Followup: Remodeled, energy-efficient ‘Triplets’ now on sale

June 9, 2013 at 12:26 am | In Environment, West Seattle housing, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

Six months ago, we reported on a first-of-its-kind plan for remodeling and reselling three vintage West Seattle homes instead of tearing them down. Now, the Westwood Village-vicinity homes dubbed “The Triplets” are done and listed for sale, with their first public open house today (Sunday). We stopped by for a sneak preview Saturday. Here are two of them:

All three are in the 8800 block of 24th SW – from north to south along the east side of the block, Clara, Zelda, and Louise, as named by Green Canopy Homes, which “re-envisioned” them with financing from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission‘s Sustainable Energy Trust Lending Program. It’s all about energy efficiency – but “The Triplets” have been updated in far more than that aspect, from the entries…

… to the living areas …

… to the bedrooms …

and beyond. A bit more information, from the official announcement of their completion:

The Triplets are Built Green certified and are expected to use 25-50% less energy than before the remodeling, as determined by a pre- and post-work energy audit.

The three-bedroom, two-bath homes range from 1,300 to 1,600 square feet, on lots of 7,440 square feet. Each includes a surprising addition at the rear: a “great room” with 11-foot ceilings that connects living, dining and kitchen space with the back yard. Two homes have detached garages; all three offer plentiful off-street parking and alley access in the rear.

Today’s open house will run 1-4 pm.

7 Comments

  1. Lookin’ good, Ladies!

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    Your renewed beauty belies your true ages!

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    Hope all three of you are adopted soon!

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 6:59 am June 9, 2013 #

  2. I can get behind remodeling existing structures to be ‘green’.

    Comment by Mike — 9:18 am June 9, 2013 #

  3. houses look great. but what? the states loaning money to groups to flip houses? new windows, insulation, and a furnace qualifies? oh man. the rich get richer…

    Comment by Aaarg — 9:57 am June 9, 2013 #

  4. Despite the name, the WSHFC does *not* use taxpayer money. It sells bonds.

    Comment by WSB — 10:06 am June 9, 2013 #

  5. 1,500 SF and no price listed on the developer’s website. Zillow says 8812 sold in 2012 for $140K — $108/SF. I wonder if these will be bubble-iciously priced like these hideous Isola “houses” that are popping up everywhere. Down the street from me, Isola bought a small craftsman house for $240K, tore it down, put up one of their cookie-cutter boxes that is completely out of place, and are asking over $900K for it — a price far out of range for incomes in this area. So I presume we’re getting back to the likes of NINJA loans.

    Comment by PSPS — 10:35 am June 9, 2013 #

  6. PSPS, they are listed. I tried to find them via the listing realty (Windermere)’s website when writing this last night – I always would prefer to link real estate to the listing agent’s page rather than the zillions of other that scrape it (happens in news too, sites like T*pix – if linking to us, be sure it’s us and not a scraper) but could not. So with apologies to Windermere (which needs better SEO), here are the listings I *could* find links for at the top of the Google results – via Redfin. They aren’t priced anywhere near what a total rebuild would have been priced at (do look at the “before” pictures in our previous story, linked in this one, to see what they were working with).
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    8812 24th SW – $375,000
    http://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/8812-24th-Ave-SW-98106/home/473774
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    8820 24th SW – $399,000
    http://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/8820-24th-Ave-SW-98106/home/471949/nwmls-499495
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    8826 24th SW – $399,000
    http://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/8826-24th-Ave-SW-98106/home/472318/nwmls-499500
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    Comment by WSB — 11:43 am June 9, 2013 #

  7. $375K for 1,291 SF is $290/SF — somewhat high. Nevertheless, if my assumptions with my PITI calculator are correct, this $375K purchase price would, after a 10% down payment, amount to about $1,820/month on a 30-year fixed — affordable for a household bringing in about $55K/year without any other debt and certainly suitable for the area’s income level. And it is definitely a better buy than the Isola eyesores.

    Comment by PSPS — 12:34 pm June 9, 2013 #

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