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Six homes for sale along Metro route 31

From Magnolia to the U District

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1517 Magnolia Way W | Via Windermere

Sometimes it’s fun to explore a route that doesn’t go downtown at all. King County Metro route 31 is one of those buses—while it might help someone from hard-to-reach Magnolia make a transfer, it’s not going to take them very far south of the Ship Canal.

This is a busy bus: Starting in the south portion of Magnolia, it loops around the eastern edge of the neighborhood before crossing over Interbay, running along Nickerson Street in what is only technically Queen Anne, then crossing the canal via the Fremont Bridge.

From there, it cruises through Wallingford past Gas Works before ending its run in the University District. Westbound, it starts a little farther east at Children’s Hospital.

The east-west route makes it ideal for a trip to the park, commuting to the U District, or just getting out of Magnolia. We’ve found six notable homes along the route—which runs almost exclusively along slopes with water views. Be warned: Prices in these neighborhood are not for the faint of heart or thin of wallet (but we can dream).

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1. 1537 Thorndyke Avenue W

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1537 Thorndyke Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199

This 1924 Tudor Revival in Magnolia has an unassuming brick exterior and a Craftsman-esque interior, complete with built-ins and a handsome fireplace with a white mantle. Two bedrooms upstairs have fun ceiling shapes from the roof, including one nestled in the peak. Another in the thoughtfully finished basement is just off a second living room and has its own entrance to the yard. The asking price is $1.43 million.

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2. 1517 Magnolia Way W

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1517 Magnolia Way W
Seattle, WA 98199

This extremely precious three-bedroom, Tudor-inspired storybook home in Magnolia has multiple fairy-tale features: leaded glass, a stone exterior, and cozy little nooks and crannies. It, fittingly, also has an adorable backyard with both a lawn and pockets of plantings. It’s listed for $1.24 million.

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3. 2736 Third Avenue N

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2736 3rd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

This 1910 home technically on the north slope of Queen Anne—it’s closer to the center of Fremont—is the kind of classic Craftsman just coming off Victorian styles. Inside, a lot of the details are still there, like a prominent bannister at the entrance, cased openings, and window benches. A finished basement adds extra space, and a patio-dominant yard uses less water than a lawn. It’s listed for $1.14 million.

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4. 2766 Westlake Ave N

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2766 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

This one-bedroom floating home on a cooperatively-owned doc in Westlake is listed for $865,000, and includes an incredible amount of outdoor living space—plus a pretty setting with both trees and water.

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5. 200 NE 42nd St

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200 NE 42nd St
Seattle, WA 98105

Deboard in Wallingford for this three-bedroom, lavender Craftsman built in 1918, with a wide front porch outside and classic built-ins on the inside. The corner-lot yard includes both a lawn and a large patio, surrounded by a high, wooden fence. It’s asking $750,000, down about $50,000 from when it was first listed.

6. 4030 Fifth Avenue NE

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4030 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

This three-bedroom Wallingford Craftsman still has a ton of 1902 details, including crawlspaces, bay windows, and a clawfoot tub. One more exciting upgrade, though, is a large, brick fireplace cascading through the backyard, framing a large patio for outdoor gatherings. The asking price is $782,000.

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1. 1537 Thorndyke Avenue W

1537 Thorndyke Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199
Via Zip Realty

This 1924 Tudor Revival in Magnolia has an unassuming brick exterior and a Craftsman-esque interior, complete with built-ins and a handsome fireplace with a white mantle. Two bedrooms upstairs have fun ceiling shapes from the roof, including one nestled in the peak. Another in the thoughtfully finished basement is just off a second living room and has its own entrance to the yard. The asking price is $1.43 million.

1537 Thorndyke Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199

2. 1517 Magnolia Way W

1517 Magnolia Way W, Seattle, WA 98199
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This extremely precious three-bedroom, Tudor-inspired storybook home in Magnolia has multiple fairy-tale features: leaded glass, a stone exterior, and cozy little nooks and crannies. It, fittingly, also has an adorable backyard with both a lawn and pockets of plantings. It’s listed for $1.24 million.

1517 Magnolia Way W
Seattle, WA 98199

3. 2736 Third Avenue N

2736 3rd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Via Compass

This 1910 home technically on the north slope of Queen Anne—it’s closer to the center of Fremont—is the kind of classic Craftsman just coming off Victorian styles. Inside, a lot of the details are still there, like a prominent bannister at the entrance, cased openings, and window benches. A finished basement adds extra space, and a patio-dominant yard uses less water than a lawn. It’s listed for $1.14 million.

2736 3rd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

4. 2766 Westlake Ave N

2766 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Virtuance/Courtesy of Special Agents Realty

This one-bedroom floating home on a cooperatively-owned doc in Westlake is listed for $865,000, and includes an incredible amount of outdoor living space—plus a pretty setting with both trees and water.

2766 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

5. 200 NE 42nd St

200 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105

Deboard in Wallingford for this three-bedroom, lavender Craftsman built in 1918, with a wide front porch outside and classic built-ins on the inside. The corner-lot yard includes both a lawn and a large patio, surrounded by a high, wooden fence. It’s asking $750,000, down about $50,000 from when it was first listed.

200 NE 42nd St
Seattle, WA 98105

6. 4030 Fifth Avenue NE

4030 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
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This three-bedroom Wallingford Craftsman still has a ton of 1902 details, including crawlspaces, bay windows, and a clawfoot tub. One more exciting upgrade, though, is a large, brick fireplace cascading through the backyard, framing a large patio for outdoor gatherings. The asking price is $782,000.

4030 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105