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The five most affordable condos in Westlake right now

Westlake is Seattle's tiniest neighborhood but it's still packed with condos

Each week we take a look at a Seattle neighborhood and what the five cheapest housing options available therein might be. This week...it's Westlake.

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As we learned this week, Westlake is technically the smallest neighborhood in Seattle. They do manage to pack a lot into that .15 square miles, especially when it comes to condos. In fact, if you're living here, you're almost certainly either living on a floating home, on a houseboat, or in a condo.Checking out those condos, here's the five cheapest ones we could find right this very moment.

The condo may not have views of Lake Union, but the deck on the roof does. One of the features of living in a tiny and skinny neighborhood is being close to views. Walk back down to the unit and lose some of the view, but find a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 847 square foot space that was built in 1995. Bright white describes the ceiling, walls, and appliances. Light wood tones add a bit of warmth without soaking up much light. They're asking $319,000 (plus $388/month dues) for the pet friendly home. Got a water dog?

For $325,000 you can get views from your balcony in this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 616 square foot condo that was built in 1992. The dues are $250/month. Some decorator played with their palette to add a bit more color to the kitchen and hall. Tile work makes the shower more interesting with patterns and colors, instead of white plastic. Have fun watching the planes go by.

Live above it all in a top floor condo. They've listed the 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 940 square foot unit at $460,000. While some seem condo dwellers as transient, this one had the same owner for 34 years. Evidently, it was appealing enough for them. For you, too? The granite and stainless in the kitchen probably weren't in the original 1967 build. The condo's changed. The view's changed. Ready to move in and make a comparison 34 years from now?

Being just a bit bigger puts this end unit over the thousand mark, 1,025 square feet; which is enough to hold 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The kitchen with quartz counters and stainless steel appliances continues those trends. A more modern bath with Jacuzzi and separate shower add the usual luxury. It was built in 1993 and has either been remodeled well, or well maintained for the last 23 years, or both. An asking price of $478,633 makes it and its view available for less than a half a million.

For $525,000 (plus $640/month), the size increases to 1,207 square feet for 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The biggest addition may be the decks. There are two, and they are large. Instead of a skinny balcony that barely fits a couple of chairs, the decks look large enough for grilling and lounging simultaneously. Your pets may approve the extra outdoor space. The unit was built in 1999 at the far southern end of the tiny neighborhood. Buy it and you may be close enough to consider yourself part of South Lake Union. Seattle shifts, yet again.

· 559 Mcgraw St APT 301 [Zillow]

· 701 Galer St APT 404 [Zillow]

· 2001 Westlake Ave N UNIT 41 [Zillow]

· 1000 Aurora Ave N APT 310 [Zillow]