On The Market: Modern Design on Sixth Ave.

Once upon a time, we used to write about real estate fairly regularly. Then, the market took a nose-dive and our friends hunkered down and stopped looking. The conversations got depressing and buildings stood empty. Now, things seem to be changing. We’re meeting new people to Tacoma – and they’re buying houses. Our friends are looking again. Real estate is once again filling our cocktail hour conversations – in a positive way. With that in mind, we’ll start featuring the properties we we see once again …

We have several friends right now looking for that cute North End Craftsman home at a reasonable price. We have almost no friends looking for a contemporary modern home that would do their ten year old collection of Dwell Magazines justice. For those folks, this listing that just appeared on the market may be their best bet.

The home is a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, townhouse north of Sixth Avenue. There isn’t a hint of pseudo-craftsman here. This is all angular lines, open spaces, and solid colors. Bamboo floors. Radiant heat. For $199k, this townhouse is just around the corner from Crown Bar and Gateway to India.

We’ve walked past this home regularly since it was finished in 2012 and we’ve always talked about it. Now it’s on the market. Interested? Do you want to stand out from your neighbors?

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This house has actually been on the market for over a year. It’s a duplex, and it’s not clear whether the other unit has sold. When my husband and I toured this home about 6 months ago, they were both still available. They just relisted the property with new pictures and a different description. Oh, realtors :P

April 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jordan Rash

I have an affordable craftsman in the North End that may be on the market in 2014 for the right price…

April 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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I’ve shown them to several buyers over the years (they’ve been listed for a while) but the buyers I have have wanted a garage or some kind of covered parking. That’s a busy street (parked car wise) and there’s only one uncovered spot on the alley per unit.

April 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Buy now?  Invest?  :)

April 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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We toured the Four Square house next door to this 3 years ago, before this duplex was there. At that time it was just an empty lot and I was worried about what would be built there.  Now, this duplex really looks out of place. 

As another commenter mentioned parking is bad there, you can only park on one side of the street that its on and it’s close to the 6th Ave intersection.

Its too bad that it doesn’t fit into the neighborhood a little better, but it’s sure to suit someone.

April 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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It’s projects like this that give contemporary and modern a bad rap.  This building is bad on so many levels.  There’s great potential for contemporary housing in Tacoma.  The mid-century houses that have come up for sale sell fast, often for above asking price.  There is a market for modern.  But when it comes to new construction housing, Tacoma is seriously lacking in the quality contemporary architecture.

Great location.  Terrible building.

April 5, 2013 at 9:14 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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I’ve been by that corner often over the years and was amazed that a builder would put such an out of place building in that spot. It could look good somewhere, but not as the sore thumb in a field of houses built between 1899 and 1950.

April 6, 2013 at 11:06 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Funny how many recent posts on Exit 133 have been about mass transit and cycling, and here we have a property for sale that promotes a less-car lifestyle. This a reasonable place to live if you have a smaller family and one car.

April 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Density and transit oriented housing = Good

Cheap, ugly, poorly designed buildings = Bad

April 8, 2013 at 10:06 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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That’s a fancy design. Well, I just loved this traditional house with its interior! Lovely: http://movety.com/west-vancouver-real-estate/2922-park-lane-west-vancouver-bc-v7v-1e9-mls-r2031826-1.html

February 29, 2016 at 10:44 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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altered chords

I like the way it looks and it seems that $199k is a reasonable price.  js - what is it about the design that I’m not seeing?  Not looking for an argument - just a little design education.

March 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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