Minor isn't some minor Seattle neighborhood. It's part of Central District which is currently one of the most up and coming regions of the city, for better or worse. Named for T.T. Minor (or perhaps for the school named for T.T. Minor), it's only a matter of time before more homeowners that wouldn't have thought about it before will start thinking about this spot. So let's see what they might find.
A major restoration of a 1928 building should be applauded for maintaining the classic features of coved ceilings, arched passages, tiled kitchen and bath, inlaid panels, and a fluted mantel. At least for this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit that faces downtown, they've managed to find that balance between old and modern. It is also impressive that they fit all of those features into a 464 square foot space for the price of $269,000 (plus $352 per month.)
For a much more modern interior in a slightly older building, 1924, there's a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 632 square foot condo in a co-op. They're charging $314,852 (plus $425 per month) for a place that is more streamlined. Cabinets, cupboards, and closets shine enough to reflect the ceiling lights. Co- things are back in style, for good reasons. See how long this one has been around.
Start with the light fixtures if you want to see some original, functional art. They've seen a lot of changes in bulbs since they were installed in 1924. The unit is a "bungalow court-style condo", an old idea that may come back again as people live smaller and share spaces. For $450,000 you get a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom home that has 846 square feet, which suggests larger than normal rooms. There's also a detached garage that has history in its walls. For something a bit more modern, check out the stainless steel appliances.
At $569,000 you can get a house; a 1,120 square foot Craftsman from 1900 that has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. It sits on a 5,401 square foot lot that is terraced in front, and holds a large brick patio out back. The trellis already has at least one vine trained to cover your sitting area with leaves, flowers, and bees - at least in season. Inside you'll find hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with checkerboard tiles, and high ceilings.
As part of a 2005 pocket community, you get to share a common area with your neighbors. Sounds very cooperative. Your space could be the $575,000, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home that was built to be eco-friendly. It fits the living space into a modern 960 square feet. A garage and shop are the functional bonuses that can help make the place work, as well. Evidently, not everything in Minor has been since the previous century. Nice to see some of the better ideas survive.
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