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
Newly refinished floors, a backyard and white picket fence to top it off.
2700 NE 6th Pl – $299,950
4 bd, 1.75 ba
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
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
Great view, big lot, attractive exterior, new appliances and good bones