A quick check of the listings found that the five most affordable homes in Bellevue were condos. Welcome to the Eastside.
They call this condo a top end unit. Re-imagine it as a penthouse; at least no one is walking on your ceiling. The one bedroom, one bathroom unit was built in Newport Hills in 1969. They emphasize the low maintenance aspects of the 665 square foot space, which may be its own version of luxury. The best news, it’s listed at less than two hundred thousand, $178,000.
Maybe they’re expecting the price alone to sell this one bedroom, one bathroom, 557 square foot condo. This one has almost the same price, $179,000. It’s boasting new appliances. Maybe the sparse listing is just being humble about the rest, whatever that may be.
Imagine the original owners’ delight when these condos that were built in 1976 ended up with Microsoft as a neighbor. Despite such a rich history, a one bedroom, one bathroom, 684 square foot unit only costs $185,000. It has many of the basics, but its greatest benefit may be an incredibly short commute. What’s that worth?
Get above that $200K mark, $220,000, and get a ground floor condo in a smaller and cozier building. In addition to the one bedroom and one bathroom that fit in the 683 square feet, you also get a corner fireplace and a small fenced backyard. A bit of wood-burning ambiance and a place to store the wood can feel rich. Or, start a small container garden, give your pet some outside space (check to see if pets are allowed), or see a bit of land as only the beginning of your homeowning career.
Live on the border of Mercer Slough Park and instead of being across the street from Microsoft you’re able to drop your kayak into the water. Yet another one bedroom, one bathroom unit, this one has 921 square feet. It isn’t in the shadow of I-90, but that’s because it is south of the interstate. The walk to the bridge may be shorter than the drive. They’re asking $260,000 for the opportunity to have Nature as a neighbor in the midst of suburbia.