Live near the water for under a half a million dollars. That’s still possible in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Here are five of the least expensive homes in the area.
Keep it simple. Start down at $319,950 for a one-story, 1,070-square-foot home from 1954 with enough space for three bedrooms and one bathroom. The kitchen and bath have been updated. Hardwood floors and white walls are an easy canvas for a variety of styles. Outside, mature landscaping encircles the 6,451-square-foot lot that includes a driveway, garage, fenced yard, and a fire pit. Pick work or play.
Upgrades make this 1943 home looks much more up to date, or maybe that’s a testament to good lighting and staging. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom house is also relatively tiny at 780 square feet. The largely open backyard has fencing, a deck, and a shed to fill out the 5,662 square-foot lot. The price, $370,000, includes something that could be in great demand this time of year: air conditioning.
The house may have been built in 1960, but the choices of appliances and fixtures give this three-bedroom, one-bathroom home a much more modern feel. Touches like a futuristic range hood and a built-in wine fridge help. They’re asking $389,900 for the 1,070-square-foot home on a 7,980-square-foot lot. The outdoor landscaping looks fresh. With weather like this, take particular care with new plantings.
Get historic with a 2,310-square-foot home from 1907. The four-bedroom, one-bathroom house is ready for its update. The $439,000 package includes a 5,501 square-foot lot with fencing and mature landscaping. For some, it will be fine as it is. For others, it is an opportunity to dive into projects inside and out. In the meantime, enjoy the use of a detached garage for tools, toys, or maybe even a car.
A midcentury vibe is available for $449,000. The numbers look a bit surprising: seven bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,200 square feet. Check how they’re distributed because it is listed as a duplex (but doesn’t have to be), which explains the second kitchen. It was built in 1958 and has features from that era like the brick fireplace and wide expanses of windows. It all sits on a 6,838-square-foot lot of lawn and shrubbery—and in case the property’s foiliage isn’t enough, trails lead from the property to Kubota Garden.