Seattle has buses. (Really, they're throughout King County, and reach into the neighboring counties, too.) 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 312 starts at school (UW's Cascadia campus) drives through the suburbs (Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Lake City) and ends up Downtown. Sounds like a career path, or a string of lifestyle choices.
↑ If your car and boat collection is a lot smaller, and your budget is too, there's a house with a 2 car garage, a carport for 4, RV parking, and 0.26 acres providing room for other vehicles that can sit on land. Driving in and out is even easy because there's a circular driveway. They're asking $725,000 for a fine house that would be worth a look on its own, but all the parking may be more noticeable when you drive up. Inside, however, there are 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 1,850 square feet with granite tile bath, a second kitchen, and lots of storage. Maybe what it needs to match the mudroom is a grease pit for working on the cars.
↑ If you heard about a $2,998,000 mansion you'd expect waterfront, a dock, a space for your collection of cars, and a golf course nearby. You probably wouldn't expect a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3,210 square foot house and 3.6 acre property to have room for 26 boats and 45 cars; but that's what you can get when you buy a marina along the Sammamish River beside the Wayne Golf Course. Why only have room for a few boats and cars when you can accommodate fleets of each? Of course, for three million you might expect to see the inside of the house on the listing; but maybe that's just a detail for someone with such an expansive collection, or for someone that wants to buy a business.
↑ Along a more conventional line, is a bit of nearly new construction with continually new prices. It started at $688,000 about a year ago, but now is down to $629,900. It is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,478 square foot, open-concept two story with the regular blend of casual and semi-formal spaces. All of that fits on a 7,405 square foot lot where the landscaping is in and waiting. As for why it hasn't sold in a year, well, you just might have to take a tour to find out because it looks fine in the photos.
↑ For some people, downtown Bothell has more than enough. The neighborhood has a "car-dependent" walkability score, but the drive won't be far from this 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,770 square foot custom home. You might, however, decide that after spending $599,000 you'd rather sit under the skylights and enjoy your own version of a solarium. Or, you'll get everyone to come to your house for the entertainment, inside or out. Find out a bit more about the outside, though. The listing mentions a lot size of 9,914 square feet and a 2 acre lot, which math suggests is innovative if not impossible.
↑ How about a 1 car garage plus a bit of a carport plus RV parking? This 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,020 square foot rambler may not have as much room as some of the other houses, but it has a bit of the key pieces from most, and also skips one thing that detracts for many: stairs. Having only one story can make life a lot simpler. They're asking $399,999 for the almost tiny house that was built in 1960. There's also 0.31 acres to work with, whether that's expansions, gardens, more parking, or whatever. If you spent less, you have more to spend, and play with. Right?
· Route 312 [Metro]
· Cascadia [UWC]
· All Bus Tours coverage [CS]
Written by Tom Trimbath