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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 330

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.

Live in Lake City and get educated in Shoreline. Metro's Route 330 runs from Lake City past Fircrest and Parkwood to Shoreline Community College from early in the morning into the evening. Students and faculty are welcomed aboard.

↑ So close. Can a mathematician make an offer at $314,159 just for the irrational numerical beauty of it? The sellers are asking $314,500; but for less than 1% of the price they can make a geeky art statement. They're probably thinking about what the market will bear for a 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath house that has 1,200 square feet of floor space. That's logical too. The house was built in 1956, but the interior has been remodeled as recently as 2007. A somewhat small house on a somewhat small lot (2,613 square foot) means less maintenance than most. Save yourself time to read.

↑ Go retro. If a historian wants to study the 1940's, why not buy a house from then? Some of the furnishings may even be original, or at least old enough to be back in style. The last time this 1,240 square foot house was sold was in 1987. They probably weren't asking $296,500 back then. In 2014 though, that's the asking price for a 3 bedroom 2 bath house. There's a bath in the master suite! That was a big thing back then. Of course, you could also decide that it was finally time to remodel and set your own style.

↑ Some houses are defined by their accoutrements. Shiny appliances are appealing. This 1,460 square foot house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths has that, but it also has some practical elements. Gardeners and landscapers need land and dirt to practice and play. The lot is over 8,000 square feet. Artists and trade crafts need shop and studio space. There's a 200 square foot shop. They're asking $399,000, and you can answer as to whether that price gets you what you want and need.

↑ Where are the before photos, because the after ones show a lot of remodeling. Stainless steel, granite, and custom tiles probably weren't the original equipment in 1960. This 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath house for $495,000 has 1,810 square feet; which was a little big for back then. The new appliances and trim modernize the interior. The staging even has a stack of guest towels arranged the way you find them in the nicer hotel restrooms. That bit of updating probably isn't part of the deal. If you appreciate the utility and appeal of various materials, there's plenty to study here.

↑ If you want modern, then buying new gets you modern style, layout, systems, insulation, appliances, and lighting. The designer, architect, and decorator had a freer hand with this 1,963 square feet, 4 bedroom, 2.25 bath new construction. (Though, there is a reference to a sale in 1999. Was that for the lot or a house that came before?) The land is worth mentioning as well because the $599,950 includes 0.29 acres. Definitely not a postage stamp property. Some ideas are simple and appealing, like the double-headed shower. A modern study in design that you can live in too.
· Shoreline Community College [SCC]
· Route 330 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath