A Bit More Expensive Than Peanuts and Cracker Jack

1939 Parkview Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Wait… what’s being sold here, a house or a $779,000 olde tyme baseball field?

1939 Parkview Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Wow that super blown-out historic photo really adds to the listing. So much more useful than the modern shot below, don’t you think?

1939 Parkview Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

I also like the mix of the historic photos and what appear to be photos taken by some very modern “drone” equipment.

1939 Parkview Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Sadly, from the looks of another of the aerial drone shots, what used to be a baseball field is apparently now mostly filled with other houses.

1939 Parkview Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

But hey, at least we’ve got the memories, right?

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Marty E.

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3 Comments on "A Bit More Expensive Than Peanuts and Cracker Jack"

  1. A historic home in great condition in a classy location in the Seattle area… for under $1M? Wow. You usually don’t see historic photos in listings. It’s obviously had some renovations, but if a home with historical character is your thing, this looks like a steal.

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  2. Yes to everything Frodo said, along with, “OMG… Want!!! What a classy looking place. That kitchen is to die for. Even the basement is nice! Even better, I count at least four armoires. Fancy and afternoon jaunt to Narnia, anyone? With all this to offer, I’m also mystified at the price tag. Perhaps being on one of the islands is a bit of a hassle and only super high end places can jack up their prices?

    I did note three things I found curious…

    1) There seem to be two sets of windows, a double hung on the inner side and an awning window on the outer side (Pic 19). I get awning windows in a rainy locale, so you don’t have to totally close up. But why the double hungs as well? Why not just the awning windows? Anyone have any insight into this?

    2) There’s a structural column smack in front of the fireplace in the basement rec room (Pics 17 & 18). Why wasn’t one of them installed to one side of the other? It’s a lovely fireplace and it just seems odd that neither was placed elsewhere.

    3) Why only a carport? Why not an actual garage? (Pics 21 & 22)

    Marty, the baseball diamond is gone, but there’s still a large open area behind the houses that have been added. It looks plenty big enough for people to participate in all sorts of activities.

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  3. @Emerald63: I’ve seen those sort of windows before; they are a specific aftermarket item that fit over existing windows on older houses. They’re mainly for insulation and to cut down on cold drafts when it’s windy. When you add in the labor cost it’s much cheaper to hang these than to refit with double-glazed windows.

    Also thought that support column (is it?) in front of the fireplace was quite odd, as it is so close to the wall, and fireplaces in older brick buildings tend to be strong points anyway. I think I would want the appraiser/inspector to have a look at it.

    I like this place, though I would get tired of the stairs. And I would only need about 10% of the square footage… :-)

    I agree the reason for the low price (in relative terms) is probably the difficulties the location presents for a working stiff. There’s only one bridge off the island (10.5 mi from the house) and it doesn’t go where it needs to go if you need to get to work. There’s a ferry to Seattle, but that locks you into its schedule. Plus there is a circuitous ~6 mile route to get to the ferry. Add commuting time in greater Seattle to the total and you’re looking at a 3-4 hour round trip every day.

    And how many retired people want that much stair-climbing?

    Marty, it seems to me the historic photos are intended to attract a certain type of buyer, probably someone already on the island with a business there, who wants to “buy some roots.” It might be the agent’s best shot.

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