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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 128

Seattle has buses. Use them In which case you might as well find a place to live along a line. One line at a time. Here's the next one, selected at random for the fun of it.

Are you working in Tukwila but want to live in West Seattle? Ride Route 128 for a bus ride that takes a tour of a string of neighborhoods. You'll have plenty of time to prepare or unwind if you find yourself working retail at Southcenter.

↑It's been said that Seattle's climate is a cool version of the Mediterranean. This $1,598,888, 3,780 square foot house looks like it on the outside, and has views of seawater and ships, and the Olympics. Enjoy the view. Enjoy the house. It would considered new in Europe, but a 1910 house in Seattle is historic. Its exterior is stylish and its interior is luxurious. The kitchen is so sophisticated that it looks like a lounge. The 4 bedrooms are where you'll spend a third of your time, if you sleep regularly. The 4 bathrooms are where'll you'll notice the marble and glass furnishings. If you have this house, there's a good chance that if you're working retail, its from an office.

↑ For about a third the price you get more than a third the house, at least in terms of floor space and rooms. For $549,950 you get 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 1,920 square feet of house; townhouse, that is. You also get a house that is a decade old instead of more than a century. You also get less yard work, and that can be a bonus if you're already working long hours. The views aren't as stupendous; but inside, the trim is impressive. Exotic woods, hardwood floors, a modern kitchen, and open spaces designed for entertaining, make the space more than just liveable.

↑ If that townhouse didn't work for you, how about this one? The data look similar: $568,000, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 1,900 square feet. But, houses are unique, or you can make it so. Lofted ceilings turn bedrooms into places with spaces. A room is no longer just a box. Add in the right windows to bring in light. Take advantage of the walk-in shower, or separate tubs surrounded polished tiles. So many options that sound similar but look completely different are why house shopping takes so long. Get a tour and see if the house fits.

↑ Another townhouse that is 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1,900 square feet, and $580,000? You could start to think that all the houses were inspired by the same market analysis. There's probably a good reason for that. Hmm, the exterior shot looks very familiar. The address is different though. The kitchen is definitely different. That Viking Range stands out, and the granite counters are an excellent addition to a kitchen where a cook gets busy with hot pots and pans. The view, though, the view is definitely worth seeing. If you can see the Space Needle, you can see fireworks displays. Few homes claim that.

↑ If you want a view, this house has them. A quarter acre property in West Seattle with views of the city, mountains, and of course the Sound, is uncommon; which partly explains the asking price of $1,299,500. Inside though, the layout, furnishings, and appliances add value, too. It is a house built for space and windows to take advantage of views like this house has. Even the bathtubs have views; unless the windows steam up. With 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, the 3,290 square foot house is just the right size for someone; and, with a quarter acre there may be room for growth. Shop around; but there can't be many homes like this one.

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· Route 128 [Metro]
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Written by Tom Trimbath