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Five Properties Worth Renting Along Metro Bus Route 201

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.

Work at Boeing Field (officially King County International Airport) but want to sleep where you can shop in Tukwila? Metro's got a route for that: route 154; which also meets up with the Sounder, in case you're coming up from Auburn (another of Boeing's sites.)

↑ The first big question; "How do you feel about pink?" The paint job will make your house easier to find when your friends try to find your new place. For $1,750 per month you get 1,170 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a house. Granted, it is pink; but, inside it is actually normal, which can be refreshing. Because it is a house rental, there's also a yard (fenced), so maybe you can finally start that garden. You might want to use containers, just in case you have to move and want to carry your perennials with you. Pink roses, anyone? Bring your own washer and dryer.

New is good. Is 2011 new enough for you? A 4 bedroom, 2 bath apartment will be available soon for $1,895 per month. New means the appliances are more modern, including the washer and dryer. It's on the second floor, so there shouldn't be too many steps; and there's off-street parking, which you may not need if the buses provide the transportation you need. Check around, the Interurban bike trail may be near.

↑ You've got a pet? Congratulations, it looks like they allow dogs and cats. That's uncommon enough to be precious. Arbor Woods is mostly townhouses. This one is 1,029 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath for $1,100 per month. The units were built in 1978, but renovated in 2011. There's a laundry on-site, and a business center in case you don't want to work from your kitchen table.

↑ The land alone may be worth the price, if you're a gardener. For $1,600 per month, you get 0.4 acres, oh yes, and a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with 1,200 square feet. That much land and the detached garage provide a lot of space for outdoor and indoor projects, or just something to mow and someplace for stuff. At least you won't have to worry about the upstairs or downstairs neighbors.

↑ Good things come to those who wait; but, does that mean that waiting turns it into a good thing? There's a listing for a wait list, so that should tell you something. You can get in line for a unit at Ladera-Heatherwood, an apartment complex that's close to Southcenter Mall, Fort Dent Park, and SeaTac. They wood-burning fireplaces and allow pets, so it has two warming features going for it. But, evidently, it only matters if you can be patient. In this housing market, can you be that patient?
· Southcenter Mall [SM]
· Fort Dent Park [TR]
· King County International Airport [KCIA]
· Route 154 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath