Green Lake: Up Close And Cautious

I was charmed at the curb. Color! Cuteness!

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But when I reached the front door I saw something that made me nervous. The square cover plate for the deadbolt was crooked.

It was a small thing, but it set off alarm bells in my head. If no one cared to make sure that the front door looked splendid, what was the quality of the finish details inside this recent remodel?

A bit sloppy, as it turns out.

Chipped floor tile on the landing at the top of the basement stairs. Uneven tiles and grouting around the master bath tub. That’s enough for me to recommend that anyone interested in this house check it over carefully. (While you’re looking, be sure to note the lack of closets in the two tiny front bedrooms.)

On the plus side, the location is splendid, within walking distance of the restaurant hub in Tangletown. And the charm I noted at the curb continues inside the house, with a pleasant master suite under vaulted ceilings, a box-beam ceiling in the dining room, and reproduction Arts and Craft light fixtures.

I also loved the window seat built into the stair landing. That’s where I’d curl up on a rainy day with a cat and a book. Maybe a book on quality construction techniques.

Neighborhood: Green Lake
Asking: $699,000
Address: 148 NE 56th St., Seattle, WA 98105
Square footage: 1340. Lot size: 4080 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5
Last sale price: $480,000 (Aug. 2006)
MLS#: 26187707
Click here for detailed listing.

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  • max

    So this last sold about 4 months ago for over $200,000 less than they are asking now…with no apparent improvements to the property. Am I missing something?

  • Amy Helen Johnson

    My bad. The property was remodeled this fall/winter. I should have made that explicit.

  • Anonymous

    I actually visited this on its first open house and they put saran wrap over the carpet on the stairs instead of non-slip protection. I took a hefty fall and am still feeling the pain. Sloppy details indeed… All the agent could say is “Oh, I did that several times myself.” And you left it on the stairs after that because…????

  • Curtiss

    When are people going to come back to reality with prices?

  • seeking reasonableness

    Ugh, then it’s basically just like 6549 SUNNYSIDE AVE N…same sale price in the spring, same asking price now, same sloppy attention to detail. How I wanted to love the house on Sunnyside…guess this one isn’t worth even taking a look at.

  • Skcess

    I just viewed the home, and was very cautious due to the above ads. however once inside, I thought the home was wonderful, one of the nicest I’ve seen for the asking price in this area. The comments above do not give this home a fair view. the hard wood floors were gorgeous, and the granite in the kitchen really set it off. Definately worth a look.

  • Amy Helen Johnson

    I agree, Skcess, that the finishes are pretty. My warning was not about the choice of materials, but concerns over the skill of installation and attention to detail.