Finding five of the most affordable homes in a neighborhood can also mean finding five of the most expensive homes in a neighborhood when only five homes are for sale. That’s the nature of Seattle’s market in 2017: low inventories.
Start with a 1954 midcentury modern that fits the style with lightly sloped ceilings, exposed beams, and a brick chimney. Step into the kitchen and find retro cabinets. In one of the two bathrooms, find a period green tub. The classic home holds four bedrooms in 2,340 square feet on a large, 9,060 square-foot lot. Today’s price is $425,000, a significant jump from the $80K of thirty years ago. Appreciation at work!
This modern-modern townhome built in 2009 is listed at the same price: $425,000; The three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 1,490-square-foot home fits on a 993-square-foot lot while still managing to leave room for a patio. The main attractions are indoors. Some are visible, like the tile counters on the kitchen island, cherry hardwood floors; but techies may appreciate the CAT-6 cabling hidden in the walls.
Take the price up a notch or two to $549,950 and find a two-bedroom, two-bathroom midcentury ranch built in 1964. Some of that year’s character remains. It is hard to change things like fireplaces, and many will cherish the oak floors. An uncommon bonus is a corner sunroom that overlooks the backyard of the 9,147 square-foot lot. With only 1,620 square feet inside, that leaves a lot of room to roam.
Here’s a luxury few places provide: a quiet commute behind the back fence, thanks to the Interurban Trail, and an even quieter neighbor behind that, thanks to a cemetery. As uncommon as that combination is, the package also comes with a classic Craftsman from 1925 that has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,830 square feet with sweet details throughout. In a modern touch, a bungalow is out back on the 7,405-square-foot lot. List price: $619,950.
Room enough for a Baby Boom family probably inspired this five bedroom, two bathroom, 2,620 square foot house built in 1965. Like some of the others, it is located relatively close to Bitter Lake, Seattle Golf Club, and Shoreline Community College. With a second kitchen downstairs, renters may help with to make the $649,999 house even more affordable. Car fans may like the garage with a rubber floor.