Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, where we scour Seattle's rental listings to see what your monthly budget will get you across the city.
Since it's Micro Week, we decided to look today at tiny dwellings on the market for $200K or less to determine what the differences are and which ones look like they're worth squeezing into. We found four condos and a houseboat across Seattle, just to give you a little variety. Check out the photos and details below and then tell us which lease you'd sign in the poll.
We begin in Queen Anne where a 550 square-foot 1-BR in The Strathmore co-op is available for $179K (plus $577/month in HOAs). Looks like it's a basement-level unit so you get views of people walking by on the sidewalk. You do get some new appliances, a spacious kitchen, and plenty of storage as well. They've already come down $20K on the price since listing so they're looking to move quickly for sure.
Next up we head to Westlake where our old friend the Sugar Shack is still available. This houseboat includes 200 square feet of living space and somehow fits two beds in there. There still room enough for a full kitchen, table, bed, and seating. There's also a bathtub if you're tiny and a shower with a sunlight that opens if you're tall. They're still asking $179K.
Now we head to Pinehurst where you'll find a 484 square-foot 1-BR at 12026 15th Avenue NE for $185K (plus $220/month). The big sell here is the location and you're right on a retail corridor that gets you what you need. You're also pretty close to I-5 for commuting. The unit itself is nice enough though you better bring your own rug cause there's no carpet in the living area.
High Point in West Seattle is our next stop. That's where we'll find a 533 square-foot 1-BR nestled in a bedroom community for $194K (plus $245/month). It's a very bright condo with a big kitchen that includes a large island with eating bar. The living room features a fireplace and leads right to an outdoor deck. There's also an in-unit washer/dryer and your own parking spot outside.
Finally we end up in North Admiral where a 511 square-foot 1-BR at 2316 44th Avenue SW is asking an even $200K (plus $249/month). It's a really nice unit with a distinct layout that gives everything a little space. Amazing what an L-shape can do. The kitchen and bathroom have granite countertops and tile floors while the living room has access to a balcony. Location-wise, you're literally around the corner from the Admiral Junction.