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.
Yes, it is possible to live and work within Bellevue, and have a bus that will take you to downtown - Bellevue. The area does have more than one downtown, eh. From Eastgate and Bellevue Community College, up to Crossroads and Overlake, then to the Bellevue Transit Center in downtown Bellevue, route 226 swings through the center of the Eastside.
↑ Just south of Eastgate, across a little road called I-90, is a house for sale with 4 bedrooms, 1.1 baths, and 1,700 square feet for $558,000. The number of bathrooms alone should tell you that this house isn't new, built in 1955. It's certainly looking updated and care for. The single, long, exposed roof beam is a mark of the era. That bathroom probably wasn't original, nor the kitchen. The biggest changes are that divided highway. Back when the house was built, the traffic went through Renton and Issaquah. Ah, it was probably quieter then. Now, well, at least it's commuter convenient.
↑ There may only be 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, but the baths are nice. At least that upgrade happened. The kitchen looks newer, too. For $539,000, this 1,210 square foot rambler from the quiet mid-50s is for sale. One advantage of buying a 60 year old house, the landscaping has as least a few mature elements. The lilac definitely looks happy. As for location, it has that commuter convenience again. A walk across to the Park & Ride gets you to the bus, and I-90 drops you into downtown Seattle or carries you up to the mountains. Handy.
↑ If you need the four parking spaces for your vehicles, you're probably not taking the bus - unless they're all collectibles that never move. That much parking is uncommon for townhouses. There aren't even that many bedrooms. Well, at least there's room for guests at this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath 1,358 square foot townhouse. The sellers are asking $415,000, a little less than some of the others, but even closer to Bellevue Community College. Walk to classes. And then, when you get home, enjoy a double-headed shower. Wash away those school day cares.
↑ Here's a townhouse for roommates: 2 bedrooms both of which are masters; 2.5 baths, which probably puts one bath for each bedroom with a half bath left over for the visitors; on 1,299 square feet for $385,000. Students may have a tough time finding the money to buy a unit. Is that what parents are for? The unit doesn't look 20 years old. The walls are painted in trendy colors that are either just passing out of style, or just coming back. A nice quieting feature is the greenbelt out back. No extra charge, probably.
↑ Over by Robinswood Park is a refreshingly remodeled rambler. They cleared it out, cleaned it up, and modernized a fair amount - a good thing to do with a 60 year old house. Now, the 3 bedrooms and 1 bath are up for $535,000. It's on the opposite side of the park from route 226, but that just means you get to, or have to, walk through the park twice a day. That could be a nice, natural transition. The property is a 0.27 acre lot, so creating a bit of nature to blend with the park or to express your own style is an option.
· Robinswood Park [BP]
· Bellevue Community College [BCC]
· Route 226 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath