Look for a little house on a large lot and usually find the only properties are in far from the city life. Not this time. A small 930 square foot home on 1.19 acres has hit the market in Bellevue at $669,000, a just couple of miles outside of downtown Bellevue and blocks from 520 and 405.
The compact house was built in 1981 in what the listing calls a colonial style. Shake roofing and siding is the most obvious style choice. Even with over an acre to build on, they decided to put the house over the two car garage, minimizing the impact on the land.
Inside is a great room with exposed beams, a gas fireplace, and windows that find that balance between being large without becoming a glass house. Natural wood tones provide contrast around the windows, framing the view of nature.
The kitchen is set to the side, out of the traffic flow but close to the dining area. The appliances are so reflective a tour may be required to discern their color. More warm tones in the cabinets and the continuation of the hardwood flooring emphasize a cozy feel.
One bedroom and a three-quarter bath means more room than in most tiny homes. Feel expansive in a house that matches the way many people are living today: Tinier spaces and smaller households, but with comfort and style.
Carry that comfort downstairs into a heated garage that is also a workshop. No need to shiver in a cold car in the morning.
The bigger story is outside. The acreage is tended and equipped with a sports court (tennis and basketball), a fire pit, gardens, and a gazebo for the spectators.
This is a house that was built small enough to take less time for chores and more room outside, leaving more time and places to play.
- 2804 122nd Pl NE, Bellevue [Zillow]