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.
Here's a classic route: Ballard across to Seattle Pacific up over Queen Anne and down the hill to Downtown. Route 29 hops the hill in about thirty minutes, handy for commuters.
↑ Oh for a townhouse, that half-step between a house and a condo. If you get some stairs, get you some separation, another floor to retreat to if someone is snoring. There's a townhouse with 3 bedrooms and 3.25 baths that has vaulted ceilings and 3 stories. Put an entire floor between you and the snorer, but check to see if the garage counts as the bottom floor of the three. The listing says it is part of the 1,555 square feet inside, in which case, who gets the a room for a person's bed, or for the car's resting place? Whatever the interior arrangements, this $597,000 townhouse has an excellent location for people who love downtown Ballard. Easy to get to everything, including the bus, of course.
↑ Another advantage of some townhouses, a bit of yard; like the fenced yard that goes with this 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 story built in 1999. That bit of yard may not look like much considering the lot is 1,250 square feet; but an efficient gardener can do a lot in a little space. Or, your pet might be glad to get outside. They're asking $474,950 for the 1,520 square foot unit for a unit that looks good and clean, and even has a garage with an overhang so you get a bit more protection from the inevitable rain.
↑ Get a top floor condo and, while you may not have a yard (a bonus for many), you'll get the best chance of views, and no one stomping around on your ceiling - unless the sea gulls get really loud. This 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo was built in 1969, and definitely updated since then. The listing mentions mountain, canal, and city views. They've probably changed since then, too. The 923 square foot condo has an asking price of $400,000 that also gets you the granite, slate, and stainless steel kitchen, and a long skinny deck to watch the views from.
↑ Condos don't have to contain much if the complex has enough amenities; which frees up space within the unit. This 723 square foot unit in Hjarta only has 1 bedroom and 1 bath, but that also means more of the space is devoted to each room. Space, space is very handy. They're asking $329,000. The kitchen has bamboo flooring and quartz counters. The foyer and bedroom have custom closet systems that should also free up space by being a bit more efficient. It has a balcony deck as well, just in case you want to stay home instead of wandering the shops and restaurants of Ballard.
↑ Oh! So close. The asking price for this 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 733 square foot condo is $314,950. Make the mathematicians notice by setting the price at $314,592, truncated pi for a sense of numerical style. The condo's style is more important. That would be modern, with granite counters and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and clean lines around elements like the electric fireplace. It can also be home to your pets, a significant distinction. You all may be glad to be in the midst of Ballard, an easy walk to more than enough - including the bus stop.
· Route 29 [Metro]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath