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.


  1. Lookin’ good, Ladies!


    Your renewed beauty belies your true ages!


    Hope all three of you are adopted soon!



    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).
    8812 24th SW – $375,000
    8820 24th SW – $399,000
    8826 24th SW – $399,000

    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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