Down in the valley or up on the hills, Kent has variety. Kent also a selection of houses that are listed at less than a third a million dollars. Pick from historic or more modern, and don’t be surprised to find a lot of midcentury ramblers.
Down in the valley, which puts it close to commuter routes, is a three-bedroom (at least one non-conforming), one-bathroom rambler from 1942. It’s basic with a classic design, something for a minimalist that doesn’t need more than 1,000 square feet inside, and who can use a simple, fenced, 7,200-square-foot lot outside. Check the history: The listing price of $264,950 has lasted through a few pending sales. Third time’s the charm?
Head up to the west side of the valley, beyond I-5, for a house with a straighter trip into Seattle. It too is a three-bedroom, one-bathroom rambler. Built in 1959, it holds 970 square feet inside on a sloped 8,276-square-foot lot. The big deck hanging over part of the fenced backyard increases the living space, weather permitting. Priced at $279,900, it includes nice tilework and a jetted tub in the bathroom.
Flip over to the east side of the valley for a much larger house, 2,300 square feet, with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. It’s a 1993 suburban two-story with a foyer, soaring ceilings, and gas fireplaces. As with most newer houses, the lot is smaller, 4,791 square feet, potentially reducing the time spent on yard work. The asking price is $284,000, but check to see if this “cosmetic fixer” needs things like carpets.
Just above downtown is a property some will find ideal. (Isn’t that the case with every house?) It’s a little 750-square-foot bungalow from 1910 that’s close enough to downtown Kent to be convenient, and high enough up the hill to get a valley view from a sloped 8,250-square-foot lot. In Kent, $289,800 gets a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house with period details. Enjoy lounging on the iconic front porch.
Near Mill Creek Park is a 1949 rambler sitting on a large, 10,018-square-foot lot. The two bedrooms and one bathroom get to stretch out in 1,040 square feet of space. Classic wood trim, archways, and stained glass window accents provide a style that is hard to reproduce, especially for a listing price $294,950. Mature landscaping eases burdens, and an outbuilding helps with the remaining yard projects.