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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 181

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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.

Are you headed east from Federal Way to take classes at Green River College, or are you by the college but working in Federal Way? Maybe you're in either and want to hit the Supermall, now the Outlet Connection. In any case, Route 181 will carry you to and from a diverse set of destinations.

↑ It isn't raining, so it is time to get outside - but not the time to use the firepit. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,140 square foot house has an asking price of $359,900. The interior is fine. The house was built in 1979, so it has some age, but not as much as many. The nicest features may be outside. The gardens have had thirty-six years to set roots, but the parts the people may appreciate more are the fine deck that overlooks the backyard swingset. Parents and drinks on the deck. Kids in the playground. Maybe an umbrella or a mister. The firepit will just have to wait for the rains to return.

↑ Maybe there's no need for a patio umbrella because this deck is already covered. That's saves you, how much? This 1986 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house has 2,120 square feet inside. They're asking $345,000. Outside there's the covered deck and the rest of the 0.31 acres for finding shade or running through a sprinkler. Inside, there's something that may be more appreciated in February: a solarium style breakfast nook. No need to catch that much sun now, but in a few months that may be the best place to start a day - assuming it faces east.

↑ How can you have acres of beautifully landscaped and tended grass by buying only 7,632 square feet of property? Buy this $329,000 4 bedroom, 2.1 bath house that sits beside a golf course. You buy a 2,760 square foot house. Someone else tends the expansive local foliage. As for errant hooks and slices, check with the neighbors to see if they have to keep a supply of replacement windows handy. Probably not. You're still responsible for the front yard and the already nicely tended interior.

↑ Butt a property up against a greenbelt and nature gets close. In that case, make sure the bigger windows bring in the view, as they do with this 4 bedroom, 2.25 bath 1978 version of a Northwest Contemporary. The asking price is $289,950 which gets you a 2,330 square foot house in Decauter Glen and beside Lakota Creek. That much forest produces a lot of shade, a bit grey in winter and very welcome in summer.

↑ Size and simplicity matter, like a 1962 rambler. No, not the car, this 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 860 square foot house on 8,496 square feet of lot. Some people want a small house and a simple yard. The bigger and fancier it gets, the more time and money it takes to keep it up. There's also the idea of buying a clean slate. In this case, it costs $165,000, which may leave enough money to embark on a long series of projects, indoors and outdoors.
· Green River College [GRC]
· Route 181 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath