Sold! Spring Street Cottage

Smooth ceilings, refinished oak floors, new custom window blinds, and a cozy hearth create a beautiful living room.

Smooth ceilings, refinished oak floors, new custom window blinds, and a cozy hearth create a beautiful living room.

New custom iron porch railings adorn the front porch (there are also 2 decorative custom exterior vent covers, not pictured here). Fresh paint and new gutters keep everything looking trim.

New custom iron porch railings adorn the front porch (there are also 2 decorative custom exterior vent covers, not pictured here). Fresh paint and new gutters keep everything looking trim.

Listed $300,000/Sold $330,000

2 BEDS

1 BATH

844 SQ FT + 180 SQ FT GARAGE

805 SPRING ST, FIRCREST

Move-in ready. Those three words are one of the best gifts a home can give anyone looking to settle down. This lovingly maintained and carefully renovated brick cottage is ready to welcome you home. Some people are looking for a project, but a lot of us don’t have the desire, time, or energy to tackle a big house remodel, we just want to arrange our books on the shelf, choose a cozy spot for the couch, dream about flower beds, uncork the wine, or put the kettle on. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you’re a couple looking for your first home, and you like the idea of that second bedroom to grow into. Maybe you’re an independent person, but you want to have friends over for summer bbq parties on the covered patio, and you’d like to offer your bff a place to spend the night. Maybe you’re clearing out, sizing down, simplifying, and 2 bedrooms with a tidy garage, a quiet street, and a nice back yard is just what you’re looking for. Come and see.

From refinished hardwoods, to new windows, to fresh paint in and out, to custom iron porch railings, to newly laid sod, and crisp paving stone pathways, this home is full of thoughtful touches, and practical updates.

And the location just makes the picture prettier; half a block from the scenic Fircrest Golf Club, a 5 minute walk to Fircrest’s cafes, parks, community center, and shops, and a 10 minute drive to the waterfront where you can walk the beach, visit a pub, taste local beers at Narrows Brewing, or watch boats come in and out at the marina. If you’re not familiar with Fircrest, absolutely read-on for our location section, but here’s a glimpse: it’s a community known for its friendly parks and sidewalks where neighbors jog and walk dogs, its annual festivals, small businesses, and beautiful evergreens.

Continue on for the video tour, photos, neighborhood highlights (including walking time/distance to a list of Tacoma favorites), and many more details about this home. 

Fresh interior paint, good lighting, and beautiful wooden floors create cozy bedrooms.

Fresh interior paint, good lighting, and beautiful wooden floors create cozy bedrooms.

Single Floor Living

Entry
Living Room
Kitchen
Dining Area
2 Bedrooms
Full Bathroom
Laundry Room
Single-Car Attached Garage

The updated kitchen is sparkling and ready for you to cook your favorite meals.

The updated kitchen is sparkling and ready for you to cook your favorite meals.

Interior Updates

New interior paint
New Wilsonart counters in kitchen and bath
New tile in kitchen and bath
New sinks and faucets in kitchen and bath
Refinished hardwood floors
New vinyl flooring in kitchen, bath, and laundry
New Minka Aire kitchen fan in dining area
New kitchen stove, washer and dryer
New LED ceiling lights
New gas furnace
New windows and custom window blinds
New hot water tank
Additional outlets

Bring your cup of coffee out here, read a book, chat with a friend. This patio is made for living.

Bring your cup of coffee out here, read a book, chat with a friend. This patio is made for living.

Outdoors

Covered Patio
Paving Stone Pathways
New Front Lawn
Landscaping
New Fencing
Storage Shed

Fresh exterior paint, new sod, and new paving stone pathways make for curb appeal.

Fresh exterior paint, new sod, and new paving stone pathways make for curb appeal.

Exterior Updates

New exterior paint
New aluminum patio cover
New paver walkway and patio
New sod and landscaping
New custom front porch railing
New exterior custom vent covers
New gutters
New roof 3 years ago
New back yard fencing
Electrical outlets

Living Room & Entry

The big picture window, oak floors, and white mantle, all heated with the new gas furnace, make this a bright and cozy room.

The big picture window, oak floors, and white mantle, all heated with the new gas furnace, make this a bright and cozy room.

Another look at the beautiful picture window in the living room where things stay warm and cozy with the help of the new gas furnace.

Another look at the beautiful picture window in the living room where things stay warm and cozy with the help of the new gas furnace.

From the front porch with its swirling custom iron railing, open the door into the entry area and pause to slip off your shoes, set down a bag, or hang up your keys. Step into the living room with its refinished oak floor and pretty white mantle over the brick fireplace. Keep the curtains wide open to let light in through the picture window. Chances are you’ll see some friendly neighbors go by with a dog or two.

In this room you’ll see the fresh paint, and smooth ceilings (no popcorn here!) found throughout the home, all in soft tones ready for framed photos, prints, and paintings. The new gas furnace keeps the living room warm, so curl up with a book, your pup or cat, invite a friend over, pour a hot drink, and get cozy.

This is the view from the entry area into the bright living room with its new paint and new windows (found throughout the home).

This is the view from the entry area into the bright living room with its new paint and new windows (found throughout the home).

Kitchen & Dining Area

The renovated kitchen includes a new sink and faucet, new Wilsonart counters, new tile backsplash, new floor, and new appliances. A new Minka Aire kitchen fan keeps things fresh and bright.

The renovated kitchen includes a new sink and faucet, new Wilsonart counters, new tile backsplash, new floor, and new appliances. A new Minka Aire kitchen fan keeps things fresh and bright.

Fresh paint, new stove, new counters, and new floor, along with the pretty backsplash make this kitchen cooking-ready.

Fresh paint, new stove, new counters, and new floor, along with the pretty backsplash make this kitchen cooking-ready.

The living room opens into the dining area with its view to the back yard. The dining area window offers an opportunity for choosing curtains that will give the space a character you love. Crisp and simple, bold, intricate, modern or old fashioned, the fabric you love will absolutely help define this space. The Minka Aire fan above the table is sleek and understated. While its clean design doesn’t demand too much notice, it brings good light and comfortable air flow.

Find new floors underfoot in the dining area and kitchen. You saw the summary of interior updates, so you know the list of kitchen renovations is long! What I love is how well the new Wilsonart countertops, the new appliances, and tile backsplash compliment the existing cabinets. I’m all for cabinets that preserve the era of the home. These - painted a clean white, and fitted with simple hardware - maintain retro charm in the room, and pair beautifully with the new double sink too.

The dining area has a nice view to the back yard and flows seamlessly into the kitchen and living rooms. A sleek Minka Aire kitchen fan keeps the dining area bright and helps with airflow too.

The dining area has a nice view to the back yard and flows seamlessly into the kitchen and living rooms. A sleek Minka Aire kitchen fan keeps the dining area bright and helps with airflow too.

New white appliances compliment the retro cabinets, featuring ample drawers and cupboards above and below. Don't miss the double sink with a window above (having a view makes doing dishes so much nicer), and the new LED ceiling lights too.

New white appliances compliment the retro cabinets, featuring ample drawers and cupboards above and below. Don't miss the double sink with a window above (having a view makes doing dishes so much nicer), and the new LED ceiling lights too.

2 Bedrooms

Just down the hall find the bedrooms with their refinished fir floors. This front bedroom is lit by big windows, a new LED ceiling light, and overlooks the front and side yards.

Just down the hall find the bedrooms with their refinished fir floors. This front bedroom is lit by big windows, a new LED ceiling light, and overlooks the front and side yards.

