Welcome back to Price Point, our real estate column that explores two different options for the same budget. This month: two 1910s with modern updates, in two different configurations, for $750,000. Would you take the heavily updated Eastlake condo with a turret or the West Seattle home with a clawfoot tub?
Home 1: Castle life in Eastlake
Just on the Eastlake side of the University Bridge, the Martello has lived a few lives. It started as a massive single-family house in 1916, but in the 1920s, the famous European Renaissance multi-family builder Fred Anhalt converted it into apartments. In 1990, it underwent another major renovation before turning into condos.
This latest remodel stripped much of the 1920s look from the interiors, but some highlights remain. This two-bedroom unit preserves some of that historic whimsy amid more modern conveniences and style.
When you first walk in it’s definitely a modern apartment, with an open plan living room, kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is full of high-end appliances, including a wine fridge, and features a wide island with more than enough room to be both a spacious workspace and a breakfast bar. The modern tile fireplace has a gas or electric insert rather than a more treacherous vintage wood-burning stove. Recent updates include an efficient mini-split for heating and air conditioning.
Take it a step further and start seeing more vintage-style details, like crown molding. The most obvious (and perhaps funniest) room, however, is the octagonal room inside the building’s turret. A more traditional bedroom features two Gothic arched lattice windows with stained glass.
In addition to hard-to-reproduce visual interest, it has high ceilings, one and a half bathrooms, and a den. HOA dues are $404 per month here, which is a bargain in a century-old building and the maintenance needs that come with it.
This location is quite central, adjacent to both the U district and Capitol Hill. Bus stops on the same block can get you to both places, as well as downtown, pretty quickly, and South Lake Union is a breeze. The University Bridge is half a block away and you can cross it for more options, including a light rail station. There is no reserved parking – the buildings did not have parking when they were built – but there are usually parking options on Fuhrman Street.
Added bonus for the location: Several waterfront parks line the east side of Lake Union, and they’re generally less crowded than others.
List of fast facts
List of prices: $749,450
Location: Eastlake/3275 Fuhrman Ave E, Unit 202
Cut: 1,273 square feet, 2 bedrooms/1 den/1.5 baths
Year of construction: 1916
Listing agents: Sydney Taylor and Danny Adamson, Lake & Company
Home 2: Well maintained Foursquare West Seattle
This 1910 home in West Seattle’s Youngstown area has a new (or newer) roof, plumbing, electrical, appliances, and lighting, but the look is still classic and cohesive. The first-floor layout is immediately familiar, with perhaps a few tweaks from the last 110 years: the living room, anchored by a fireplace, and the dining room are separated by a tubed opening, with the kitchen just off the dining room. eat. Across the kitchen, a small office or bedroom is tucked into the corner. Upstairs, three bedrooms have plenty of storage space – and one of them was, at one point, given an en-suite bathroom, complete with a vintage clawfoot tub.
It’s updated enough to be safe, efficient, and practical, and some spaces are decidedly more modern, like the second-floor three-quarter bathroom with a corner shower or upper casement windows. But in the absence of a giant overhaul, much of that subtle charm shows up in small details: low crystal door handles, original trim and moldings, and a decorative railing along the stairwell. . It’s very cute, but it’s also extremely practical. With four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, there’s no wasted space. But it’s not cramped either.
There’s plenty of room for personality here, and that includes the outdoor space. It’s a smaller lot – in the mid 2000’s the lot was split in half (and then split again) to add a rear duplex – but it does a lot with what it has. A wooden deck for lounging and grilling lines in a back corner of the house, and a lawn, gazebo and quaint double front door make things look idyllic. There is also an unfinished basement for storage, band practice and new ideas.
Although the West Seattle Bridge is currently closed, once back in service this home is extremely close to it. Two Rapid Ride lines, the C line on Avalon and the future H line on Delridge, are within a few blocks, as well as many other bus lines.
List of fast facts
List of prices: $745,000
Location: West Seattle/2827 SW Dakota St
Cut: 1,620 sq. ft. / 2,753 sq. ft. lot, 4 bedrooms / 2.5 baths
Year of construction: 1910
Listing agent: Bree Bristol, Compass
The West Seattle house is pretty well connected to the “island” houses, and while there are some really fun businesses nearby, traveling from the Eastlake house to the University District, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill and downtown is much simpler. This is especially important during the daily commute – you’re less likely to have to change buses, and if you’re in a hurry and able-bodied, walking or biking back to Eastlake is much easier than West Seattle.
Both houses have classic features from similar eras, but in very different ways. In West Seattle, it’s a cohesive, cute and simple aesthetic that’s easy to customize. There are fewer historic details in the Eastlake home, but they’re big where they count — and it’s the only one of this couple that has a literal turret. The other extreme of the Eastlake aesthetic is modern luxury, and while that doesn’t add to the vintage charm, it does. Is give the condo a bigger kitchen, or at least a lot more counter space.
The West Seattle place is, as a whole, about 350 square feet larger and has more bedrooms, an extra bathroom, and an entire unfinished basement above. With two bedrooms and a den, the Eastlake location can accommodate more people than many condos, but the space fills up quickly if your household somehow grows.
Finally, there are the typical trade-offs when comparing a house and a condo that could be a deal breaker either way. Do you want to be responsible for the exterior of your home and the land it sits on, or are the maintenance needs of a condo faster? Would you like to start projects or modifications that are not possible on a condo? Do you need carte blanche to garden? Ah, making decisions….