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The Ten Cheapest Properties For Sale in Tacoma's North End

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If you're looking to buy a home in Seattle right now and you're not making six-figures, you're probably getting ready to pull your hair out if you haven't already. Inventory is small and stale. Home prices just keep rising. If not already priced out, many Seattleites are getting close to their breaking point. Is that where Tacoma comes in? KIRO recently did a story on the growing trend of priced-out Seattle home shoppers forgoing the bidding wars and heading to Tacoma instead, where they can find affordable options and more space. Sure, you tack on a 40-minute commute (at least), but you get a place you can own and have money left over as well. We decided to follow up on the report and see exactly what people are paying for if and when they give up on Seattle and head south to The City of Destiny. We looked specifically at Tacoma's North End neighborhood, which draws comparisons to Seattle's Queen Anne and has a median home price of just over $300K.


· New housing trend has Seattleites moving to Tacoma [KIRO]
· Seattle Housing Inventory Isn't Just Low, It's Also Stale [CS]
· February Seattle Home Prices Were Up, Which You Already Knew [CS]
· Seattle Home Bidding Wars Way Ahead of National Average [CS]

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1. 708 N L Street, Unit 6 ($134K)

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708 North L Street
Tacoma, WA 98403

We begin with the requisite 2-BR condo. At 864 sf, this affordable living unit comes with in-unit laundry. hardwood floors and a fresh coat of paint. It's right smack dab in the middle of a residential district and seems like it could a good value purchase for a first-timer looking for a place to rest their head.

2. 923 N 13th St, Unit 4 ($144K)

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923 North 13th Street
Tacoma, WA 98403

You like vintage-living? Try this Engine House 2-BR condo for $144K. Featuring a two-level set-up, the main floor is lined with exposed brick and a lot of love and work could turn it into a pretty cool living space. Big rooms, open space and a private deck, too. Very close to schools as well.

3. 1617 Division Ave, Unit 2 ($162K)

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1617 Division Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

If you want something a little more modern and needing much less work, try this four level townhome with three bedrooms & 1.5 baths for $162K. Lots of storage and some interesting possibilities for the attic space and basement. The complex itself looks pretty nice and well-kept as well.

4. 1006 N Yakima Ave, Unit 2 ($174K)

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1006 North Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

$174K and we're already in the range of a place referring to itself as a "luxury condo." This 911 sf 2-BR remodel includes granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a full-length covered private balcony. On the market since November, that price might come down a bit more yet.

5. 4802 N 30th Street ($185K)

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4802 North 30th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

The first single-family home on the list, this 1,128 sf 2-BR is pretty cute and vintage. The kitchen is open and bright with an attached enclosed porch that leads to the large basement. Down there, lots of possibilities. The whole place is on a 6K sf. lot. What else could you do with the land?

6. 3636 N Huson Street ($185K)

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3636 North Huson Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

This 1911 Craftsman Cottage has seen better days but it's a short sale and already all the way down from an inertial $250K ask. If you're willing to put in the time and sweat, there's potential. The 1,718 sf. 3-BR still has original unpainted dark woodwork and trim as well as a claw foot tub in the bath.

7. 4620 N 21st Street ($190K)

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4620 North 21st Street
Tacoma, WA 98406

This 3-BR rambler is another short sale but it's move-in ready. The 1,300 home sits on a 6K lot and offers a nice fenced space out back, though you've got some gardening to do out front. It'll need some work but if you're up for it, there's potential here.

8. 1411 N Proctor ($204K)

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1411 North Proctor Street
Tacoma, WA 98406

Up next, a 40's Art Deco with coved ceilings, wood burning fireplace, crystal doorknobs & hardwood floors. The semi-finished basement boasts a large rec room, laundry, garage and wine cellar. Looks to be in good shape and we're wondering what's going on in that "secret garden" rear yard.

9. 4419 N 26th Street ($210K)

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4419 North 26th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

The best-looking home on the list from first glance, we're immediately wary when the listing refers to it as a "diamond in the rough." Now we're wondering how rough that rough is. Still, the 2,028 sf. (!!!) 3-BR is in decent shape and features new paint, a living room fireplace, built-in china cabinet and hardwood floors that can either be updated or kept as-is you don't mind that distressed look.

10. 4814 N 15th Street ($215K)

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4814 North 15th Street
Tacoma, WA 98406

After so many 1-2K sf homes, we're a little let down by this 900sf 3-BR, but that's not the house's fault. This 1949 charmer has been updated and kept in good condition. Features finished hardwood floors,new stainless steel appliances, new washer & dryer and a fully fenced backyard. Big covered driveway as well for multiple vehicles.

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1. 708 N L Street, Unit 6 ($134K)

708 North L Street, Tacoma, WA 98403

We begin with the requisite 2-BR condo. At 864 sf, this affordable living unit comes with in-unit laundry. hardwood floors and a fresh coat of paint. It's right smack dab in the middle of a residential district and seems like it could a good value purchase for a first-timer looking for a place to rest their head.

708 North L Street
Tacoma, WA 98403

2. 923 N 13th St, Unit 4 ($144K)

923 North 13th Street, Tacoma, WA 98403

You like vintage-living? Try this Engine House 2-BR condo for $144K. Featuring a two-level set-up, the main floor is lined with exposed brick and a lot of love and work could turn it into a pretty cool living space. Big rooms, open space and a private deck, too. Very close to schools as well.

923 North 13th Street
Tacoma, WA 98403

3. 1617 Division Ave, Unit 2 ($162K)

1617 Division Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403

If you want something a little more modern and needing much less work, try this four level townhome with three bedrooms & 1.5 baths for $162K. Lots of storage and some interesting possibilities for the attic space and basement. The complex itself looks pretty nice and well-kept as well.

1617 Division Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

4. 1006 N Yakima Ave, Unit 2 ($174K)

1006 North Yakima Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403

$174K and we're already in the range of a place referring to itself as a "luxury condo." This 911 sf 2-BR remodel includes granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a full-length covered private balcony. On the market since November, that price might come down a bit more yet.

1006 North Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

5. 4802 N 30th Street ($185K)

4802 North 30th Street, Tacoma, WA 98407

The first single-family home on the list, this 1,128 sf 2-BR is pretty cute and vintage. The kitchen is open and bright with an attached enclosed porch that leads to the large basement. Down there, lots of possibilities. The whole place is on a 6K sf. lot. What else could you do with the land?

4802 North 30th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

6. 3636 N Huson Street ($185K)

3636 North Huson Street, Tacoma, WA 98407

This 1911 Craftsman Cottage has seen better days but it's a short sale and already all the way down from an inertial $250K ask. If you're willing to put in the time and sweat, there's potential. The 1,718 sf. 3-BR still has original unpainted dark woodwork and trim as well as a claw foot tub in the bath.

3636 North Huson Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

7. 4620 N 21st Street ($190K)

4620 North 21st Street, Tacoma, WA 98406

This 3-BR rambler is another short sale but it's move-in ready. The 1,300 home sits on a 6K lot and offers a nice fenced space out back, though you've got some gardening to do out front. It'll need some work but if you're up for it, there's potential here.

4620 North 21st Street
Tacoma, WA 98406

8. 1411 N Proctor ($204K)

1411 North Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA 98406

Up next, a 40's Art Deco with coved ceilings, wood burning fireplace, crystal doorknobs & hardwood floors. The semi-finished basement boasts a large rec room, laundry, garage and wine cellar. Looks to be in good shape and we're wondering what's going on in that "secret garden" rear yard.

1411 North Proctor Street
Tacoma, WA 98406

9. 4419 N 26th Street ($210K)

4419 North 26th Street, Tacoma, WA 98407

The best-looking home on the list from first glance, we're immediately wary when the listing refers to it as a "diamond in the rough." Now we're wondering how rough that rough is. Still, the 2,028 sf. (!!!) 3-BR is in decent shape and features new paint, a living room fireplace, built-in china cabinet and hardwood floors that can either be updated or kept as-is you don't mind that distressed look.

4419 North 26th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407

10. 4814 N 15th Street ($215K)

4814 North 15th Street, Tacoma, WA 98406

After so many 1-2K sf homes, we're a little let down by this 900sf 3-BR, but that's not the house's fault. This 1949 charmer has been updated and kept in good condition. Features finished hardwood floors,new stainless steel appliances, new washer & dryer and a fully fenced backyard. Big covered driveway as well for multiple vehicles.

4814 North 15th Street
Tacoma, WA 98406