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360 square-foot studio cottage in Ballard asks $300K

Even a 360 square foot 1969 house on an 1,804 square foot lot can list at $300,000 in today's Seattle housing market

The description of "studio cottage" should be a strong hint that this house is tiny. It's a studio, so don't be surprised to find the bed in the living room. It's a cottage, so don't expect more than one story. It's tiny, but it's in the city, along major bus routes, near parks and a well-known coffee shop; so, what else would you need?

Even a 360 square foot 1969 house on an 1,804 square foot lot can list at $300,000 in today's Seattle housing market. Back when it was built, was it a studio cottage, or just someone's simple extra space out back? Now, it is the back part of another property that shares access. Sharing is a good thing. The cottage has zero bedrooms, naturally; and 0.75 baths, because at that size, even a bathtub takes up a lot of space.

The tricky thing about small spaces is that people have found out that the smaller the space, the easier it is to add quality and be creative. It's a sweet-looking little space with shingle siding, a rock-walled garden bed, and a bright interior. If you live simply, it doesn't take much to live well. At least, that's the idea.

With the remaining 1,500 square feet outside, there is still an opportunity for a garden space (though some of it may be taken up by a possible parking space), or a patio (because tiny houses greatly benefit from outdoor living spaces), or an outdoor kitchen (in case you don't want to smoke up the entire house with one roast.) You might be able to do all three, but that may take some effort. But that's okay; people who live in tiny houses are creative and resourceful - by necessity.
· 7755 Earl Ave NW [Estately]