Do you fly and shop a lot? This tiny, 770 square foot house sits about halfway between Seatac airport and Southcenter mall. So, it starts by having convenience on its side. A Walk Score of 52 also suggests it might be somewhat possible to get by without a car. Convenience and a simpler lifestyle are bonuses in this $265,000 package. Ah, but what about the main event, the house?
It is a simple design from a supposedly simpler time. (Isn’t selective collective amnesia wonderful?) Built in 1947, just after World War II, it comes with the basics that probably felt like luxuries after years of forced frugality. A cozy fireplace. Check to see if it burns wood or has been switched to gas. Hardwood floors in the living and some other rooms. Period light fixtures. And a simple layout inherent in having just a few rooms.
Retro would truly only apply in the kitchen if they’d never replaced the appliances, but someone’s been good enough to update the range, counters, and dishwasher, at least. The cabinets may be newer, too. The nice touch is that the style was kept simple, and works well with the rest of the house.
Expect few changes in the two bedrooms. Newer tiles surrounding the tub, and newer fixtures lighting the one bathroom are simple improvements. Check to see why they have a clear shower curtain in front of the window. That may not be a style element.
A relatively large lot at 8,250 square feet, at least relative to many more urban properties, provides a home for the garage, which you may or may not need, and some raised beds. Victory Gardens were proof that a lot of veggies can be grown in a small space. One less reason to have to jump in the car.
- 16824 37th Ave S, Seatac [Zillow]