The two bedrooms in this home are found at the end of a hardwood hall off the living room. The front bedroom, shown above is clean and bright with all the warm, beautiful color only fir floors can provide. The living room and hall floors are oak, which is a wonderful hardwood, and very well suited to areas of the home where there’s more traffic. Fir floors are one of our favorites and are lovely for bedrooms where furniture doesn’t move around as often and high heels don't tend to make much of an appearance.

The back bedroom has windows to the back yard, the same fir floors, fresh paint, and crisp trim. These are comfortable rooms in their own quiet hall where an additional storage closet is found.

The second of the two bedrooms features fresh paint, refinished fir floors, new custom window blinds, and windows to the back yard.

The second of the two bedrooms features fresh paint, refinished fir floors, new custom window blinds, and windows to the back yard.

The warm coloring of the refinished fir floors contrasts nicely with the bright trim paint. One door opens into a closet, the other out into the hall where the bathroom is located.

The warm coloring of the refinished fir floors contrasts nicely with the bright trim paint. One door opens into a closet, the other out into the hall where the bathroom is located.

From the open door of this back bedroom, you catch a glimpse of the hallway with its additional closet, and room for a coat rack.

From the open door of this back bedroom, you catch a glimpse of the hallway with its additional closet, and room for a coat rack.

Full Bathroom

The full bathroom is updated with new floors, new Wilsonart counter, new tile in the tub and vanity backsplash, new tub, sink and faucet.

The full bathroom is updated with new floors, new Wilsonart counter, new tile in the tub and vanity backsplash, new tub, sink and faucet.

Also note that along with all the new features in this updated bathroom, there is also a new hot water tank for this home to keep showers and baths comfortable and warm.

Also note that along with all the new features in this updated bathroom, there is also a new hot water tank for this home to keep showers and baths comfortable and warm.

Between the two bedrooms at the end of the hall is the updated bathroom with its new tile all around the tub and a tiled backsplash as well. The huge mirror is great for getting ready in the morning, and it also adds a bright, open feeling to the room. The floors, tub, sink, faucet, and countertops are fresh, new, and ready for you. Choosing a shower curtain is one of the pleasures of setting up a new bathroom. We’ve included photos of the curtain both open and closed to help you imagine the space and consider what you’d bring.

Laundry Room

The laundry room is just a step down from the kitchen and dining area. Here you'll find a new floor, new washer and dryer, a door to the back yard, and a door on the right into the garage.

The laundry room is just a step down from the kitchen and dining area. Here you'll find a new floor, new washer and dryer, a door to the back yard, and a door on the right into the garage.

Three cheers for the laundry room! Anyone who has spent months or years using a laundromat or shared apartment laundry facility (usually in some deep dark basement), understands the cheers. This laundry room is just a step down from the kitchen and dining area. It’s fitted out with new floors, fresh paint, and a new washer and dryer as well. It’s all set! Use the cabinets above for linens, cleaning products, detergents, or whatever odds and ends you’d like. This laundry room is also where you’ll find the access to the garage. Take a right into the single car garage, or take a left out to the covered patio. If you have pets, you’ll appreciate being able to wipe off paws in here before they hit the floor in the main living space.

Garage

805 Spring St offers a paved driveway to the one car garage for multiple off-street parking options. Tidy, and with a touch of color, this yard will only be prettier as spring approaches.

805 Spring St offers a paved driveway to the one car garage for multiple off-street parking options. Tidy, and with a touch of color, this yard will only be prettier as spring approaches.

It’s incredibly convenient to have a garage that adds to the usable square feet of a home. Park a car in here and you’ll still have room to store some items on shelves. As you’ll soon see, there’s also a storage shed in back, so you can keep the lawnmower, shovels, rakes, and flower pots out there. That means this space can be reserved for some boxes of decorations, or bikes, and other odds and ends. Keep in mind, the paved driveway also offers space for off street parking.

Outdoors

Speaking of the patio, just outside the back door this new paving stone patio with a new aluminum roof is waiting. Dry in the rainy season and shady in the summer, this aluminum cover also helps keep the house cool.

