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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 311

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.

The impressive part about Route 311 isn't that it manages to makes it way from Woodinville, Totem Lake, Kirkland, Clyde Hill, and then Medina on its way to downtown. The impressive part is that it can do in about an hour. Having to deal with 405 and 520, impressive.

↑ Give yourself some space, 5,045 square feet indoors and 1.24 acres outdoors. Give your cars some space (because you're taking the bus, right?) in the three car garage. For most families, 5 bedrooms and 4 baths should be enough space, too; and two of those are master suites for even more space. That's what they're offering for $1,149,500. That and coffered ceilings, a two story foyer, and a library. Why go outside with so much available inside? Someone has to mow that lawn.

↑ Woodinville has a downtown, too. Being within walking distance is one more reason to leave the car(s) in the garage. The house built three years ago, and is already back on the market? Someone is leading a dynamic life. For good reasons or sad, they're leaving behind a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,189 square foot two story with an extra room snuck into the last bit of peaked roof. They're asking $849,950 for a house with fine woodwork trim, accented molding, and a lot that is less than twice the size of the house, 6,011 square feet. At least that means there's less to maintain outside.

↑ Is suburbia the only place with cul-de-sacs backed by greenbelts? This house sits in such a place, and it does so on 0.66 acres. The house is a 3,240 square foot one story, but the ground slopes away quickly enough that it can look like a two story. That also means lower rooms that are cooler in summer and not blasted by wind in winter. The asking price is $562,500 for the 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath accommodations. There's also room for crafts and an office, though maybe you're the type that will spend most of the time outdoors playing with landscaping, or just playing.

↑ The lot is smaller than many houses, 2,929 square feet; but so is the house, 1,550 square feet. If you don't need more, why buy more? They managed to get 4 bedrooms and 3 baths into the space; and by building on a corner they probably get more light, too. The price tag is $429,988 for the 2003 house and lot; but also gets credit for the park across the street. The extra space is probably handy because there isn't much between the buildings. At least there's parking for two.

↑ It has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths; but maybe call them double bedrooms and double baths because it might just be a double wide. That's not good or bad, but it may be why the price is $165,000 and far below the median for recent sales. The 1,224 square foot unit was built (and delivered?) in 1980, and sits on a 4,140 square foot lot; which means the neighbors are never far away. It has the basic amenities. The community has a few more. Maybe that's enough; especially when it possibly means a small or no mortgage. There's a luxury.
· Route 311 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath