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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 60

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.

The web site for Metro #60 calls out the endpoints of Georgetown & Westwood Village and Broadway, but it also swings through White Center, Beacon Hill and First Hill. It's almost due north and south, and almost an hour for the entire trip; but it definitely swings as it passes through neighborhoods, maneuvers around Boeing Field, and eventually ends up above downtown. With that many twists it must run past a lot of houses. Here are five.

↑ If you've got a dog that likes to play in the park, your pet might appreciate being so close to Westcrest Park. Get off that leash! Sixty years ago, when they built this one, it was about average sized at 950 square feet. Now, you get its 3 bedrooms and 1 bath for $234,000. You also get a covered patio big enough for dances, living room floors that show up shiny in the photos, and a yard big enough for an active dog. Maybe the dog should buy the house and invite you to stay.

↑ A little newer, a little larger, and a bit more expensive; and maybe you need 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,500 square feet, and a basement - and can afford $339,900. Most folks probably wouldn't guess that it would have such a nice kitchen. Evidently Hugh has a family room downstairs, or maybe that's supposed to be huge. There's even enough parking for an RV, which is a precious thing in some neighborhoods. Interesting that they measure the parking spaces in tons. Must be a lot of concrete.

↑ Take an average of the last two and get closer to a South Park home (hopefully not the TV show) that is 1,402 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and $324,000. The price isn't an average, and the interior probably explains the premium. It may have been built during World War II, but the insides look fresh. They say there's room for a garden, and there probably is, but why disturb such a rectangular yard?

↑ Most houses that call themselves Victorian just grab the label. The Queen may have still been alive when the original builders dreamed up this 1,325 square foot bit of sweetness that was built in 1908. Now it holds 3 bedrooms and 1.75 baths; though it undoubtedly cost much less than $319,000. Norman Rockwell could've used this as a setting for his paintings. The house looks like it's been cared for, and remodels can replace flaws found after years. Something that can't be replicated is gardening that has been in place for decades. No doubt about whether the foliage fits the climate.

Built in the Depression, before the War, four square and brick, and it must have seemed enormous. Back then, 2,940 square feet must have seemed palatial. Surprising that there are only 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, but then, they're been enough for 75 years. The previous sale was 1968! Now, it is up for $450,000. Someone was happy to stay there for a long time. It might be interesting cleaning up that basement, which looks to be a work in progress.

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Written by Tom Trimbath