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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 99

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.

Would Agent 99 (for you Get Smart fans) ride King County Metro's #99? She'd need a style that worked in Belltown and the International District. Yeah, that's doable. This route never sees a curved street, just a bunch of straight lines and right angle turns through downtown Seattle. Here are five condos in the northern loop it makes through Belltown.

↑ A Belltown penthouse. That's probably enough description for most. The price tag, $1,599,500, isn't a surprise. There's a lot of room, 1,927 square feet for the two bedrooms and two baths, so there should be elbow room indoors. The bathrooms look to be almost as big as the bedrooms. There's also elbow room outdoors because of the wrap-around patio. A view of the Needle must be impressive when the fireworks pop off. A great place for a party.

↑ A little bit smaller now, at 1,465 square feet; a lot less expensive, at $689,000; but with an extra bedroom; and with views of The Mountain, the Sound, and the Olympics. Not a penthouse, but that may be fine because the roof includes a running track. How many laps to make one marathon? It is also not just a box of boxes. Some of the walls are angled, keeping the condo from feeling blocky.

↑ And a little bit smaller now. Only 1 bedroom, though still 1.5 baths, in 1,019 square feet, and for a lot less at #399,000. It still has a view of Elliott Bay, where watching the ships navigate around the ferries and the sailboats is a daily maritime bumper car show. It isn't a penthouse, but the condo looks out on the local pea patch. A chef who appreciates that kitchen would probably also appreciate being that close to fresh produce.

↑ And even a little bit smaller now. Just a little bit less expensive at $359,000; but a lot smaller at 636 square feet. One bedroom and 1 bath makes sense in such a space. The interior design is distinctive, with shoji inspired doors. The running route is called Seattle's Waterfront, which is hard to surpass. Maybe your running route will be your commute and you won't need the bus.

↑ You've got to see it to believe it. That must be the case because they didn't post any photos of this condo. Maybe that's to entice you to visit it. The smallest, at 437 square feet; and least expensive, at $219,000; is so small they don't even mention if it has a bedroom. But, the price is low enough that some people who spend more as a down payment for that penthouse. Think of what you can with that extra cash.

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Written by Tom Trimbath