Followup: Dates set for ex-Fire Station 37 open houses – and, take a peek inside!

February 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm | In Sunrise Heights, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

A fireplace in a fire station! Somehow, you might think it would be the last thing firefighters would want to look at when they’re not out at a burning home – but on the other hand, everybody has to stay warm. The fireplace is inside ex-Fire Station 37, which as reported here last week, is now officially up for sale. We joined broker Arvin Vander Veen from Colliers International there (35th/Othello) this afternoon for a quick peek inside- and the latest information on how you can get a closer look, too.

(That’s the kitchen.) The open-house dates are now set, Vander Veer told us: March 10th and April 7th, 10 am-2 pm. The deadline for offers will be April 20th (as noted before, $250,000 minimum, cash, no contingencies). Since the former fire station is an official city landmark, you can’t change the outside without city permission, but there’s a lot you can do with the inside:

Vander Veer says he’s fielded about 100 inquiries so far, and many have been from people who think this would be the ultimate “man-cave” – and whatever the gender, imagine having a cavernous garage like this for your vehicles, or maybe some creative project you’re working on, or both!

Sizable basement, as well:

In case you’re just coming in on this story – the city built a new fire station a few blocks south, and is selling this because it’s considered surplus property not needed for any other city purposes.

P.S. Two years ago, a student journalist on assignment for WSB toured the now-ex-station before it closed; this report includes a video tour.

6 Comments

  1. “Cash, no pennies” as Juan Epstein used to say on Welcome Back Kotter. RIP Robert Hegyes.

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 3:37 pm February 17, 2012 #

  2. Now that is a nice place!

    Too bad that it does not have a vehicle lift, like gas stations/service stations used to. Would be easy to put my snow wimp tire chains on, and take them off. But, of course, no house is perfect.

    If I was not married, I would be big-time interested.

    Comment by Snow Wimp — 4:23 pm February 17, 2012 #

  3. If we hadn’t JUST bought a house 3 blocks from there, I would be super interested! I love “houses” that were formerly some other sort of building :) Lots of potential there. It could be a really cool place to live with some work.

    Comment by MB — 5:21 pm February 17, 2012 #

  4. I’m still curious as to how much this whole, two year long, sale process has cost us. I’m pretty skeptical that we’ll even turn a profit at this point. I could be wrong, though. Any numbers from the City?

    Comment by Yardvark — 8:54 am February 18, 2012 #

  5. This fire station is 3 doors down from my grandma’s house. When I was a child, she use to watch me and my siblings. I use to use her rotary phone in her basement and dial 911 -yes, now as an adult, I know it’s wrong! However, they didn’t have tracing calls back then and I thought the calls went directly to the fire station down the street. I’d call, giggle when they picked up and hang up. Don’t think I ever told my grandma this…—as an adult, I have taken my own children down to the fire station for visits. It’s so sad it won’t be a fire station anymore — so many memories! Hopefully someone will enjoy it!

    Comment by Maureen Seidel — 6:37 am February 19, 2012 #

  6. Sure, it’s use is limited, but that building is big and beautiful. I hope they get a good bidding war going on and drive the price up where it belongs, just my opinion.

    Comment by dsa — 11:44 pm February 22, 2012 #

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