When I drove up to this expensive spec home in Greenlake, I guessed that its steep price reflected the land value more than the building quality. It had that penny-pinching Hardiplank/rough-cedar/splotch-of-shakes siding combo used in most new construction nowadays. Don’t get me wrong; Hardi has a lot of good points, but looking like a million bucks is not one of them.
So I wasn’t expecting much as I walked in – another builder’s special full of pinched rooms and bland finishes, to be exact. I was pleasantly surprised. They put more thought and money into the inside than the outside.
Because it’s new construction, there are a lot of dream-house spaces tucked in here, like a wet bar with a wine fridge, a walk-in pantry, a huge two-car garage with a deep sink and workbench area, a sitting area with a balcony, and a combo kitchen, family room, and dining room. The finishes are a definite cut above the ordinary, with slab stone counters in all the bathrooms, elaborate molding (unfortunately, painted; I’m betting MDF), and upgraded cabinetry.
Since I’d spend more time inside (gazing at the view of Greenlake) than I would outside (cringing at the pseudo clapboards), I’m willing to overlook the siding faux pas. But, geez. For this kind of money, they could have ponied up for cedar shingles, top to bottom.
Location: 2129 N. 63rd St., Seattle, WA 98103
Square footage: 3740. Lot size: 5008 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 6 Baths: 4
Last sale price: new construction
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