Sweet Digs: Got Sprinkler?


This much lush lawn in front of a home is somewhat of a rarity in Seattle neighborhoods. Today’s most clicked property is almost like a slice of the East Side on the West Side. This 1940s Ravenna rambler has an expanse of green grass that appears to have been lovingly maintained. I immediately searched the listing for mention of a sprinkler system and sure enough they’ve got one. There’s really no other manageable way, in my opinion, to keep a large lawn looking great in Seattle without one. You may think, “why would you need a sprinkler system in Seattle? It rains all the time?!” It’s true that we get plenty of rain but mostly in the winter months. The summers are often quite dry and by August/September most lawns are dead and brown, that is of course, unless you have a sprinkler! Water restrictions can hit you in some especially dry years so sometimes even your sprinkler won’t help you. I’m a big proponent of water-wise gardening. There are many beautiful drought resistant plants that make a great lawn-substitute, save you money and are better for the environment.


Price: $475,000
Beds: 2
On Redfin: 2 days
Baths: 1
Year Built: 1946
sqft: 1,650
Lot Size: 7,920
$/Sqft: $288
MLS#: 27074489
Status: Active on market
Last Sale: –


  • kenpo5

    I’ve challenged 3 appraisals (all either 5% down or FHA) this past 6 months or so and even doing what you suggest here in your article I’ve never had one come together. One of those appraisals (house only appraised at $305,000) cost my seller $5,000 when we sold it four months later for $340,000. The reason I say this is a subjective and not objective is because when the appraiser saw that the buyer was going for 20% LTV or higher he let it go at the higher number. I had another one that sold for $376,000 going FHA and the appraiser couldn’t get the number any higher than $372000 but just around the corner one sold for $420,000 (exact same house with a finished basement) with more than 20% down on the loan. You can’t tell me it’s not biased…these appraisers are all afraid to get put on the carpet if a low down payment buyer defaults.