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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 180

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.

Parking at the airport? Forget about it - that is if you live in Auburn or Kent and the Route 180 bus can get you there and back. That isn't the only place the bus goes, but it is certainly one major benefit, considering parking fees. It will even take you to Burien, or take you from Burien to the airport. It's all good.

↑ How about a house that's about ten years old? That should be new enough for modern appliances with any brand-new-house kinks worked out. They're asking $329,000 for this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two story that also has a deep two car garage; just in case your car is longer than most - or you need a place to park a really long kayak. The house is 2,321 square feet with gleaming floors, in case you don't want to spend money on a mirror. There's a bonus attic room that looks like a space for a small bowling alley, or exercises in perspective. Please, fill it.

↑ How about a house that's twenty years old, but that looks immaculate? Either they've taken exceptional care of this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house, or they've done more than replace the roof, or the photographer was stellar. The asking price is $289,000, under a hundred thousand dollars per bedroom. The square footage inside, 1,660, and the square footage outside, 6,486 limit how much house and yard you'll have to take care of. Maybe that's why they were able to keep the place looking so good. Or, maybe we should give credit to the stager.

↑ Sometimes it is what's outside that matters most. Sure, the boldly painted interior of this 3 bedroom, 1 bath house is impressive; but the big deck, the 0.48 acre lot, and the proximity to Game Farm Park suggests that being able to enjoy good weather will be appreciated. The $265,000 rambler has 2,260 square feet; but from the photos, the deck almost looks as big. The property has a gravel driveway, and probably gravel parking for the toys: RVs, boats, etc. So, there's a savings, no more having to pay for storage.

↑ This is one to judge from the inside more than the outside. Outside it looks like a well-tended 1935 house. Inside it has upgraded, well, it looks like upgraded everything. The basics are a 3 bedrooms and baths; which makes it about one bathroom for every 550 square feet. There are also so elements that just make sense in the Pacific Northwest: a solarium for the dreary days or passive solar heat; a mudroom, for the days when the rain wins the weather battles; and a view of Mt. Rainier, for when the skies clear. That's the package for $238,000.

↑ So, is the long gate and the chain link fence meant to keep out escapees from Game Farm Park? They know the only game there now usually has to deal with soccer, softball, basketball, pickleball, and tennis, right? The relatively secure rambler is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath rambler with 1,180 square feet for $200,000. While it can be fun to make jokes about fencing, pet owners can appreciate having a place for them to play. They even have fresh bark. Oh, a different kind of bark. Well, that's good, too.
· Game Farm Park [APT]
· Route 180 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath