Find Affordable Second Homes in Washington State
Affordable Second Homes in Washington State
Canadian, Australian, and Chinese (mainland and Taiwan) buyers are flocking to Seattle and Washington state generally for purchases of vacation or second homes. Washington state properties have never been so affordable with a combination of the weak US dollar and the housing price crash since 2006. Housing prices in most markets have fallen 40% back to 2003 levels. Shown below are examples of houses available for sale at this time of writing at a variety of price levels:
$2.5M Seattle Waterfront Estate
$2,495,000 / 3 bedrooms / 2.5 bathrooms / 376 square meters living space / 2,437 square meters lot
This house sits on a high bluff above Puget Sound, looking out towards the water, Olympic Mountains, and sunsets. The owner have made some expensive upgrades, including a gigantic, sturdy stair and deck structure down to the private beach, wrapping the entire cliff side in gunite concrete to eliminate erosion, a new roof with thick cedar tiles, and Buderus heating system. The style of the house is a Tudor fantasy comprising a Great Hall with exposed timbers and a sword mounted over the fireplace along with other period features.
$550K Renton Luxury Home on 1/2 Acre
$549,999 / 4 bedrooms / 2.5 bathrooms / 285 square meters living space / 2,023 square meters lot
This is a big, luxurious house on a grassy half acre built in the mid 1990s. The owners remodeled the kitchen and added a deck off the master bedroom to catch the wintertime views of Mount Rainier. Attractive, stable neighborhood where nobody has sold in 10 years – they must like the place.
$400K Olympia Waterfront House
$400,000 / 3 bedrooms / 1.5 bathrooms / 134 square meters living space / 6,799 square meters lot
This is a rare opportunity to find a jaw-dropping view, great sandy beach, and house in good condition anywhere on Puget Sound at $400,000. It’s hard to find this combination below $500,000 and I’ve looked all over: Whidbey Island, Hansville, Seabeck, Camano Island, and more. Remote location and a country feel to the neighborhood, but you’re just a 10 minute drive from the freeway, shopping, services, and the state capital of Olympia.
$299K Skagit Riverside Vacation Home
$299,000 / 3 bedrooms / 3.5 bathrooms / 230 square meters living space / 1,373 square meters lot
This is a beautiful, riverside (but safe from flooding) home in the Skagit Valley. The home features soaring ceilings, beautiful woodwork, a great covered patio for year round entertaining, guest quarters over the garage, and a Roosevelt Elk over the fireplace (we’ll put the elk in the contract). There’s a big grassy back yard set among the trees and a short trail down the river bank to some rocks the kids can play among.
Check out live listings of:
- King County Puget Sound Waterfront Homes
- Lake Washington and Sammamish Waterfront Homes
- King County Estate Homes on 3+ Acres