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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 277

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.

Metro Route 277 runs from Juanita to the U District, for those want to live on one side of the lake and work or study on the other side. Take the bus and let the driver worry about the bridge.

↑ It's December. Are you going to give yourself the present of a new house? How about 2,710 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths for $600,000? Everything's new. No spackling. The kitchen has cherry woodwork. The master bath has a combination jetted tub and steam shower. If you used them together would you create a suburban version of a tropical river? The real world suburban waterway runs right by the property, Juanita Creek. Own a bit of nature.

↑ If you want nature, buy more land and steward it; or at least mow it. The price of $500,000 buys 1.17 acres plus a 1,940 square foot house with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. And look, there's Juanita Creek again. There are lots of pieces of it for sale, evidently. The listing suggests bringing your tool belt for some updates. The house was built in 1948, back when acreage was affordable, so maybe there are a few style issues. Of course, if everything works, then maybe simply embrace that earlier era.

↑ Welcome back to the 60s, when this house was built. Style and fashion come around in cycles, so eventually this brand of beige will be trendy again. It was once, wasn't it? Aside from style, $429,000 is enough to buy a 2,150 square foot house with its 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The house and the 10,098 square foot lot are your opportunity to redefine a place, or enjoy flashbacks. Fifty years of providing shelter shouldn't be scoffed at. The rest is negotiable.

↑ Sometimes the best way to enjoy your neighborhood is to live in a place where you don't have to worry about the yard, or the roof, or most of the walls. This 980 square foot condo is within walking distance of Juanita beach. The price is $217,000 for 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. That's only a few years' rent for some apartments. The condo has the basics. The common spaces have the hot tub, exercise room, and landscaping. Own the basics, share the luxuries.

↑ Maybe you need something a little bit smaller and a little lower price. For $160,000 there's a 739 square foot condo with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. The smaller the space, the easier it is to keep it clean. With a fireplace for ambiance and a water feature outside the unit, maybe you can even imagine yourself in a cabin in the woods. Or not. Juanita and Kirkland have enough appeal that you may spend most of your time enjoying the area. Why buy more than you need?
· Route 277 [Metro]
· Juanita Beach [POK]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath