If you live in downtown Seattle there's no ambiguity about being urban. So if you're looking for a place in the middle of all that action, here's the five most affordable options available right now...
Welcome to tiny house living within the walls of a condo. At 419 square feet, there's enough room for a studio layout, nearly everything in one room except for the kitchen and bath. The unit was built in 1994 as part of a 27 story tower that an arch of blue windows and ribs of balconies. They're asking $334,000, which is far below the median house price for much of Seattle. That could be a deal considering that it comes with 24 hour concierge services and various amenities. And, if you need anything else, the city probably has it.
Step the price up to $449,000 and you get a full 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo with 606 square feet. Still tiny by many standards, but at least you can close the door to the bedroom. The choice of cabinetry and paint make for a modern and colorful combination that may be improved by some impressive staging. The building is just over ten years old, built in 2005. Having a movie theater onsite means one fewer reason for venturing out into the city; because, there will be days when staying in is easier than going out.
Book lovers, note this one. From this $559,000 (plus $779 per month) condo you have a view across the street to the city's version of the Library of Alexandria: the Seattle Public Library. Sure, the condo is bigger than the others with its 979 square feet, which includes 1 bedroom and 2 baths (not 2 bedrooms and 1 bath?). Yes, the 2008 building has a pet area; but, no one will have a library in their mansion that will match what you will have simply by crossing the road. Practice seeing a tilted lattice of windows out your window.
If you're more of a foodie, then living within a block of Pike Place Market is like having the ultimate pantry without paying for the square closet footage or shopping to stock it. The 1989 building is only 7 stories tall, so you won't even have to take long to get downstairs. How much fresher do you want your food? The asking price for the condo is $619,000, which has 1 bedroom, 1.1 baths, and 924 square feet of living space. It was remodeled this year. Maybe that means new appliances that need and want to be broken in.
· 2000 1st Ave APT 502 [Zillow]
· 2033 2nd Ave APT 1208 [Zillow]
· 909 5th Ave UNIT 703 [Zillow]
· 2030 Western Ave APT 513 [Zillow]
· 909 5th Ave UNIT 501 [Zillow]