↑ If you spend all day shopping for homes they can all blend into a pile of white and beige cubes; but there's always something that stands out, like this blue, red, and black bathroom. It is more distinctive than the description of a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,310 square foot 1993 house. With a view of Mt. Si, of course. They're asking $499,950 for it and the 0.26 acres. Sure, it is wired for a generator (which should be an inspiration for asking about outages); but it is that one room that may be the most memorable. So, does that become the style for the house, or is it the first thing to remodel?
↑ Seattle may have the Needle, but North Bend has Si, Mt. Si, that is. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,210 square foot two story is like a lot of houses in the area, built in the 90s with a view of the mountain. They're asking $545,000 for it and the 9,809 square foot lot for a reasonably conventional contemporary house that has a few extra bits like enough room for an office and a gym (or are those just repurposed bedrooms). Outside is a nice garden shed that's almost big enough to be an ADU if it was in Seattle. Further outside is Mt. Si, which may be additional inspiration for the mudroom - a very handy feature after gardening or hiking.
↑ Hmm, another house wired for generator. Either there are a lot of outages, generators were on sale, someone is at sales, or all of the above. The house has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths in 1,670 square feet; so the story is more than just about the generator. The location may be of more interest. For some, it is an easy walk to the outlet stores, and even closer to I-90 and the river. You get some interesting walking choices for $449,500. You also get a 0.92 acre lot that's described as providing plenty of RV parking. Finally, a place to park your collection, or room for your RV-ing guests. That's worth a lot if you've ever tried to park an RV.
↑ One way to make a 9,626 square foot lot seem bigger is to make sure one of your neighbors is a greenbelt, or at least empty land. Couple that with a view of Mt. Si and a 2,420 square foot house can seem much more spacious, as if it wasn't already. The asking price is $525,000 for the house with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The style is upscale with above average appliances and decor inside, and a nicely arranged and landscaped exterior. The buffer out back adds acoustical comfort to make a nice package for folks that like a blend of both.
↑ Get there early and get the good views. This house got there in 1928 when there probably wasn't much more than the railroad, timber, and some farming. Now, it has an excellent location to go with the views. For $349,000, they're offering the 2 bedroom, 2 bath house that has 1,510 square feet inside, and a 9,801 square foot lot. Room for RV parking, again. Buying this house is buying a bit of history, though you may have to do some research to find what those stories were about. There are remodels, undoubtedly; but some things will probably remain the same - like the fireplace in the kitchen and the bay window. Settle into a house that has settled in.
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Written by Tom Trimbath