There is a type of house that agents always joke about selling to the jogger who stops in at the open house while on their run. These houses have no easy access. They have no garage you can glide into and then enter your home. They do not even have a detached garage. To get to them, you need to climb a narrow path or a long set of stairs. This makes bringing groceries, getting ready for the family car camping trip, or moving in a new refrigerator, especially tricky. These houses are NOT ADA accessible. But they often have wonderful views and are tucked away among the trees.
But, to get to the point, a perfect example of a goat trail home came on the market in Madrona late last week. It's a 55 step climb, plus, to get from the sidewalk to the frong door. But, when you finally do reach the destination of this house, you are in for a treat. It's open and airy with breath taking views of Lake Washington from every room. The kitchen has been beautifully remodeled. There is radiant heated flooring throughout. Every bathroom is new — with one for the master, one for the two other second floor bedrooms, and a 3/4 bath for the main floor. The main floor has a large deck with an expansive view perfect for entertaining.
Normally a house like this, especially if it had a garage, would cost $1.3-1.5 million dollars. But, given the access issue, it is listed at only $890,000. Today the listing agent will be reviewing offers. My hunch is it will get bid up. I'll keep you posted.
If the cost of housing is getting you down and you don't mind a hike, consider a goat trail house. They rarely come up, but when they do, they are a wonderful find for the active person.