After a month of looking at houses, there are always a few that stand out - purely for the fun of it. Let's see what their status is and whether or not buyers bought in.
It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places; so let's give it the respect it deserves. Sam Hill (yes, there really was a Sam Hill, and he lived in Seattle) had a mansion built on Capitol Hill in 1910. He's gone, but the 5 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom, 11,000 square foot concrete house remains. It sits on ~0.75 acres of mature landscaping. The big improvement was a massive renovation conducted during the last several years. Now, it is listed at $15,000,000 for the mix of classic charm and modern sensibilities.
People originally didn't make distinction between their work and their house, except for maybe the blacksmith. The concept is back again in live/work lofts with much nicer style, like this one designed by Philip Christofides. Upstairs is a modern living space with 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. Downstairs is a powder room on the working level. You get to define the space. Combined, it is a 1,600 space with an asking price of $795,000. Think of the money you'll save on office or studio rentals while living stylishly.
$70K Seattle-based tiny house on wheels rolls in style
Tiny houses are gaining momentum. This one with 300 square feet sits on Queen Anne, a neighborhood not exactly known for tiny houses on wheels. The exterior has a touch of modern because of the sheet metal siding. The interior is more like an English country cottage with whitewashed walls and dark trim. Check out the stairs for some innovative storage options. At $69,500, it can sound expensive; but that's only $232/sq ft. Not bad for up on the hill.
Gorgeous Friday Harbor floating home lists for $550K
To start with, a floating home in Friday Harbor already has a lot going for it. Add in some creativity and innovation, and end up with a house that manages to fit a solarium, library, mini-hot house, and atrium into 650 square feet. The asking price is $550,000 for the 1 bedroom, 1 bath house that can be a retreat, vacation home, or maybe a place you'll like so much that you won't leave. Wave at the ferries and float planes as they come and go.
Marvelous. For $795,000 you can buy a 15 acre farm on Lopez Island with a 1,360 square foot house, a 2,880 square foot barn (it is a farm, you know), multiple outbuildings, and cross-fencing for the livestock or your really big pets. But, you know you'll also have to find an answer to the key question. How did a big red caboose end up on an island? Of course, giving the kids a place to play may be the most valuable part of the property.
· Asking $15 million, Sam Hill Mansion now Seattle's most expensive listing [CS]
· Philip Christofides-designed live/work loft in Columbia City asks $795K [CS]
· $70K Seattle-based tiny house on wheels rolls in style [CS]
· Gorgeous Friday Harbor floating home lists for $550K [CS]
· How did a caboose end up on a $795K Lopez Island farm? [CS]