Welcome to Tiny Homes, an idea that is more popular with minimalists than with neighborhood associations and zoning boards. We'll point out the fun parts. You'll have to check out the logistics and legalities - but this one's been around a while, and just came onto the market.
Sure, this house was built in the Roaring Twenties, but how roaring do you think the Twenties were in Renton? The Montlake Cut was about ten years old, and the newly exposed shoreline and swampland around Lake Washington was still draining and drying. Boeing hadn't even shown up, yet. Whether they built for the coal mining (Yes, there's coal in them thar hills) or any of the new businesses, they didn't build much. Evidently, though, they built it well enough because this 1 bedroom, 1 bath house that is only 510 square feet is still around and up for sale at $200,000. It is a Craftsman, and was probably built by one. Simple and basic, and clean; it also has small touches that can be big benefits, like two porches, a 4,500 square foot lot for gardening, and a detached garage. The house is in downtown Renton, an easy walk to a lot more options than a hundred years ago: Boeing, PACCAR, and not far from two ways to play: Wizards of the Coast and the Seahawks Training Facility. Keep it simple; at least that's what the original builders did.
· 238 Wells Ave N, Renton [Zillow]
· All Tiny Homes coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath