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Five Seattle Homes Asking Less Than $300K Worth Considering

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We don't need to tell you that the ever-rising house prices in Seattle are making it very difficult for those who don't make six figures to afford one. Zillow currently has the median home value at $515,300 while Trulia's most recent median sale price is $477,225. A scan of homes listed for less than those numbers thins out pretty quick, especially when you filter out those in rough shape. We decided to dig around and we did happen to come across five houses on the open market that we thought were worth some consideration if you're looking to buy but can't go much over the $300K mark.

Perhaps it's not surprising to see a floating home kick off this list. Unit E-1 at 2401 N Northlake Way just hit the market and between the price ($240K) and the fact that you cannot possibly miss something that purple, it probably won't last too long. It's 560 square feet so its best for one person or a couple. Super cozy inside and that's fresh paint inside and out. The upper-level loft style bedroom and rooftop deck help open things up so you feel like you have a little space. Or maybe just to get some air.

The two-bedroom at 6049 24th Ave S in Beacon Hill isn't much to look at on the outside. But inside it's been recently remodeled and is 780 square-feet of solid living space. The property comes with a fenced-in slice of backyard that could really be something pretty with a little TLC. Not a bad spot to consider as a starter home, especially at the price ($226K).

Here's a rambler in Rainier Beach that's sitting pretty at $275K. Maybe 1,070 square-feet is a little on the smaller side for three bedrooms but hey, you'll survive. Especially with a place in great shape like this. The well-manicured front and backyards look like a gardener's delight. And there's literally white picket fence! Come on now...

Sitting on a 8,160 sqaure-foot lot, this 1951 Haller Lake 3-BR comes in just a shade under at $299K. Hardwoods throughout, which give it a clean look. At 1,060 square feet there's plenty of room and lots of open space for someone to make their own. The backyard is huge and offers a lot of opportunities as well. Literally right around the corner from a high school, which could be a very good thing...or not.

In between the time we found this Westwood house and the time we wrote the article, it went pending. But just in case, we'll still put it out there. It's asking $284K and had recently come down all the way from $299K, so it's not a big surprise it got snapped up. The 1951 bungalow looks renovated and well-kept. Out back there's some potential and it's nice to have a one-car detached garage available too. We'd keep an eye on this one just in case the pending falls through...