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West Seattle Craftsman lists just before Christmas

Did a $589K house fit in a stocking?

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Let’s hope that, even in Seattle’s crazy real estate market, they didn’t have to show the house on Christmas Day. Of course, that’s what’s possible when you list your house three days before the holiday. Maybe a good enough offer was the present they were hoping for.

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The house is a 1916 Craftsman that has been turned into a 2016 Craftsman. While things like the hardwood floors and plastered ceilings are more likely original, even such hard to renovate elements like the fireplace have been updated. Whatever the original fireplace was, it probably wasn’t a gas burner with an artistic arrangement of over-sized river rocks and inset fish for a mantel. The art glass beehive of an overhead light looks relatively new, too.

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The most period room may be the dining room with traditional wood trim for baseboards, door and window frames. Step into the kitchen and find modern shiny stainless steel appliances, and tile for counters and back splash.

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With 1,620 square feet inside, there is room for three bedrooms, one and three-quarter bathrooms, and a family room/laundry.

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Most of the 3,400 square foot property has been land- and hard-scaped, minimizing the lawn while providing spaces for practical purposes like parking, ornamental gardens, and an outdoor seating area centered on a gas fire pit.

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Another thing that has and hasn’t changed is the view. The city has grown up in the last 100 years, and the skyline continues to change. Now, there’s a metal spiral staircase that winds up to a view room, a room with the main purpose of seeing Seattle. Need to improve the view some more? Open a skylight, because that may be what they’re there for.

The key question remains, did anyone wrap up this $589,900 present?