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What $400,000 buys in Seattle right now

A Queen Anne one-bedroom or three bedrooms in the Rainier Valley?

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that usually explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Seattle neighborhoods. Today, we’re switching things up a little and exploring what $400,000 buys around the city.

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Via Bushwick

In lower Queen Anne, this 585-square-foot, one-bedroom corner condo, built in 1930, is full of delightful vintage details— archways, cove ceilings, an almost Victorian-style fireplace with a wooden mantle—plus modern updates like new appliances and in-unit laundry. It may or may not come with parking, but it’s near plentiful transit (and very close to downtown). It’s listed for $375,000, with $349 a month in HOA dues. [Estately]

Via Berkshire Hathaway

In West Seattle near the Morgan Junction, $409,000 (plus $307 a month in HOA dues) buys you a 1,109-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo with a balcony and a wood-burning fireplace, built in 1985. The master has three closets and an en-suite bath. It comes with a parking space, but it’s also near transit, including the C Line. [Berkshire Hathaway]

In the Rainier Valley—pretty far south, right along Lakeridge Park—find a three-bedroom, 1945-built house for $399,950. That includes picture windows with views of Lake Washington and hardwood floors, plus a large back deck overlooking a wooded backyard. An unfinished basement provides more space (and a place to keep laundry facilities). It is about a half-mile from transit, but that includes light rail. [MacPherson’s]

Via KW

$375,000 is the going price for this 477-square-foot studio in Capitol Hill, but at least it has a sleeping nook for some separation. Built in 1928, it maintains vintage features like coved ceilings, archways, and hardwoods, and has a little dining area off the kitchen. A stacked washer and dryer fit in a cabinet, too. The parking situation is unclear, but it’s in a very walkable area close to downtown and transit—including light rail two blocks away. [KW]

This little Lake City fixer, listed for $415,950 and built in 1940, has kind of a weird layout, with a long corridor of a living room, one real bedroom, a den, and a makeshift sleeping nook. High ceilings create interesting shapes that separate the common areas. While it’s small, at 630 square feet, it sits on a 9000-square-foot lot. It’s just a couple of blocks from the 64 and 65 lines. [Windermere]

On the north end of Beacon Hill, this two-bedroom, 804-square-foot condo is listed for $375,000. That includes a master bedroom with an ensuite bath, a gas fireplace, a balcony, and a parking spot. It’s right on the 36 and 60 lines, and not too far from the ID and downtown, either. The building shares a roof deck with water and city views. [Windermere]


Which $400,000 home would you buy?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Queen Anne/Uptown
    (74 votes)
  • 10%
    West Seattle
    (22 votes)
  • 19%
    Rainier Valley
    (41 votes)
  • 13%
    Capitol Hill
    (28 votes)
  • 7%
    Lake City
    (15 votes)
  • 15%
    Beacon Hill
    (32 votes)
212 votes total Vote Now