Phinney Ridge: Overlooked?

Now that we’ve left behind the Holiday House-Hunting Weeks of Doldrums, I expect many of you are ready to tour property again. I suggest checking out this solid, satisfactory Phinney Ridge contemporary, which seems to have been overlooked while we were buying menorah candles and curling ribbon.

As you can tell by the picture, it has zero curb appeal, but it’s in good condition, lacks nothing in amenities, and is in a decent location. Best of all, there are awesome views of Mt. Rainier from the roof and decks.


I also count on the plus side south-facing windows on the two upper levels, a two-car garage, comfortably sized rooms, an updated kitchen, a double-headed shower in the master bath, and close proximity to the 74th St. Ale House (some people are burgeristas; I’m a soup-and-salad kind of gal).

As for the negatives, they’re mostly quibbles salted with a headache. I prefer a fireplace to a wood stove and solid-surface countertops to tile of any kind (even granite). The light fixtures seemed to be Home Depot specials. Roof-deck access goes through the middle of the master suite, and the master suite itself, which occupies all the third floor, doesn’t have a door that separates it from the rest of the house.

The headache is that all three bathrooms are tired and wan. Sprucing them up will take time and cash.

The house has been on the market for more than a month. Weighing everything, it’s a good overall package, so I’m kind of surprised no one’s bought it by now.

Neighborhood: Phinney Ridge
Asking: $645,000
Address: 315 N. 73rd St., Seattle, WA 98103
Square footage: 1780. Lot size: 3060 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3
Last sale price: $307,500 (June 1999)
MLS#: 26190864
Click here for detailed listing.


  • amanda

    overlooked? i don’t think so. looks like the market is saying it’s overpriced. i love the fact that you guys list last sales price though. very interesting…

  • Amy Helen Johnson

    I’d agree in a second that it was overpriced if the time on market was 137 days, not 37. But the average for Seattle is in the range of 45 days, so it’s not quite reached the freshness limit.

    BTW: Redfin allows you to limit searches to properties older than 45 days. The thinking is that there’s more negotiating room when a listing’s growing stale.