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5 of the most affordable homes in Renton

Welcome to an assortment of small houses

A quick peek through real estate listings finds lots of affordable houses in Renton. Look past the fixers and find five affordable homes, relative to their neighbors.

↑ Small houses can have complicated histories. At a glance this 810 square foot house looks like a 1961 two bedroom, one and a half bathroom midcentury, recently upgraded, on a 8,712 square-foot lot. It’s listed at $230,000 now, but last March it was listed at $80,000. A lot happened in a little time. Look deeper and see that the house is partly an old trailer. Innovative, and worth a house inspection.

↑ This 1958 ranch style home was freshly updated last year. The two bedroom 860 square-foot house looks new—fresh appliances, a tile back splash, and quartz counters in the kitchen with a marble counter in the bathroom bring it forward 60 years. Outside, the 7,490 square foot lot has fruit trees and drought-resistant landscaping. Price for the package: $289,950.

↑ A flat near-half acre lot, fenced in the rear, could be just right for some gardener after the snow melts. Sitting on the lot is a three bedroom, one and a half bathroom, one story with 1,140 square feet inside. Some upgrades may be due, depending on the buyer. The 1968-built, $299,950 house has midcentury features like a slate entry and large brick wood-burning fireplace.

↑ Newly remodeled in trendy shades of grey, a 1942 one story with 1,090 square feet inside manages to include four bedrooms and one bathroom. Expect small rooms and maybe a line in the morning. Aside from that, the $299,950 house looks ready for another few decades. With a flat and fenced 5,800 square foot lot there are project opportunities and few things to get in the way. Drop down the hill to 405 and Boeing.

↑ The house with the highest price of the five, $324,500—$25,000 less since it was listed in December—has the most square feet inside, 1,200, and a large, 8,940 square foot lot outside. Typical for a 1950, it has one bathroom for the three bedrooms. With the right lighting and some paint it will look brighter. Time to upgrade!