Listed $345,000/Sold $347,000
Opportunity is the word that comes straight to mind with this North End duplex. Half a mile from University of Puget Sound, and one block from the heart of the 6th Ave District, walk to local coffee roasters, cafes, bars, ice cream, tacos, pizza, vintage, records, salons, and schools! Another word that comes to mind is possibility. There’s investment potential here, there’s the possibility to live in one unit, rent the other, the possibility to create a mother-in-law arrangement with a friend or family, even the possibility to reimagine and remodel back to a single family home as the house was originally designed to be. Opportunity, possibility, and investment. Okay, those are idea words, but what are we working with?
Right now, we have a property separated into 2 rentable units. The 2 bedroom main floor features hardwood floors, a big front bay window, an electric fireplace, a laundry room off the kitchen, an updated 3/4 bathroom, and a lovely Tudor arch between the living and dining rooms. Upstairs, find a one bedroom with a spacious eat-in kitchen, bright living room, a clawfoot tub in the full bath, and big windows. There’s even off street parking for 2 vehicles in the back. The lot is small with a low maintenance front yard and so much neighborhood walking to explore!
Continue on for the video tour, photos, neighborhood highlights (including walking and driving time/distance to a list of Tacoma favorites), and many more details about this home.
Main Floor Unit - 895 SQ FT
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Second Floor Unit - 692 SQ FT
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Main Floor Unit Photos & Details
The main entrance to the duplex is through the front door on the covered porch facing 8th Avenue and is shared between both units. Step inside the hardwood entry area with high ceilings and an open staircase. Take a right and you’ll find the front door to the main floor apartment.
The hardwood floor living room flooded with light from its tall bay windows greets you. A white brick fireplace with a stone hearth and wooden mantle create a cozy atmosphere and the tudor arch leading to the dining room adds grace.
The dining room is also covered in hardwoods and you’ll notice tall trim, old-school solid wood millwork, and vintage touches.
The dining room is the hub in this apartment. From it, enter either bedroom (where the hardwood floors continue), move easily back and forth from the living room, or head into the kitchen.
2 bedrooms in this apartment offer flexibility. Use both as bedrooms or allow one room to be an office, writing space, yoga room, or guest space.
These bedrooms are both accessed from the dining area, but the kitchen is between them, so they don’t share any walls, giving a sense of space and privacy.
The kitchen features wooden cabinets, a west facing window over the double sink, a refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher, and easy to clean vinyl floors. Open a door from the kitchen into the laundry room with a washer and dryer. The laundry area has a back door out to the parking area, providing a second exit for this apartment.
When first stepping into the kitchen from the dining room, turn right immediately and you’re in the 3/4 bathroom. Updated in a clean and simple style with white, blue, and gray, the room has all the necessities, a white shower surround with glass doors, a vanity with cupboard storage, and a window that opens for fresh air flow.
With outdoor access at front and back, vintage charm, hardwoods, and open living space, this main floor unit provides comfort and character in the North End.
Upstairs Unit Photos & Details
From the shared front door entry, turn left and climb the open staircase brightly lit by windows and find the door at the top of the stairs. A living room with a huge front window and a second square window set high in the wall welcome you to this unit. This south facing room is a cozy spot to set up your couch and coffee table, and you’ll notice a door in the wall. Open that to find what could be a storage closet, or set a little desk and chair or beanbag inside to create a secret nook. A window shines down from the slanted ceiling, so you’ll even have a bit of view in there.
From the living room, walk through to the eat-in kitchen. There’s space here for your table and chairs, as well as a kitchen cart or butcher block to expand your work space. Two large windows and a slanting wall bring shape and interest to the room, and a pantry ensures you’ll have a good amount of food storage space so you can use the cabinets for dishes and kitchen tools. The kitchen includes a stove, refrigerator, stainless double sink, and a neutral vinyl floor.
From the kitchen step into a small hall with the bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom is set with a clawfoot tub and shower, white vanity with a cupboard, white wainscot, and some fir trim detailing for a nice Pacific Northwest touch. Here you’ll also find a cabinet mirror and window that slides open for fresh air.
The bedroom is at the back of the house with windows on the north and west sides of the room. These open up, and along with a ceiling fan, create a comfortable space with nice light.
This is a solid one bedroom, one bath apartment in a location where morning coffee and doughnuts, as well as night life are just a 3 minute walk away!
This home sits on a small, low-maintenance lot. A front lawn, shrubs, a covered porch, and wide planting strip beside the curb make up the yard. In back you’ll find 2 off street parking spots as well as a tool or storage shed attached to the house. This is a no fuss lot, but an enthusiastic gardener could certainly redesign and develop the front lawn and planting area with flower beds, raised beds, and landscaping as others in the neighborhood have done.
This duplex is situated in a residential North End neighborhood just north of the lively 6th Ave district, home to restaurants, coffee roasters, vintage shops, bars, and an eclectic population. To the west is the idyllic University of Puget Sound campus which brings a college town energy to the area. There’s a lot of variety to the homes here. You’ll find duplexes like this one, apartments (especially between 8th Ave and 6th Ave), and lots of old single-family homes with that certain character and charm only history can bring.
There are several schools close by. We mentioned the University of Puget Sound half a mile away. Just north on 10th Ave, Tacoma Public Schools is rebuilding Grant Center for the Expressive Arts Elementary School, so there will be a brand new school within a 2 minute walk! Other nearby public schools include Jason Lee Middle School, and Bryant Montessori School.
From Home by Car/From Home on Foot
Primo Grill: 0.1 mile, 1 min/3 min
Gateway to India: 0.1 mile, 1 min/3 min
Scorpio Rising Vintage: 0.2 mile, 1 min/3 min
Legendary Doughnuts: 0.2 mile, 1 min/3 min
Crown Bar: 0.2 mile, 1 min/3 min
High Voltage Records: 0.2 mile, 1 min/4 min
El Borracho: 0.2 mile, 1 min/4 min
The Table: 0.2 mile, 1 min/4 min
Asado: 0.2 mile, 2 min/5 min
Bluebeard Coffee Roasters: 0.3 mile, 2 min/7 min
State Street Beer: 0.3 miles, 2 min/7 min
Ice Cream Social: 0.3 mile, 2 min/6 min
The Red Hot: 0.3 mile, 2 min/6 min
MSM Deli: 0.3 mile 2 min/7 min
University of Puget Sound: 0.5 mile, 3 min/10 min
Jefferson Park: 1 mile, 5 min/20 min
MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital: 1 mile, 5 min/20 min
Wright Park: 1.3 miles, 5 min/25 min
Metropolitan Market: 1.7 miles, 6 minute drive
Fred Meyer: 2.3 miles, 7 minute drive
Come see it all in person at this weekend's Open House, Saturday, October 20th from 11 am - 1 pm
For more information about this duplex one block from the eclectic 6th Ave District and less than a mile from the University of Puget Sound, call or text me at 253-226-2787. I'll be happy to answer your questions about this home or the Tacoma real estate market in general.