North of Seattle and south of Everett sits neighborhoods of homes listed for less than a half a million. For the right commute, these may be the right houses. Take a look.
It may be late in the season for a harvest, but there’s plenty of time to get a garden ready for spring. Raised beds and fencing help fill the 9,583-square-foot lot that also holds a 1,140-square-foot home. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom rambler was built in 1955. Since then, appliances have been updated, though the cabinets don’t look to be as recent. For $299,950, live between Martha and Silver Lakes along McCollum Park Trail.
Another rambler in nearly the same neighborhood is listed at $315,000. The extra price includes a larger house (three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,452 square feet inside), and a larger lot (a quarter acre). It’s a bit newer, 1966, but more than fifty years of use suggest it would benefit from inevitable updates. The largest improvement is probably the extra large Trex deck that overlooks the fenced and largely open backyard.
Someone in 1948 didn’t adhere to the soon-to-be-traditional rambler model by putting the front door under the peak of the roof, rather than along the long side. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom house has 1,240 square feet inside. Wood-inlaid floors are a nice touch. A newer roof and kitchen mean two fewer projects. Outside, find a 8,712-square-foot lot and a fenced backyard. It’s offered at $375,000.
A rambler offered at the same price ($375,000) from about the same era (1942) comes equipped with a sun room, a welcome retreat for catching photons during our chilly season. Take a tour to see how well the traffic and open kitchen arrangement integrate. The basic stats are similar but slightly sized-up: three bedrooms, one bathroom, 1,392 square feet on a 9,583 square-foot lot. Enjoy the corner brick fireplace.
Here’s an uncommon combination: three bedrooms and one bathroom in less than a thousand square feet—specifically, 936. A small house means more outdoor space on the 10,454-square-foot lot. Kids, pets, and projects get more room to roam. The one-story house was built in 1960. As for updates, the kitchen cabinets appear to be well-preserved and vintage, and the appliances seem to be invisible. At $389,000, possibly budget for a range or fridge.