You Can Buy a House for Less Than $350K, i.e. Renton

On a recent trip to Portland, a friend asked me about Seattle’s housing market. I said, “You know, I don’t think it’s as bad as other cities.” Although when I was looking to buy a home in February of 2007, I couldn’t find a decent 2+ bedroom house on the Eastside for under $450,000. Today, I see homes within that price range everywhere! Maybe it’s because now – more than a year into homeownership – I’m more educated about Eastside real estate, but I feel that with a medium budget of $200,000 to $400,000, you can find great, solid homes on the Eastside without straying too far from civilization.

Take these homes in Renton for example:

3911 NE 7th St – $272,900
3 bd, 1 ba
1,370 sqft
Newly refinished floors, a backyard and white picket fence to top it off.

2700 NE 6th Pl – $299,950
4 bd, 1.75 ba
1,380 sqft
Price recently dropped $25K after sitting on the market for only 14 days. Close to shopping and I-405, spacious rooms, updated interiors, large garage and well-kept landscaping

566 Olympia Ave NE – $305,000
3 bd, 2.5 ba
1,720 sqft
First off: Why would paint your house Robin’s egg blue? Why? Despite the color and poor landscaping, this house has potential. If you can negotiate down to the upper $200’s, you’ve scored.

458 NW Grandey Way NE – $319,000
3 bd, 1 ba
1,060 sqft
Great view, big lot, attractive exterior, new appliances and good bones

  • Ben

    You get what you pay for in my opinion – Renton is not as nice of a place to live as Bellevue or Redmond IMO.

  • Michael P Lindekugel

    Viva La Renton.

    Renton has the multi billion dollar The Landing at the south end of the lake. Renton has the new indoor Seahawk practice facility. Old Downtown Renton is going through quite a few changes with new construction mixed use rentals, condos, commercial.

  • tera.randall

    I think parts of Renton need some help, but it really has improved over the years. Many people will pay more for the same home to live in Bellevue for the “better” schools, while others choose to pays less in Renton and enjoy larger lots and bigger homes per $/sqft.

    Also, I LOVE the Renton/Newcastle divide. The hills and proximately to Lk Washington make the neighborhoods breathtaking on a sunny day.