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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 15

Written by Tom Trimbath

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 on Blue Ridge and need to commute to downtown? That probably describes a lot of folks. Here are five homes along Metro's route #15, which coincidentally runs down 15th Ave NW.

Once upon a time that lower entrance was probably a garage with a steep driveway. Might as well turn it into something else than have a car slide into the garage door. It would, however, be convenient for a bicycle commuter. A sweet 1,800 square foot 3-BR, 2-bath, Cape Cod that is far from Cape Cod, it looks much more modern than its 1942 age suggests. The price is modern enough at $589,000. This is much more than a weekend remodel.

What? A brick house in the land of big forests and lumber companies? Yes. They do exist, for a price: $685,000. Four bedrooms and 3 baths aren't enough to fill 2,830 square feet, which may be why they mention other possibilities for more bedrooms, an office, storage, probably more storage - and a second kitchen. A second kitchen? A luxury for when you want to cook, but the main kitchen is too messy.

Getting bigger. Bring on more bricks! This one is 3,240 square feet. Four bedrooms again. A couple of baths. Ah, and with views. Views remind you where you are. This ain't Kansas. And a wine cellar. It would take a while to drink that much wine. That's what friends are for. Views and wine and $847,000. Well, they'll have the money. You'll have the view. The wine is another matter.

Maybe bricks were on sale in this neighborhood. Here's another one, with a bit less money and size than the others. $550,000 for 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and 2,380 square feet. Ouch. That nasty foreclosure word pops up. Shopping for landscaping is so close you might not need a truck. What stories can the neighbors tell? Time for new owners to give the home a new life.

Hello, a house that is brand new and not made of brick; but looks like a mix of wood, concrete, and metal. Three bedrooms, three baths, 1,726 square feet for $574,950. Just playing with the numbers means each combination of one bedroom, one bathroom, and about 575 square feet costs about $191,650. So, three roommates sharing the cost equally get a clean and modern home. Note: all bathrooms are not created equal. Maybe it IS better for a family.

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· Metro Route #15 [KCM]
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