Green Lake: The Big Chiclet

The pictures of this home show a big, white chiclet that lacks curb appeal. In person, it wasn’t any prettier. Where are the deep eaves and detailing common to a house of this era?


A slight elevation and deep front yard give the place privacy. It doesn’t supply any views of Green Lake, but is within walking distance of the park and Tangletown, on a quiet street.

There are some nice features inside. The remodeled kitchen has a workable layout and attractive finishes, but the lack of both a backsplash and an externally venting exhaust fan had me wondering if the designers were serious cooks.

I wasn’t crazy about the double-shotgun layout on the first floor, which made the living room long and narrow. I couldn’t envision a furniture arrangement that didn’t have foot traffic right through the conversation area. Two good-sized bedrooms and a bathroom complete the main level.

A steep, narrow staircase leads to three bedrooms and a Jack-and-Jill bath. The two smaller rooms are so small that I think the kids will outgrow them once they hit first grade. The master suite is of decent size, but to enter it you have to go through either the bathroom or a closet, which is an unusual layout.

Electric baseboard heaters warm the upstairs. The furnace for the first floor is also electric. Gas appliances would be more economical.

The listing history for this house has been up and down. It was first listed around the end of October with a different MLS number and agent. The old agent told me that the sellers had rejected at least one offer. By early January it was off the market. Now it’s back on and the asking price is virtually the same as before.

Perhaps the spring surge will bring an interested buyer at this price, but if it were me, I’d consider this listing around 150 days old and closely examine the value proposition.

Neighborhood: Green Lake
Asking: $629,950
Address: 2342 N. 60th St., Seattle, WA 98103
MLS#: 27035057
Click here for detailed listing.

Living square footage: 1470. Lot size: 3040 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 2
Last sale price: $357,000 (Mar. 2002)