Property Watch: A Woodsy Cottage Blocks from the Beach

This petite cottage, once inhabited by the caretaker on a Magnolia estate, was plucked from its original location and dropped onto 32nd Avenue West in 1949. It has since appreciated astronomically in value. At 420 square feet and $712,400, it blows Seattle’s median price per square foot out of the water (though would-be condo residents should consider potential HOA savings). Its charm quotient? Off the charts.

The 0.15-acre lot looks like something out of a Pacific Northwest fairy tale. Left in, more or less, its natural state and largely populated with native foliage—including morel mushrooms, long-standing rhododendrons, and a carpet of moss—the hillside landscape doesn’t require much tending.

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