Speaking of the patio, just outside the back door this new paving stone patio with a new aluminum roof is waiting. Dry in the rainy season and shady in the summer, this aluminum cover also helps keep the house cool.

With its curving edges and landscaping bed border, this patio is sure to be a favorite spot to enjoy a cup of coffee, or evening snack in the fresh air.

With its curving edges and landscaping bed border, this patio is sure to be a favorite spot to enjoy a cup of coffee, or evening snack in the fresh air.

New back yard fencing, and landscaping that will mature nicely help set off this big back yard. And there's still room to add garden beds and swings, or leave spacious lawn for pets to run on. Exterior outlets allow for string lights to brighten the patio.

New back yard fencing, and landscaping that will mature nicely help set off this big back yard. And there's still room to add garden beds and swings, or leave spacious lawn for pets to run on. Exterior outlets allow for string lights to brighten the patio.

Oh, the patio! With new paving stones, curved corners, and a new corrugated aluminum roof to keep you dry in the rain and shaded in the sun, this is sure to be a second living room in summer. Even in spring and early fall I know I’d find myself out here in a sweater, settling into some comfy patio furniture with a steamy cup of coffee, my journal, and a good book - or even better, a friend. Outdoor outlets allow for the sparkle of string lights. The simple addition of these lights feels festive and inviting.

Set up a dining area, chaise lounges, Adirondacks, and a potting bench or two. Then enjoy the fresh air, the clematis climbing over the arbor, and the way the landscaping will grow and mature. There’s plenty of room for your additions to this back yard if you’re feeling energetic. Add garden beds, bring in a swing set, plant your tomatoes and herbs in pots on the patio, or just let it be. Leave room for running around. It’s going to be nice either way.

Set up your bbq, comfiest patio furniture, pretty potted plants, and enjoy. Step under the clematis growing on the arbor to reach the back lawn and storage shed.

Set up your bbq, comfiest patio furniture, pretty potted plants, and enjoy. Step under the clematis growing on the arbor to reach the back lawn and storage shed.

Location

Image from    Fircrest Golf Club

Fircrest is a real neighborhood. It’s a friendly, walkable community with its own traditions, and its own business district where neighbors can sit for coffee, meet for lunch, get a haircut, and even pick-up tasty treats for pets. If you’re the homebody type, with a coffee shop, cafe, and Italian delicatessen all on one block just a 5 minute walk from 805 Spring St, you might find yourself sticking pretty close to home. You’ll even find Pint Defiance (one of Tacoma’s favorite specialty bottle shops and taprooms), Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese cuisine just 4 or 5 minutes away by car.

On the other hand, if you’re all for a quiet street for home, but like a bit more bustle in your night-life, downtown dining - at restaurants like the Pacific Grill, Wooden City, Indochine, and en Rama - is only about 15 minutes away. That’s to say, Fircrest is a place all its own, with its own pace, unique businesses, and quiet streets, but “the city” is within easy reach.

What else? The waterfront is under 10 minutes away by car. We don’t mean the Ruston Way waterfront, nope. This side of the city has a waterfront all its own with views of the Narrows Bridges, its own brewery, waterfront dining, and the best views of the sunset in the whole city. Read all about the West End’s waterfront in our blog The Sunset Side: Tacoma’s Other Waterfront.

Just 1 mile away, Pint Defiance is community favorite for filling a growler, sampling beers on tap, and selecting special bottles.  Image from    Pint Defiance

Just 1 mile away, Pint Defiance is community favorite for filling a growler, sampling beers on tap, and selecting special bottles. Image from Pint Defiance

Fircrest, named Regents Park back in 1909, is situated between Tacoma and University Place. This little city within a city calls itself “The Jewel of Pierce County” and its curving streets, and parks, as well as the beautiful Fircrest Golf Club, help it live up to the name. At the center of town you’ll find 10 acre Fircrest Park with its pool and community center. From annual strawberry shortcake feeds, to fireworks, to Fircrest Fun Days, this place is all about community.

About a 6 minute walk from home, come in for a cup of coffee!  Image from    Espresso Yourself

About a 6 minute walk from home, come in for a cup of coffee! Image from Espresso Yourself

You can read more about Fircrest in our Neighborhood Pages and take a look at our list of favorite Fircrest, Tacoma, and University Place destinations below. We’ve calculated the distance from the doorstep of 805 Spring St, as well as the time it takes to drive or walk to these practical and popular spots.

From Home By Car/ From Home On Foot

Downtown Fircrest - Less than Half a Mile from 805 Spring St
Fircrest/Regents Park: 0.2 mile, 1 min/3 min
Spring Lake Cafe: 0.2 mile, 1 min/5 min
Viafore’s Italian Delicatessen: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Studio 602: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Espresso Yourself: 0.3 mile, 3 min/6 min
Mimi’s Teas: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Chopper’s Holistic Pet Foods: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Fircrest Community Center: 0.3 mile, 1 min/5 min
Fircrest Police Department: 0.4 mile, 2 min/8 min

Titlow Beach, just a 10 minute drive from 805 Spring St. includes a park with trails, spray ground, tennis courts, and more.

Titlow Beach, just a 10 minute drive from 805 Spring St. includes a park with trails, spray ground, tennis courts, and more.

The Waterfront - Under 10 minutes by Car
Titlow Park: 2.6 miles, 8 min
Beach Tavern: 2.6 miles, 8 min
Steamers Seafood Cafe: 2.9 miles, 9 min
Narrows Brewing: 2.4 miles, 8 min
Boathouse 19: 2.4 miles, 8 min
Narrows Marina: 2.4 miles, 8 min

Small batch ice cream is less than 2 miles away at  Bliss !

Small batch ice cream is less than 2 miles away at Bliss!

Nearby Dining, Drinks, & Treats
Pint Defiance Specialty Beers: 1 mile, 4 min/20 m
Royal Thai Bistro: 1 mile, 4 min/20 min
Poke Pop: 1 mile, 4 min/20 min
El Sabor: 1.3 miles, 6 min
Sushido: 1.3 miles, 6 min
Kim Anh Vietnamese: 1.3 miles, 6 min
Bliss Creamery: 1.9 miles, 6 min

The Curious Bear Toy & Book Shop is 1 mile away and is a friendly, well-stocked spot to find gifts for kids of all ages.

The Curious Bear Toy & Book Shop is 1 mile away and is a friendly, well-stocked spot to find gifts for kids of all ages.

Shopping & Groceries
Paper Luxe : 1 mile, 4 min/20 min
The Curious Bear Toy & Book Shop: 1 mile, 4 min/20 min
Willow Tree Gardens & Interiors: 1.2 miles, 4 min
Fred Meyer Marketplace: 1.3 miles, 6 min
Harbor Greens: 1.4 miles, 5 min
Tacoma Boys: 1.6 miles, 6 min
Whole Foods: 1.9 miles, 6 min
Trader Joes: 2.3 miles, 9 min

Other Amenities
Tacoma Community College: 0.9 mile, 3 min
Lowe’s Home Improvement: 0.9 mile, 5 min
United States Post Office: 1 mile, 3 min
Fircrest Golf Club: 1 mile, 4 min
Narrows Plaza Bowl: 1.1 miles, 5 min
Home Depot: 1.2 miles, 6 min
Cheney Stadium: 1.9 miles
University Place Pierce County Library: 2.1 miles, 8 min

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Open House/More Information

Open House: come see it in person this weekend!

Saturday, April 27th: 11 am - 1 pm
Sunday, April 28th: 12 - 2 pm

In the meantime, for more information about this Fircrest home, call or text me, Michael Duggan, at 253-226-2787. I'll be happy to answer your questions about this home or the local real estate market in general.