.

  • Review Submitted: 01/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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ups and downs

  • 3 of 5

It is a cute little boat, with a big window that opens out adjacent to the bed. Wonderful water movement rocking you to sleep. A unique experience. On the down side, there were toilet issues that required us to call for assistance (2 times in 3 days). The wonderful big window did not have a functional lock (and the instructions on the boat ask that you leave boat locked with the windows closed). There were several lights not working, some did not have bulbs, so that during dark hours there was no light in the toilet area, and the one in the kitchen was on the opposite side of the room, so what ever you worked on had your shadow cast on your work (frustrating).

I would have liked a location with some shops or activity near by. The deli at the business area is closed on weekends. We made use of uber every time we went out.

  • Review Submitted: 28/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$80.87
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$336.95

Turnip Houseboat Rules

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, place in designated containers in the marina parking lot
Leave the boat and marina keys in the key box on the gate, relock the box

No one is allowed to wander the docks
Children - Must be kept at close attention at all times
Guests - Only 2 guests are permitted on Turnip Houseboat during the day time, beyond the 2 maximum registered guests.
Pets - Pets are not allowed on Turnip Houseboat at all

No social gatherings are allowed on Turnip Houseboat. 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.
• Party Fee - Eviction will occur, a charge equal to the amount of security deposit will be applied.

Please keep noise to a minimum all day. This is marina is home to many people.
• Official Quiet Hours - 9:00pm to 7:00am daily

No Smoking
There is no smoking allowed in the house. 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 Turnip Houseboat. 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.
• Additional Housekeeping Fee applies

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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