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5 least expensive houses on Mercer Island

Cheap or affordable seem like the wrong words for such houses

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We browsed the listings and found the five cheapest... No. Mercer Island isn’t cheap. We found the five most affordable houses houses on Mercer Island. Affordability is relative. If that wording doesn’t work for you, think of them as the least expensive. One is even listed at less than a million dollars.

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As the listing suggests, the sloped 0.41 acre lot alone may be worth the $988,000 price. It is on the east side of the island with no major streets between it and the water. The three bedroom, one and three quarter house was built in 1926 when the surrounding trees were much shorter. Now, the view from the 1,880 square foot house is territorial. It is partway through style updates, and waiting for someone to finish the job.

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Step over the million dollar mark with a $1,050,000 price for a four bedroom, three bathroom, 2,750 square foot contemporary that was built in 1967. Think purple and retro for some of the style. The kitchen is more modern, but fireplaces and bathrooms have reminders of the sixties, which will be a good thing for someone. Outside, the 8,925 square foot lot has established gardens, a greenhouse, and a pond.

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A multi-level Midcentury carries some of that 1955 retro flair, too. The right mix of minimalism and some fortunate design choices may make this four bedroom, two bathroom, 3,120 square foot house a bit more timeless. A 0.3 acre lot with gardens is flatter than some lots, but still steep enough to have entrances on different levels. The price of $1,099,000 also buys a location with greenbelt trails for a hike to local shops.

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Retro on the outside, updated on the inside, this four bedroom, three bathroom, 3,030 square foot one story is yet another Midcentury, this one built in 1966. The $1,149,000 property includes a 0.27 acre lot that’s steep enough to have steps leading from the deck down to...something natural. Inside, enjoy a new kitchen and baths, with the added treatments of a gentle archway between rooms, and finely polished floors.

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Fifty years must be just about the right age for selling a house because this Contemporary can also claim Midcentury heritage with its build date of 1963. The era shows up most in the basic architecture of roof line, tall windows, and multi-level living. Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and four fireplaces will the 3,210 square foot two story that is priced at $1,279,000. The sloped 0.38 acre lot is multi-level, too.