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12 great Seattle-area starter homes

Notable homes at a lower price than most

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So you’re looking to buy a home for the first time. It can get pretty overwhelming, especially with Seattle home prices and a general lack of affordable homes nationwide. There’s still plenty to see—and plenty of homes to fall in love with.

“Starter home” can seem like an arbitrary term—after all, everyone has a different starting point. Here, we set a limit of $400,000, which is still steep for some, but comparably low to the King County-wide median home sale price of $658,000.

We found a mix of condos, townhouses, and single-family homes in decent shape, from a First Hill condo to a SeaTac rambler.

Those looking for a house or something family-size need to go a little farther out. Many of these homes are just outside the city limits but still in great communities for settling down in.

Here are 12 notable homes in and around Seattle, from $200,000 to $400,000.

Map points are ordered north to south.

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1. 120 14th Avenue Unit 6: $200,000

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120 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

This 1928 one-bedroom condo in the First Hill/Squire Park area has a townhome feel, thanks to its own outside entrance along a shared courtyard with seating and barbeques. Inside, find huge closets and a washer and dryer in the bedroom—a space-saver in the 447 square feet. $188 in HOAs are a total steal.

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2. 6735 Shaffer Avenue South: $379,950

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6735 Shaffer Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

This craftsman-style townhome in the mixed-income New Holly redevelopment has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a covered front porch, and a private fenced yard. The home’s layout make it seem more like a single-family house, especially with more than 1,300 square feet of space.

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3. 8436 26th Avenue Southwest Unit C: $335,000

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8436 26th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

This two-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot townhouse near Westwood Village has a lofted feel, with cathedral ceilings over the living area reaching into an upper loft. It shares a courtyard with several other units, perhaps contributing to the $340 a month in HOAs.

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4. 9615 10th Avenue Southwest: $400,000

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9615 10th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

This eggshell blue rambler in Highland Park has a gigantic yard outside, plus three bedrooms and a bonus room inside 990 square feet. A semi-open living, dining, and kitchen area has new hardwood floors.

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5. 9813 31st Avenue Southwest: $400,000

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9813 31st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

Out in West Seattle’s Arbor Heights neighborhood, this little 670-square-foot two-bedroom has a fenced backyard and a greenery-lined backyard with raised beds ready to go, plus a new patio. Hardwood floors cover most of the interior, including a large living room and kitchen for the home’s size.

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6. 9843 61st Avenue South: $370,000

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9843 61st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Air conditioning isn’t normally a quality one would expect in a Seattle-area starter home, but here it is in this Rainier Beach two-bedroom. Other key features: a large new deck, a storage shed, and a fresh paint job.

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7. 10306 51st Avenue South: $319,950

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10306 51st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98178

Just south of Kubota Garden, this well-kept, three-bedroom rambler has hardwood floors and fresh wiring. A well-landscaped backyard features a fire pit; out front, a literal white picket fence.

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8. 1209 South 115th Street: $240,000

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1209 S 115th St
Seattle, WA 98168

This cute little Burien house from 1943 is only 600 square feet, but still manages to pack in two bedrooms. Skylights keep the living area in natural light from the vaulted ceiling; a wood stove keeps it cozy. The bedrooms are, of course, small, but the yard is pretty big.

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9. 2465 South 121st Street: $340,000

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2465 S 121st St
Seattle, WA 98168

Come for the big front stoop, stay for the equally-gigantic living room with hardwood floors. This three-bedroom rambler in Burien’s Boulevard Park neighborhood also has a gigantic, fenced backyard.

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10. 13012 15th Avenue South: $289,000

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13012 15th Ave S
Burien, WA 98168

In Burien, this two-bedroom midcentury rambler is listed for around $30,000 more than it was last year—but it still comes in under $300,000. An open living area has high, vaulted ceilings which extend down to the bedrooms. A large backyard could be a pretty intense project for someone that’s looking for one.

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11. 703 South 138th Place: $385,000

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703 S 138th Pl
Burien, WA 98168

This Boulevard Park rambler may have been someone’s starter home back in 1961—and it’s on the market for the first time now. It’s had a lot of work done recently, including refinished hardwoods, new paint, and an updated kitchen, but the original millwork and fireplace remain. The fully-fenced backyard has a patio and fruit trees.

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12. 16206 34th Avenue South: $349,995

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16206 34th Ave S
SeaTac, WA 98188

This 1949 brick rambler on a quarter acre in SeaTac—just a few blocks from the airport—has a huge deck, plus a shed and a fire pit in the yard. The detached garage and carport match the home’s design. Inside, the two bedrooms are huge and feature hardwood floors. Its airport proximity means it’s also within walking distance of light rail.

