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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 98

Seattle has buses. And streetcars! 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.

Route 98 may not cover many miles, but it may have the most style. It is the Seattle Streetcar run from South Lake Union to Westlake, or from Westlake to South Lake Union, depending on your point of view. If you live there, will you ever need to even cross I-5?

↑ Do you want a penthouse? Do you have $1,550,000? That's the asking price for this 1,750 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Cosmopolitan Tower. The views are grand, and are helped by 11 foot high ceilings and full height windows. Look north to watch the planes dodge the boats on Lake Union. Inside, have fun with the kitchen defined by its appliances' brand names like Miele, Wolf, and Sub-Zero.

It must be a dream, because there's nothing there - yet. Insignia is ready to sell you a $962,900 condo with 1 bedroom, 2 baths, and 1,270 square feet; but, at least as far as the listing shows, the building is a sketch in the sky. It was designed by Mitchell Freedland, and is supposed to have a lobby like a hotel, a park on the seventh floor, and a "curated" retreat on the 41st. Drop in on their sales office; they probably have more pictures there.

↑ Get real. This condo exists, and is for sale at $450,000. For that you get a 756 square foot, 1 bedroom, 1 bath space with southern exposure and amenities like a small den and laundry. For now, you also get a view of a tower crane, but that must be temporary. The complex has a concierge and a theater; and of course, the location has even more because it is downtown Seattle.

↑ This loft costs $425,000 for 1 bedroom and 2 baths and 777 square feet. More baths than bedrooms may sound odd, unless you're a couple and both trying to get ready at the same time. The style is a bit functional, so those pipes along the ceiling probably should be left alone. Don't turn off something you're not supposed to.

↑ Skip the penthouse, and all those pesky rides in the elevator. Live on the ground floor and save yourself the vertical commute. The entire building is LEED certified, very green, very earthy - and also close to REI and Whole Foods. The loft is ever more earthy because it is on the ground floor. Live in the city and have a low impact on the planet for $399,800 for a 1 bedroom and 2 baths.
· Streetcar Route 98 [Metro]
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Written by Tom Trimbath