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.
Here's one way to make student housing more affordable, live in Woodinville and take the bus to the U District, and maybe decide that Cascadia in Bothell is close enough. Route 372 will get you there, and can include a tour of Kenmore, Lake City Way, and Lake Forest Park.
↑ Faculty need housing, too. At $629,000, this 2,060 square foot two story house is probably not going to be student housing; but with 0.92 acres, some prof who needs to grow things might just think this it perfect. The 3 bedrooms and 2.75 baths may not be as important as the greenhouse, an outbuilding for storage, and a backyard that abuts a nature preserve. The hour-long bus ride might be the one time to do things like grade papers - or relax.
↑ Is that view from the roof, the deck, or the driveway? If ladders or squinting aren't involved, the view may be worth a large fraction of the $230,000. Another bit of free visual entertainment is the occasional hot air balloon, which hopefully lands safely somewhere else. The house is a basic and apparently well-tended 3 bedroom with 2 baths and 1,452 square feet. The interior is sufficiently modern. The exterior looks designed to blend in with the neighborhood, which can be a good thing considering some of the more radical experiments people live in.
↑ Every house has a mystery, and this one has a blank building out back with no windows and a warped door. What's up with that? For $189,900, go find out. Buy a house for what some will spend on an addition. The builder fit 3 bedrooms and 2 baths into 1,080 square feet. This can be a basic blank slate, just the sort of place for a grad student worried enough about theses and dissertations to be thankful for a quiet house. Shared walls share noises. Live in a house and give yourself some room.
↑ It's that one on the top floor. The one with the arrow outside the window. That's only in the photo, right? For about the price of the previous house, $187,000 you still get 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and about the same square footage, 1,027 square feet. And yes, there is a shared wall or two, but you're on the top floor. Any stomping around you hear from up there better be on Christmas and involve reindeer. You also get those amenities that don't fit in a small house: access to racquetball courts, a swimming pool, a fitness center. Get aerobic after staring at the screen for so many hours.
↑ You know we're just having fun with words, because houses don't have to just sell to instructors and students, but look at the dining room table. It's a table that tilts. Architects and artists appreciate such furniture. It probably doesn't come with the 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo; but it is an inspiration. The condo is small, only 775 square feet, but maybe that's why the price is only $164,450. Sounds like some student loans, but you can sleep in this.
· Cascadia Campus [Cascadia]
· Route 372 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath