Notorious North Delridge site, 3804 23rd SW, sold at tax auction

(King County Assessor photo)

The issue of blighted properties got a little attention citywide this week with an action by the city in North Seattle.

While we haven’t heard of anything similar in our area just yet, we did discover recently that one of West Seattle’s most visible blighted properties has new ownership.

It’s the house above, 3804 23rd SW, isolated and deteriorating on the slope along the Delridge onramp to the West Seattle Bridge.

Vandalism and squatter trouble has ravaged it for years. In 2009, it was a stop on a tour organized by then-North Delridge Neighborhood Council chair Mike Dady, who invited City Councilmembers and department heads to come see several blighted ND sites firsthand. (You’ll see a photo in one of our reports from that tour.) It came up again during a 2012 walking tour organized by later NDNC leadership, with a suggestion the city acquire the site, then listed at $79,000. And city acquisition was suggested again in passing at a recent community meeting.

Checking subsequently to figure out the property’s status, we found it had changed hands recently – at a foreclosure sale. County documents showed its longtime owner hadn’t paid its property taxes since at least 2008, and that piled up to more than $25,000 owed. So the house wound up on a long list of properties the county sold on December 12th to cover tax liens. Its new owner is the Eastside-based Wayne Seminoff Company‘s Money Purchase Pension Plan (WSCO MPPP); While county websites don’t show the purchase price, we obtained it from the KC Treasury Department: $68,000. (Its previous sale was in 1989, for $50,000.)

For its $68,000, the WSCO MPPP got the 66-year-old house and its 7,700-square-foot site, which is platted as four lots, zoned LR (lowrise) 1, meaning multifamily development such as rowhouses/townhouses would be allowable. No reply so far to our inquiry about the company’s plans for the site; nothing’s on file with the city (at least in terms of development or remodeling), so far.

–WSB editor Tracy Record

20 Replies to "Notorious North Delridge site, 3804 23rd SW, sold at tax auction"

  • WS4Life March 15, 2015 (12:18 pm)

    Someone stands to make an absolute killing on this property! Maybe then they’ll complain about all the traffic and noise. In front of there new $400,000+ townhouses. In their residential neighborhood. Then have Delridge reduced to just a bicycle path. Yeah for progress!

  • rcl March 15, 2015 (12:24 pm)

    This would be a great location for a neighborhood p patch!

  • h March 15, 2015 (12:43 pm)

    68k? Oh man!

  • Drank March 15, 2015 (1:49 pm)

    I hope the future residents on this soon-to-be subdivided property realize they’re living on the spot of West Seattle’s last haunted house.

  • Kelsey March 15, 2015 (1:50 pm)

    We moved to West Seattle a year ago. I love it here! We have been testing the waters of buying and just looking around Zillow. I see a lot of areas with foreclosure homes. Especially just south of the golf course. Any reason for this being an area with so many? I have been curious.

  • Jeanne March 15, 2015 (2:38 pm)

    So happy to hear there may be changes to this property. When we see things like this day after day for years, it can make us feel powerless and depressed or angry. It is well documented that dilapidated buildings and urban blight causes stress and other negative emotional issues. So hip hip hooray and let’s keep making north Delridge more and more human friendly!

  • Interested Neighbor March 15, 2015 (2:44 pm)

    What makes you say that? That it’s scary looking? Just curious.

  • Philosurfy March 15, 2015 (3:58 pm)

    Ok Drank, spill it – what’s the story?

  • Paula March 15, 2015 (3:59 pm)

    Location would be so much better suited as a business, not a residence, due to noise, car pollution, etc. Would love a bakery, dry cleaner, electric car charging station, fruit/veggie stand, . . .

  • ChefJoe March 15, 2015 (5:08 pm)

    Drank, unless there’s more to being haunted than being run down and having some broken/scary looking stuff involved, there’s still a “haunted house” in Seaview.

  • TheDonald March 15, 2015 (8:52 pm)

    Known the the owner for many years…pick it up from there!

  • h March 15, 2015 (9:55 pm)

    Haunted house ????? The AHS app is lmao please tell us the history of house…

  • scs March 16, 2015 (12:17 am)

    My house is haunted, I have proof! Also so many people are losing houses because West Seattle is getting too expensive to live in. I hope a clean multi family housing unit is built that’s affordable. My house is right on California and I don’t mind the noise because my house is “still” affordable.

  • Delridge Res. March 16, 2015 (6:03 am)

    Hey Kelsey,
    Mainly it’s just to expensive for some. West Seattle is 15 minutes from downtown has multiple viewpoints, as well as near Alki Beach and Lincoln Park which has a ferry terminal nearby. All these reasons along with nearby grocery stores, interesting weekend farmers markets as well along with our summer festival should make Seattle the No.1 competitor for Real Estate in my opinion. All in all there is a lot of money to make in West Seattle for Real Estate which now is making West Seattle very expensive. Sn: I mean but Seattle itself is getting pretty expensive due to I believe Amazon and other popular companies down here. So that should be why Kelsey that houses are being foreclosed not just near the golf course but all along Seattle. Oh and maybe also the West Seattle bridge gridlock to downtown during rush hours AM/PM.

  • w.s.maverick March 16, 2015 (9:59 am)

    they should just turn it into a park or something not a great spot to live

  • 3dogslater March 16, 2015 (10:15 am)

    Why is it the City seems to score these deals and again will make a ass killing on a skinny housing development

    • WSB March 16, 2015 (10:51 am)

      3dogs, the city didn’t buy this. County seized it for tax nonpayment; sold to a private firm.

  • north delridge resident March 16, 2015 (7:49 pm)

    I live just a block or 2 away and all the so-call pedestrian and bicycle improvements suddenly makes sense! The buyer has friends to help him develop the property and make a ton of money. Tell me, who isn’t corrupt?

  • TheDonald March 17, 2015 (4:36 am)

    More true is a former brothel, There were attempts to finish the basement.That pic was a high point as its usually with weeds

  • Nick March 17, 2015 (8:11 am)

    That has potential to be a nice house–just imagine it painted and fixed up

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