South Seattle: Good Vibrations

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After trudging through sheeting rain all morning, walking into this house was like a little tropical vacation. The front windows were practically floor to ceiling, which made the wonderful garden seem like an extension of the home décor. The rounded molding corners and bright colors were an injection of character.

Many of the original building materials seem to have been kept intact, for better or for worse. The kitchen had vivid cherry red plastic countertops and a 40′s precursor to marmoleum on the floor, which, in the world of stainless steel, might give some buyers a twitch. I dig it, though. The custom paint job (a flowering vine theme) seen throughout the house might also be a tough match with a future resident, but it’s great to see some lightheartedness. Extra bonuses include leaded glass pocket doors and a two level fireplace with marble hearths on each floor.

All this said, it does feel necessary to add onto this house to round out the sleeping quarters, despite the hefty price tag. As it is, there is one small bedroom on the main level and the basement has been converted into a chilly, utilitarian second bedroom. You’d have enough room for an addition, because the lot is a giant 9,625 square feet. (Hence the hefty price tag.) Right now, the yard features gorgeous plantings, a fire pit, a vegetable garden and a covered patio, but it could absorb a little more house without losing the rambling appeal.

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The Details: $469,000. Last sold in 1999 for $210,000. 1,860 square feet. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath.