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Renovated Rainier Beach rambler refreshed at $319K

Renovations happen, but keeping an old element or two helps maintain a house's identity.

Keeping the front door may seem like a small thing during a renovation, but it is a great reminder of a house's heritage. In this case, the five small stacked windows set the tone for this 1959 Midcentury in Rainier Beach that's listed at $319,950.

The low-pitched roof and the exposed ceiling beams that extend over the entry are typical of the era, too. Aside from those few touches, the rest of the one story house has been extensively renovated, 1959 wrapped around 2016. Inside, the house fits two bedrooms and one bathroom into a compact 700 square feet. The kitchen has the trendy stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops.

The most distinctive features outside are the extensive porch and patio. In the front, the porch is big enough to be another living room, though lacking any cover. Out back, the patio lives under an extension of the roofline. It's large enough to double as a carport. Take you pick of how you want to use the space.

With a lot size of 3,959 square feet, there's room left over for a couple patches of lawn, and a strip of garden along the back fence. Of course, if you buy it you can redefine it.

Redefining the property is possible because it just happened. Its most recent sale was for $207,000, a 54% jump in six months. There's a lot that's new in this 57 year old house. Now, it needs a new resident.

· 5547 S Norfolk St [Zillow]