8610 55th Avenue South


3 Beds
2 Full, 2 Half Baths
Single Family
Craftsman Style
Building 1,879 sq/ft
Lot 0.13 acres
Year Built: 1908
MLS: 1665689
Property Tax: $5,316/year
8610 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA


Set sail with this wonderful craftsman home located near one of the most beautiful places of Lake Washington, Pritchard Island Beach.

This home isn’t a dream home because of its history in time and its placement on the shore of Lake Washington before the lake was lowered, it is about how you feel when you walk through the door and the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding here. The home is situated on a stunning private double lot that offers you ample room to garden and host friends with a tasteful nautical boat house that has been converted into an income-producing AirBnB.

The main home is beautifully crafted with 10’s ceilings, leaded glass windows, picture framed oversized windows, and fir flooring bringing the nautical feel into the home.  To further that impression the formal dining room, its beautifully framed stained-glass windows, all flow openly with the chef's dream kitchen. The kitchen is adorned with a beadboard ceiling and cedar beams, featuring a 48" Wolf Stove with a grill, griddle, 4 burners, and a double oven. 2 chefs can easily work together with the 2 sinks, one deep double sink where you can look out over the deck, and a deep sink at the other end of the kitchen for prep. The kitchen cabinets offer an abundance of storage space and big storage drawers.  Stainless steel pendant lights and task lighting are throughout the kitchen and who does not like a built-in pantry too?! The formal living room windows give you a view into the gardens and a waterfall, the filbert tree, lilac tree, and fragrant daphnia. The living room has wonderful built-in cabinets original to the construction of the home, a gas fireplace that heats the entire home, and certainly, you will notice the shiplap on the garage.  The garage itself offers an entire lower level for your projects.

Off of the chef’s kitchen, you will be pleased to find a powder-room with chair rail and beadboard, an oversized pedestal sink, dolphin etched glass (Casa de flipper),  everything is all so perfect.  

The first bedroom is dormered and used as an oversized dressing room currently. The huge master bedroom has fir floors, a wall of windows overlooking the gardens, and ample space for a California King sized bed plus dressers and a sitting area. The deck off the master bedroom has peek-a-boo views of Mt Rainier and Lake Washington. The master bathroom has a classic clawfoot tub, pedestal sink and includes a separate shower.  

Craftsman style homes like this one are some of the remaining homes often coveted by homebuyers and receive offers when they hit the market. That’s not just because they have what people call “good bones”, but because the Craftsman homes, with their unassuming style and ornate woodwork, embody the history and soul of Seattle.

Other eye-catching features are the outdoor decks that overlook the back yard with apple trees that offer the owner a treat to cook with and they provide a perfect unique garden texture.  The generous living spaces, inside and out, give perfect accommodations for everyone.

We could talk for hours about the financial freedom The Little Boat House Cottage Airbnb offers, but top of mind would be that the boathouse pays most of their mortgage. The owners are happy to share the accounting books with you and discuss selling the Little Boat House furnished to help you make money right away. The Little Boat House Cottage is absolutely amazing to experience for people who come and visit Seattle from all over the world. This was actually an original boathouse that once sat on the shore of Lake Washington until the city lowered the Lake. Even the original bulkhead is still there. You can imagine the history yet so much can be found on history links that tell about the lake and about how the Craftsman homes were built in the area. The Little Boat House Cottage is complete with a spacious bedroom, an efficient kitchen with a bar, and its own full bathroom. Read the reviews. 

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You will be delighted to know that this home is in a true neighborhood where neighbors sit outside and have a happy hour together. The home adjacent and across the street have ducks and chickens, you can pick up fresh eggs or harvest your own vegetables in a self-pick garden when you pass by.  The homeowners keep treats for dogs on the front fence even.

