Seattle has buses. 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.
From Lake City, through Ravenna, the U District, and then Downtown; sounds like a local's life story, born by the lake, moved south for school, then graduated to a job by the bus tunnel. Route 72 goes that way, whether your life followed that path or not.
↑ If you're going to live in a place called Lake City, it makes sense to buy a place with a view of the lake. It has been 42 years since the last time this 3,250 square foot house was sold. The 5 baths and 3.5 baths hang out over a steep 0.54 acre lot that looks down on the Burke-Gilman trail and out across Lake Washington. Inside there are tall ceilings and windows to match. Keeping those windows clean looks like a task, but how else can you enjoy the view? Inside the house has a variety of luxuries, which isn't surprising for $1,200,000. The residents obviously didn't let the style stand still.
↑ Golfers may care more about the location than the house. Start your round by carrying your clubs a few blocks to Jackson Park Golf Course. Take a look at the house, though. It was built in 2015, which hopefully means it was finished in 2015 and mostly built in 2014. Otherwise, a one month build for a $749,950, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house would make an awesome time lapse video. No one has lived in the 2,616 square feet; so, if there are any scuff marks, check to see if you accidentally wore your cleats inside.
↑ Another newbie, this time for $649,950. The 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath upscale 2,610 square feet were put up for sale near the end of 2014. There are a few atypical touches, like heated concrete floors on one floor and very modern architecture. The rooms are open, so entertaining does not mean being trapped in the kitchen. The bath reflects the fact that most people takes showers instead; and the hot water tank is gone, replaced with - well, hopefully something like hot water on demand. Check to see if the place has a new house smell.
↑ Some houses must speak for themselves. In this case, the listing says little more than 5 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, 2,260 square feet for $525,000; but that may be because the listing is so new. They'll undoubtedly add some details. Right? Or maybe they simply expect a fine and conveniently located house to sell quickly. It could happen, and save them from having to stage the house.
↑ Take your basic, 1960, long linear rambler with 3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths, and know that anything fancy that was added may not be as valuable as fact that kids may have run around enjoying life at the tail end of the Baby Boom. For $399,950 you get the chance to create your own memories, or flashbacks for some of the right age. The kitchen and the deck are highlights; which means you get the opportunity for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Or, of course, you stay indoors and let the kids run around outdoors. At 1,340 square feet, having random chaos running around your chores may be too much of an interruption. It's good to have a yard. Go play.
· Jackson Park Golf Course [SeattleParks]
· Route 72 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath