A ferry ride away from downtown Seattle drops the median price from $599,950 to $265,000. That’s less than half the price. All five of these homes are cheaper than the median. Save a few hundred thousand dollars versus spending $8.20 to ride a ferry into Seattle, or maybe just work in Bremerton.
Looking past the fixer-uppers, the as-is houses, and the value-is-in-the-land properties uncovers five of the most affordable homes in Bremerton.
This two bedroom, one bathroom house that was built in 1940 is waiting to be someone’s “after” picture. For someone, there are good reasons to buy into this for $124,500: It is relatively tiny (951 square feet), has a “somewhat walkable” Walk Score (61), and has a root cellar to go with the 4,356 square-foot fenced lot. Handy for a frugal gardener.
If the previous house was a Before, this looks like an After. It is also a tiny house (616 square feet) that manages to fit in two bedrooms and one bathroom. A gardener has been at work here, with raised beds already installed on the 2,178 square-foot lot. It was built in 1941, just as the war started and the shipyards got busy. Now, the price is $159,950 for a place only a few blocks from the yards and two miles from the ferry.
For $165,000, this package includes a 1942 house that has some nice interior spaces and a few projects, just like every house. Outside is a fenced quarter-acre lot and an outbuilding for gardening tools. The mudroom is a welcome touch.
The largest and newest of the five is a 1954 rambler with 1,696 square feet inside on a 7,405 square-foot lot. It comes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a price of $167,000. The last remodel year listed is 1978, so it may be due for an upgrade or three; though some of those appliances look newer than that. If storage is a requirement, the extra room may be just the room needed.
A tiny house (768 square feet) on a big lot (0.6 acres) is the dream of many. Getting the package for $170,000 is uncommon. Fitting three bedrooms and one bathroom into the 1943 house suggests tiny rooms, as well. The bright blue exterior is a fun start. Scrape the moss off the roof, open the outbuildings, and generally brighten the place—it could just need a fresh coat of paint, or something a bit more.