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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 64

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.

Want to live near a golf course? Country club living is expensive. Of course, living within a few long drives of a public course is much cheaper. Route 64 starts by Jackson Park Golf Course, then heads south through Lake City and Wedgwood with a stop or two in Ravenna and the U District before ending on First Hill and Downtown. No need for a car, but maybe a cart.

↑ Location, location - oh why repeat it. A 4 bedroom (3 according to King County), 2 bath (1.5 according to King County), 1,500 square foot (maybe you should check) house for $364,950 right across from the golf course. How much more convenient do you want? It was built in 1953, but has been remodeled. The kitchen looks shiny and new. It looks just cleaned, which may explain the jug and spray bottle. The bathrooms are definitely not 1953, though the seat is up in one, and that's so 1950s.

↑ A spiral staircase, that's uncommon; especially in a 1947 house with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. That's a sense of style worth building out from. At just $1 under $300,000 ($299,999, you know), you'll be saving over most of the house prices. But, where would a spiral staircase lead to in a house that's only 1,260 square feet? There's a hint in the house photo. A big window in a small dormer in a high-pitched roof, an office or an artist's retreat?

↑ This neighborhood is filled with home built right after World War II. Baby boom! And yet, this house is only 920 square feet and is priced at $374,950. That's more price and less house than some of the other houses on the market. There must be a reason. Two bedrooms and 1 bath sound about right for a house that's small in today's market (but not tiny, which is another story.) The interior is modern and nicely equipped. Look out back, though. There's a 32 foot by 24 foot garage or shop or whatever you can fit in there. That's an extra 768 square feet of usable space. Someone's project will fit in there nicely.

↑ What could be more 50s than a rambler on a quarter acre laid out for gardening? Houses weren't very large then; so, 1,060 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths was roomy enough for a new family. Now, it costs $349,950. It even has a wainscotted settee in the small breakfast nook. Excellent! A fully fenced back yard is necessary if you're going to grow anything in that backyard, at least if you hope to have any control over the wildlife. You can do a lot with a simple, straightforward house.

↑ How many lives has this house had? It was built in 1946, but the kitchen has appliances that are probably big enough to run a small diner, back then. At $379,950, this 4 bedroom, 2 bath house is less than 30% more than the others, but has more than twice as much floor space (2,020 square feet) than others. Because it is a Cape Cod style, it also has room upstairs, and is fortunate enough to have a full height basement downstairs. Fence in the rest of the yard and have a place for the dog to play.

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· Route 64 [Metro]
· Jackson Park [SP]
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Written by Tom Trimbath