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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 183

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Seattle has buses. (Really, they're throughout King County, and reach into the neighboring counties, too.) 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 183 sounds almost mystical because to get from Kent to Federal Way it passes through Star Lake and Camelot. Maybe sci-fi and fantasy writers should take the trip for inspiration.

↑ Which is more important to you, the "man cave" that lets you watch movies with your motorcycle, or the views that let you watch over an amazing portion of the Kent Valley? This 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,520 square foot house has both. They're asking $529,888 for all of that and the 0.6 acres. You could spend the day with the view and the evening in front of the shows. Is Easy Rider always cued up and ready to play? There are also luxuries like the striped hardwood flooring and the marble bathrooms; so, the house is more than a room and a view. Would they sell to a BMW rider, or a bicyclist?

Northwest Contemporary can mean angled rooflines pointing off in any direction. It also gives you tall ceilings and windows, and lots of space. The house is 3,350 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.25 baths. It was built over forty years ago, 1973, but still looks modern - with some thanks to the updated appliances. One basic, but too uncommon feature is a shop; and then for exercise go play on the sport court. One thing that may not be included in the price of $475,000 is the bed in a doll house. That alone may be worth a visit and a tour.

↑ Another opportunity to shift our language: how many mother-in-law apartments are actually housing mothers-in-law? Whatever you call it, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,750 square foot house has an opportunity for renters, returning family members, or a sanctuary for or from snorers. They're asking $449,000 for it and the 10,500 square foot lot, which also includes a view of The Mountain. Not exactly a front row seat, but if that big picture window is pointed the right way, any eruption will be a nicely framed show. Scary, but nicely framed.

↑ A simple, straightforward 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,080 square foot house that is iconically suburban - and that's a good thing. There's a reason rectangular houses with two-car garages and a big deck out back were built. They work without being fussy about it. Of course, you could buy it for $360,000 and fussy it up a bit. With it and the 7,881 square foot lot you can be as busy as any homeowner tending the existing structure and landscaping - or just relax and leave it as is. Maybe you could both use the simple, straightforward life for a while.

↑ A basic box of a house that looks like the roof could be burped as if it were some enormous container for leftovers. Have fun with your own imagery for this 2 bedroom, 1 bath house that was built in 1952. It has the basics, plus a covered porch for lunch and a covered place for parking. At $209,950, it is priced just at the price that most Seattle Millennials can afford. No data available on what most Kent Millennials can afford. Affordability can be the greatest luxury. Then, if there's money left over, have some fun with paint and plants.
· Route 183 [Metro]
· Seattle Millennials Can Afford a $200K House [CS]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath