Remodel Done Right

My best advice for anyone buying a house is “go with your gut.” And my gut says that I’d like living here.

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Although remodeled inside and out for a profit, the place doesn’t have the cold feel of a flip. The owner mixed existing vintage elements with modern updates, creating a place with both personality and practicality.

So you get a fireplace with its original tile and alcove mantelpiece, combined with new double-paned windows to reduce drafts. Doorways sport a Mission-style pointed curve, but everything’s dry walled instead of lath and plaster. The wiring’s new, but the fixtures are Tiffany-inspired.

Except for adding large dormers upstairs, the remodel didn’t mess much with the framing, so there are a few space constraints. The kitchen is tiny, maybe 100 square feet, and foot traffic to the downstairs goes right through the work triangle. Ceilings in the basement and on the second floor are low. There’s no garage, just a parking pad. And my gut’s also telling me that it’s a bit overpriced.

So, it’s not perfect. But it does feel like home.

STATS:
Neighborhood: Ballard
Price: $749,950
Address: 2216 NW 67th St., Seattle, WA 98117
Square footage: 2480. Lot size: 2500 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 2.75
Last sale price: $345,000 (Mar. 2005)
MLS#: 26183953
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