We checked the listings for the five most affordable homes in Wedgwood, only found six for sale, and two of them mirror each other. About that lack of inventory...
Not a surprise, the home with the lowest price is a condo. It fits two bedrooms and two bathrooms into 880 square feet. A west view helps. Not on the ground floor, so the views are a bit better. Not on the top floor, so still dealing with upstairs neighbors. The biggest sign of the appeal is that at $350,000 it has seen two pending sales in less than a month. Third time’s a charm?
Here are the mirror twins. Both are three bedroom, three bathroom, two story, 1,420 square foot units with the same price, $550,000. They sit beside each other, each on a 3,060 square foot lot. It could sound like part of Seattle’s current desire for density, but they were built thirty years ago, in 1986. In thirty years it would seem like something would be different, but the rooms look like they could be swapped. Evidently, the tile counters and white appliances are a choice that has survived two households well. As for why both are on the market at the same time, that’s a good question to ask an agent.
Add $25,000 to the price, get to $575,000, and get a 1952 one story that is filled with stories. The number of bedrooms goes up to four. The number of bathrooms is one and three-quarter. The yard is a much larger 7,420 square feet. The stories, however, may be worth the tour. Each room is ornate and built from a collection of styles. The listing uses “vintage” to describe the additional features. The lace curtains, tea cup chandelier, and corner fireplace probably stay. You may have to do some visual editing to uncover the rest, but before furnishings go, be impressed with an interesting mix of lifestyles.
Maybe this is the price point for Wedgwood, at least this week. For $585,000 they are offering a three bedroom, one and a half bathroom, 1,690 square foot house they label a Cape Cod that was built in 1946. They describe the kitchen as retro, and can make a good case for it. The tile counters, metal handles, cabinet door slotted for ventilation, and simple, efficient layout look well-enough maintained to be a museum piece, or just the right style for 2016. Peaked archways between the rooms are also distinctive. A mudroom and a workshop add pragmatism. The white picket fencing bordering the 6,010 square foot lot frames the style, nicely.
The next step up is a reach, up to $868,000. That’s what happens when there isn’t much inventory. A showpiece for this 1947 Cape Cod is the updated kitchen with the ubiquitous stainless steel appliances and granite counters. The house has four bedrooms and one and three-quarter bathrooms in its 3,190 square feet; but its extensive decking and landscaping may be what you recall after a tour. Entertaining outside is made easier with a multi-level deck that steps down to tended gardens, a bit of lawn for an open feel, and a path that carries you through the rest of the 6,098 square foot lawn. As for affordable, it will be for someone.