Some neighborhoods are filled with houses from fine yet narrow niches in time and style. Head out to Issaquah for a surprising mix among the least expensive listings.
Start with a Pacific Northwest classic: a log cabin. It was built in 1972, so it isn’t historic, but it’s still iconic. The design includes some unexpected twists, like rope for chinking between the logs, rubber on the roof, and a skylight. The two-bedroom house contains 1,162 square feet of living space including a more conventional kitchen and bathroom. The $405,000 package sits on more than three-quarters of an acre at the base of Tiger Mountain.
Want something a bit more conventional? This 1,800-square-foot rambler is actually older, from 1968, and bigger, at 1,800 square feet. It also has more inside, thanks to three boldly painted bedrooms, and a couple of bathrooms. The listing price is $475,000. The bump in price may reflect the larger lot, at over two acres, that houses fruit trees and a 30-foot-by-40-foot shop. The bright red chicken coop stays. Spread out and enjoy.
Just over a half a million dollars, $525,000, buys a 1961 brick castle on Tiger Mountain complete with tower. In every way, it’s bigger than the first two: five bedrooms, three bathrooms, 3,460 square feet inside, and 5 acres outside. It comes complete with a suite of services: bar, sauna, sport court, a swimming pool, and outbuildings. It also comes with a caveat: The house is being sold as-is, so expect a few things to be non-functioning. Projects!
The acreage continues, this time with a two-acre lot that looks across to Tiger Mountain. Sitting on the land is a 1978 midcentury with its own version of a towering roof. Inside, find two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,920 square feet. Materials like river rock, hickory, and granite reinforce the forest setting. An artist studio is a bonus. The listing is priced at $545,000. Retreat to the hills in fairly modern comfort.
Get down out of the mountains and back into the valley for a much more modern choice: a three bedroom, three bathroom home with 1,434 square feet built on a 2,009-square-foot lot. Vaulted ceilings make it feel larger. Art niches make it more expressive. The house is priced at $598,000 and benefits from proximity to Gilman Village and transit. Its age and size also suggest less maintenance. Go out and play.