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Five Properties Worth Buying Along Metro Bus Route 212

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.

No muss. No fuss. Just jump on the bus and there'll only be a stop or two on your way from Eastgate to Downtown Seattle. Route 212 doesn't get distracted with a lot of extra stops, but then, much of its route is the I-90 floating bridge so the bus might as well just move on through.

↑ With a price like $999,995, will the buyer offer $1,000,000 just to make writing out the check easier, or go to $999,999.99 just because they can? In any case, it is now $50,000 cheaper because they just chopped the price. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath house has 4,318 square feet, but the room that is most memorable may be the kitchen. It looks like it is laid out and lit for a celebrity chef who's about to perform for an in-house audience. The rest of the house is decorated in subtle earth tones, but it is the kitchen that shines. Wear your shades when you cook.

↑ The chef gets a long view in this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Northwest Contemporary. They're asking $859,999 for a house with lots of open space and sightlines for the cook from the kitchen across the dining room and deeper into the rooms. There's 3,390 square feet inside, and the lot is 7,431 square feet outside. More room than most condos. Less acreage than an estate. Whoever gets the master suite gets a sweet bathroom with separated shower and bath, but close enough that water fights could happen. Odds go to the showerer.

↑ Forget about a white picket fence. This property has iron and trees and 0.3 acres that aren't flat. If you lose anything, look downhill. But about the house, a 2,772 square foot one story that sold in 2007 ($800,000) for what they're asking now, $788,000. The price made sense to someone because it had a pending sale - that fell through, which put this 3 bedroom, 2.25 bath house back on the market. It was built in 1996 with wood-trimmed ceilings, a wet bar, and lots of decking. When you have that much land, sit down outside and enjoy it for a while.

The sellers are offering $15,000 at closing that may be used for upgrades at the buyer's discretion. Imagine that in 2015's real estate market. It's that much more impressive because the asking price is $555,000 for this 2,200 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath basement rambler. Maybe they're received some feedback about the bold interior paint scheme, which is a set of colors that worked for at least one resident. You may find that the colors fit you. If you like the inside and the outside, maybe save yourself a lot of time leaving things the way they are.

↑ Let someone else worry about the lawn and the weeds. Buy this condo for $320,000 concentrate on things that matter more to you. The basics are all there are look fine: 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, and 1,212 square feet. If you're a Pixar fan you may be drawn in by the address, A113, a room number that finds its way into every movie. In reality, though, a condo near the bus lines may mean you don't have to hassle with yardwork or car maintenance. What is the extra time worth to you?
· Route 212 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath