South Seattle: Room for Improvement


While it isn’t in the totally-crumbling-apart category of primo fixer-uppers, I think this $379,000 Beacon Hill home will require some sweat equity to fully realize its potential.

The most pressing issues for a new owner will be the lone bathroom and the kitchen as they are both well past their prime, the bath particularly. There are still some aluminum windows that could be replaced and the woodwork in one of the two bedrooms has been done in a unique combination of primary colors that may not appeal to everyone. In a space efficient design, the closet for each bedroom is essentially one shared closet space with a 3/4-height wall dividing it in half. I’d want to have that divider run all the way to the ceiling to maximize storage opportunities and add a little extra sound privacy. It would be very nice to see the carpet removed from the bedrooms and main living areas, too.

The basement height isn’t so low that one couldn’t consider finishing more of it (or refinishing what’s been done) and there’s access to the backyard from the downstairs, too. The backyard has some nice planting and is fairly private. However, a chunk of it is carved out for a neighboring lot and the result is an odd panhandle access to the alley.

The location of this home is great – it’s close to lots of amenities and makes for short travel time to downtown, Capitol Hill and the International District. Overlooking one home across the street, which I think is in the middle of improvements, all the neighboring houses are in nice condition with carefully tended lawns and gardens. With a little elbow grease this home could stand proud amongst them.


Lot Sq. Ft.*: N/A
$/Sq. Ft.*: N/A
Last Sale Price: $123,000 (January 1996)
* Information from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

  • jeff

    This shouldnt have tags