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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 82

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.

It's the middle of the night. One of the best times to miss Seattle's traffic, but why drive when you can ride? The night bus, Route 82, circles from downtown, to Seattle Center, Queen Anne, Greenwood, and along Green Lake before heading back downtown. Don't fall asleep or you could wake up where you started.

↑ Built in 2014, of course it is Built Green. As obvious as that may be, not all homes are built to such high environmental standards. Maybe that's because much of the $819,000 value is subtle: triple pane windows, radiant heat floors, impressive insulation. The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2,608 square foot house is well-done without being over the top. On the top, though, is a rooftop deck. A nice touch. Living within walking distance of Green Lake may be the nicest luxury.

↑ It's what's outside that's noticeable. Parking for four vehicles, two in an attached garage and two in a detached building could be enough to suggest renting out spaces. And then there's the separate entrance to a second apartment/office/guest quarters. Decades have settled the garden into place. Are those reasons enough that these 5 bedrooms, 2.75 baths and 2,440 square feet are worth $949,000?

↑ With age comes wisdom (we all hope), and this 1910 3 bedroom, 3.75 bath house is smart enough to have a sunroom. Shouldn't they be standard in Seattle homes? For $749,950 you get a piece of "yesteryear", which has been nicely designed and remodeled. It looks much bigger than 2,035 square feet. There's an extra kitchen downstairs, so renting is an option, but maybe a foodie needs a dedicated space for recipes that might go wrong.

↑ This remodeled craftsman isn't nearly as old. It was built in oh so recent 1922. It, too, has enough room for four vehicles. No wonder there's no parking around Green Lake; the area must be covered by large, stealthy garages. The 2,090 square foot interior, with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, looks considerably more modern. The kitchen has the mix of stainless steel, granite, and hardwood that wasn't available a hundred years ago. The old and new blend well, for $699,000.

↑ Built "green to the core" and with room for two vehicles and more. Is that a mixed message? A new 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath modern marvel is for sale at $1,375,000. The kitchen is equipped with big appliances and a big range hood. It's a big one, at 3,400 square feet. The yard is "soccer worthy" as long as the kicks stay within whatever's left over on the 7,440 square foot lot. It's nice to see a new take on the bath; separate shower and tub, but both behind the same glass. That's new, like a lot of this house. Definitely a house for someone who enjoys innovation, but who isn't a minimalist.

· Route 82 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
· Green Lake [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath

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