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1. 120 14th Avenue Unit 6: $200,000

120 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Via Real Living Northwest

This 1928 one-bedroom condo in the First Hill/Squire Park area has a townhome feel, thanks to its own outside entrance along a shared courtyard with seating and barbeques. Inside, find huge closets and a washer and dryer in the bedroom—a space-saver in the 447 square feet. $188 in HOAs are a total steal.

120 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

2. 6735 Shaffer Avenue South: $379,950

6735 Shaffer Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
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This craftsman-style townhome in the mixed-income New Holly redevelopment has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a covered front porch, and a private fenced yard. The home’s layout make it seem more like a single-family house, especially with more than 1,300 square feet of space.

6735 Shaffer Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

3. 8436 26th Avenue Southwest Unit C: $335,000

8436 26th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Dwellings Seattle Real Estate

This two-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot townhouse near Westwood Village has a lofted feel, with cathedral ceilings over the living area reaching into an upper loft. It shares a courtyard with several other units, perhaps contributing to the $340 a month in HOAs.

8436 26th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

4. 9615 10th Avenue Southwest: $400,000

9615 10th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
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This eggshell blue rambler in Highland Park has a gigantic yard outside, plus three bedrooms and a bonus room inside 990 square feet. A semi-open living, dining, and kitchen area has new hardwood floors.

9615 10th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

5. 9813 31st Avenue Southwest: $400,000

9813 31st Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
Via Windermere

Out in West Seattle’s Arbor Heights neighborhood, this little 670-square-foot two-bedroom has a fenced backyard and a greenery-lined backyard with raised beds ready to go, plus a new patio. Hardwood floors cover most of the interior, including a large living room and kitchen for the home’s size.

9813 31st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

6. 9843 61st Avenue South: $370,000

9843 61st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Via Windermere

Air conditioning isn’t normally a quality one would expect in a Seattle-area starter home, but here it is in this Rainier Beach two-bedroom. Other key features: a large new deck, a storage shed, and a fresh paint job.

9843 61st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

7. 10306 51st Avenue South: $319,950

10306 51st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178
Via North Pacific

Just south of Kubota Garden, this well-kept, three-bedroom rambler has hardwood floors and fresh wiring. A well-landscaped backyard features a fire pit; out front, a literal white picket fence.

10306 51st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98178

8. 1209 South 115th Street: $240,000

1209 S 115th St, Seattle, WA 98168
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This cute little Burien house from 1943 is only 600 square feet, but still manages to pack in two bedrooms. Skylights keep the living area in natural light from the vaulted ceiling; a wood stove keeps it cozy. The bedrooms are, of course, small, but the yard is pretty big.

1209 S 115th St
Seattle, WA 98168

9. 2465 South 121st Street: $340,000

2465 S 121st St, Seattle, WA 98168
Via RSVP

Come for the big front stoop, stay for the equally-gigantic living room with hardwood floors. This three-bedroom rambler in Burien’s Boulevard Park neighborhood also has a gigantic, fenced backyard.

2465 S 121st St
Seattle, WA 98168

10. 13012 15th Avenue South: $289,000

13012 15th Ave S, Burien, WA 98168
Via KW

In Burien, this two-bedroom midcentury rambler is listed for around $30,000 more than it was last year—but it still comes in under $300,000. An open living area has high, vaulted ceilings which extend down to the bedrooms. A large backyard could be a pretty intense project for someone that’s looking for one.

13012 15th Ave S
Burien, WA 98168

11. 703 South 138th Place: $385,000

703 S 138th Pl, Burien, WA 98168
Via Windermere

This Boulevard Park rambler may have been someone’s starter home back in 1961—and it’s on the market for the first time now. It’s had a lot of work done recently, including refinished hardwoods, new paint, and an updated kitchen, but the original millwork and fireplace remain. The fully-fenced backyard has a patio and fruit trees.

703 S 138th Pl
Burien, WA 98168

12. 16206 34th Avenue South: $349,995

16206 34th Ave S, SeaTac, WA 98188
Via Michael J Real Estate

This 1949 brick rambler on a quarter acre in SeaTac—just a few blocks from the airport—has a huge deck, plus a shed and a fire pit in the yard. The detached garage and carport match the home’s design. Inside, the two bedrooms are huge and feature hardwood floors. Its airport proximity means it’s also within walking distance of light rail.

16206 34th Ave S
SeaTac, WA 98188