Having grown up in the Central District and experienced first-hand the radical change in its demographic profile over the years, we're usually the one to tsk-tsk conversions of old buildings whose businesses used to form a part of a living -- and disappearing -- community, into high-end developments locals wouldn't dream of being able to afford. But this remodel of a 1922 grocery store managed to bust our reserve wide open.
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What the pictures don't show is that this building is right in the middle of a very nice residential area, without another commercial building nearby. It's been quietly in use as a home for some time, but it lay shuttered and empty before then. An interesting note: the Space sign in this post about hip salvage store Great Stuff used to hang above it's storefront (the letters are rearranged from a Payless sign).
The standout features of this home are the kitchen and the dining room/office space behind the former storefront window. The sole bedroom on the top floor opens to a balcony facing the front -- and, we think, the Seattle city skyline -- on top of the dining room.
And now, the price tag: $499,950. At 1150 square feet and with the market the way it is, maybe it'll come down. Then again, maybe we'd prefer a neighborhood grocery store.
Images: Vintage Seattle.