Seattle's Tilth Alliance is right past the backyard.  They just had an incredible Harvest Festival.  Go here to see the recording of all the cultural activities and tours of the gardens:

Although this property has great play and garden space, there are many opportunities for fun, in the form of being nearby Lake Washington to sail, fish, powerboating, SUP’s, gatherings, and watching the weather and sunsets. There is so much to offer you while living here including the eagles and osprey that take flight and live amongst the lake bank, the visits by the blue heron, and watching local ducks and geese with their babies in the springtime. The owner of this exceptional property will enjoy a tranquil lifestyle and peace thanks to the thoughtfulness brought in by the original builder and its current owners and the privacy of the yard.

Prichard Island Beach and wetlands are one block north. Several large cottonwoods flutter in the breeze there as swimmers head for the raft.  Others just sit on the beach admiring the view of Seward Park to the north of Mercer Island to the east. The Prichard Wetland is a unique haven of native plants and wildlife, just south of Pritchard Island Beach. Walk the gravel path that starts at the edge of the parking lot; it winds through more than four acres of marshy wildlife habitat. Watch for muskrats and herons in Pritchard Pond, and listen for the songs of Chorus frogs in the spring!  All the plantings in Pritchard/Loon Wetland are native to western Washington wetlands. Look for Red-osier dogwood, fawn lilies, and Western red cedar saplings. You’ll find this a fine, quiet complement to the Beer Shiva Playground one block to the south. Boat launches and marinas, we have those too. Atlantic City Boat Ramp, Parkshore Marina, and Spinnaker Bay Marina to name a few.

Immediately behind the back yard is the Rainier Beach Urban Farm. Run by Tilth, they teach the neighborhood kids how to grow organic food which is sold at the farm and at the Columbia City Farmers Market. The property is a wildlife habitat and can never be developed. 

This is a classic Craftsman home in Seattle’s Pritchard Beach neighborhood. These Craftsman-style homes were built from Pritchard Beach to Wallingford and Ravenna to Mount Baker and over the bridge in West Seattle.

Pritchard Beach and the surrounding area have restaurants from all around the world.  Here are a few locally-owned restaurants you can try.

  • Pizzeria Pulcinella
  • Kaffa Coffee and Wine Bar, Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Jude’s Old Town
  • Drae’s Lake Route Eatery
  • The Stonehouse Café
  • Mama Sambusa Kitchen
  • Archipelago
  • Bang Bang Kitchen, Delivers Mexican Food and Cocktails 
  • Beach Bakery 

There are a plethora of restaurants in nearby Columbia City and certainly, the inner city of Seattle is easy to get to.

If you like Japanese-style gardens there is a must-see named Kubota Garden. It is 20-acres dating to 1927 filled with flowers, ponds, waterfalls, and a moon bridge. Nearby Seward Park has a world-class Audubon Center, a pottery studio in the old lake bathhouse.

Our Pritchard Beach listing is not an easy home for the owners to give up and sell. It has taken considerable thought and coming to terms with the journey. They have found that with their boating lifestyle that the San Juan Islands are calling them home. It is their dream for some wonderful folks to find this home as a sanctuary in one of Seattle’s best-kept secrets as they have. We hope that perhaps you are the One.

Yacht Log Entries from Airbnb guests:

"Absolutely adore The Little Boat House!!! Such a creative and wonderful nautical space!  Quiet and secluded location, a perfect warm bath, and a cozy bed at the end of our travels. Our first trip to West Coast has been just incredible. Thank you for your local tips and hospitality.  We SO hope to return someday.  ~Meridith from Tucson Arizona"

"We reached your little boathouse near the wee hours after a long day spent in the Salish Sea off of the San Juan Islands.  The crew was ready for rest and relaxation in this safe place after spending 3 or the prior 4 days in the mountains near Bellingham and Anacortes.  It's hard to leave here and this beautiful area.  ~ Omaha, NE"

"We enjoyed staying on your private land near Seattle. It is one of our favorite places to visit.  It was great to go outdoors and be out on great hikes in the area.  We can't wait to come back!  ~ Josh & Jess from Charleston SC."



Detached AirBnb
Family Friendly Neighborhood
Outdoor Preschool Nearby
Fenced Private Backyard
Craftsman Style
Office/Bonus Room
Chefs Kitchen

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8610 55th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
3 Bed | 2 Full, 2 Half Baths