New details on West Seattle Nursery expansion, house giveaway

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)
New details today from West Seattle Nursery, which announced via Facebook last week that it’s giving away the house next door (top photo) – owner Mark Smith‘s house – to make room for expansion.

First, the expansion: WS Nursery says: “We are planning to build a retail greenhouse, beverage stand and gift shop on the lot next door to the existing nursery space. … The greenhouse plans include a two story multi-function building that will house a classroom space for gardening classes, large storage area for back stock merchandise and spacious customer bathrooms on the first floor. The second floor will have a business operations office facing California Avenue SW and an efficient but roomy new apartment to serve as Mr. Smith’s new residence.”

They’re hoping construction will start in July, but first, the 92-year-old house (5269 California SW) has to go, and it’s yours for the hauling:

This spacious, well-lit and comfortable house has very sturdy 1920’s era construction with original molding, windows and doors. Mr. Smith is only the 2nd owner in the house’s history. West Seattle Nursery wishes to offer the entire house up free of charge to anyone who can haul it away in its entirety. The house is available for haul-away June 1, 2014.

WSN has posted more photos on CL.

19 Replies to "New details on West Seattle Nursery expansion, house giveaway"

  • ocean March 17, 2014 (5:11 pm)

    How much does it cost to move a house? This would fit in our yard, and then we wouldn’t have to add on to our present house! = )

  • Mike D. March 17, 2014 (5:30 pm)

    @ Ocean –
    Nickel Brothers is one outfit that moves houses. Get a hold of them for moving feasibility and costs.

  • JanS March 17, 2014 (6:16 pm)

    what a great house for someone…hope it’s feasable for you, ocean. And if not, hope someone else cab grab it up :)

  • JanS March 17, 2014 (8:40 pm)


  • coffee March 17, 2014 (9:19 pm)

    Execavators Northwest moves houses too.

  • Mike March 17, 2014 (9:31 pm)

    What an awesome idea

  • Kravitz March 17, 2014 (9:48 pm)

    Hopefully the house directly directly behind the nursery will not acquire this one as well and place it atop their giant mound of dirt next to the erotically aroused dragon.

  • Kelly March 17, 2014 (10:00 pm)

    I hope someone can make good use of it–and that the WSBlog will give us a follow up to see where it went!

    • WSB March 17, 2014 (10:17 pm)

      We will certainly follow up. I am also in line for a followup on what the nursery expansion looks like, but the architect – who, I learned from the DPD docs, is Parie Hines of WSB sponsor LD Arch Design – says it’s not quite ready to go public yet. Longtime local businesses expanding = good thing.

      P.S. to Kravitz – I hope you know this but I’m saying it so commenter passersby don’t get confused – the infamous house has absolutely nothing to do with the nursery. And I don’t think there’s any room on that site for a spare house, either. – TR

  • Sofia Olson March 17, 2014 (10:27 pm)

    What’s the square footage of its footprint?

  • greg March 18, 2014 (5:29 am)

    This is great news for the nursery…one of my favorite places in west Seattle.

  • Galen Guffy March 18, 2014 (10:32 am)

    Hi, Galen from West Seattle Nursery here…
    The sq. ft. of the house is 2,780. It’s a two story 4 bedroom house built in 1920. It’s got all of its original moulding, doors and windows. Here is the craigslist link for our ad:

    The seriously interested can call us any time at (206)935-9276 or email us a
    Our Manager, Marcia Bruno, would be happy to schedule a tour for you.

  • JanS March 18, 2014 (10:40 am)

    @Galen Guffy….the CL link is not working correctly…you might want to check it out

  • furryfaces March 18, 2014 (12:39 pm)

    Wow! this is so exciting for West Seattle Nursery. Can hardly wait to see how everything unfolds!

  • Gladys March 18, 2014 (12:48 pm)

    LOL Kravitz!

  • sun*e March 18, 2014 (3:46 pm)

    I can hardly wait to see WS Nursery’s new digs…that’s going to be so great! Love that place. The other day I bought a couple of indoor plants and pots to put them in and they potted them for me…didn’t even know they would do that so it was a nice surprise. Thanks WS Nursery!
    @Kravitz – too too funny! Thanks for the laugh!

  • payrollgirl March 18, 2014 (4:51 pm)

    I know this isn’t in the WS area but to help someone who really needs it…there are 3 women, one elderly that live in this shack on 128th and 3rd Ave So (Burien) that desperately needs a new home and if this could be given to them OH MY that would be the best thing in the whole world! Every time I drive by them Ifeel so sorry for them.

  • WestofJunction March 19, 2014 (6:27 am)

    This is the kind of development I like to see.

  • MCJ March 24, 2014 (10:00 am)

    Stoked to see WS Nursery expand. Great business run by helpful people.

    As for the sculptures a block over. They are awesome and make the neighborhood better.

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