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.
Route 28 is a bus that can take you from a private golf course to a public park but is probably best used for commuting from Broadview to downtown, though it also passes by trendy places like Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, and Fremont. A nice slice of NW Seattle.
↑ Maybe you aren't taking the bus if you live across the street from the Seattle Golf Club because you were invited to join, but then, maybe that's how you saved up enough money to afford this $1,500,000 colonial with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 4,468 square feet. Even without an club invite, the house is inviting enough with a salon, sanctuary, and a library. Marble and french doors have been known to sell a house, but this one has been on the market for over a year and has had its price dropped from $1,950,000. That's enough to afford a second house - and this one even comes with a separate carriage house. Such a deal.
↑ Usually 'as-is' is another way of saying 'Oh, dear.', but maybe that's not the case with this 1958 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath that typifies itself as a bungalow. It's a 1,080 square foot house on an 8,060 square foot lot that even has space for a studio. They're asking $524,900. Inside you have your choice of styles from the painted brick hearth; to a very colorful kitchen; to a wood-sided, window and skylight filled side room. Maybe 'as-is' is just a sign of the current market, or a reminder that if you want to change the style, it will be up to you.
↑ In 1923, someone built the 980 square foot house that still sits on this 6,342 square foot lot. In 2013, someone built a 720 square foot house in the space left over. Now, both the house and the officially designated ADU are for sale as a package at $479,000. So, if you really like tiny houses, you can buy two, decide which one you want to live in, and then either rent out the other one or decide to live in both. Combined they are a 1,700 square foot housing arrangement. Separately they are a 3 bedroom, 1 bath; and a 1 bedroom 0.75 bath. How often do you get so many options for under a half million dollars?
↑ Except for the red door, the exterior of this 1950 bungalow is muted, though maybe that's because of the weather. Inside the 2 bedroom, 1 bath 820 square foot house are walls painted rich and bold. For $319,950, this 5,662 square foot property has the basics with a bit of style and plenty of opportunities to express yourself. Or, just enjoy their decorations inside and wait for the rains to return before deciding what to do outside. In the meantime, you'll have a place for yourself. Even your pets will have some room to roam in the fenced back yard. Put out some water though. It's dry out there.
↑ If you don't need a yard, don't buy one. That's why condos exist, and it's one reason they can be much more affordable. This 1988 Bitter Lake condo has an asking price of $165,000, which gets you 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and 707 square feet of living space. And, it gets you access to a suite of amenities like a pool, fitness center, and access to the lake. If it's a top floor unit, you don't even have to deal with anyone stomping around above you. Take the money you saved and go have fun - or maybe invest it. Have you considered real estate? Oh, wait...
· Seattle Golf Club [SGC]
· Route 28 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath