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Tiny Victorian on Phinney Ridge Could Be Your Pied-à-Terre

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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 has been on Phinney Ridge since 1900.


Seattle is getting denser. It's the only way to fit more people into the city; so, you've got to take care looking at the numbers. The 2,255 square feet describe the lot, not the house. The house is only 700 square feet. There are mansions on the Eastside that could fit the entire package into one wing. On Phinney, $395,000 gets you a 2 bedroom, 1 bath Victorian that was built when the residents could remember the Victorian era as an era, not a just a style. Compact, tiny, efficient, pick your adjectives to describe a space big enough for a small family, or one or two people with a room left over for an office. The yard is fully fenced, so the kids and pets can roam free - within 2,255 square feet; and it's already equipped with veggie boxes - which, hopefully, the kids and pets won't dig up. The house may be historic, but the decorations and appliances are modern and efficient, except for the claw foot tub. Peaked ceilings give the rooms a bit more space, and the remaining attic has been cleaned up for storage. Seattle's desire for smaller spaces isn't a new idea, it's a return to where it started.

· 7209 5th Ave NW [Zillow]
· All Tiny Homes coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath