What’s Wrong With This House: Queen Anne Abode with Views

This 1,840-square-foot home has been on the market for 638 days. Why?

By Lauren Mang March 24, 2015


Each month, we crawl through real estate listings on various websites searching for homes–in all sorts of price points and locations–that for some reason, just haven’t found the right person or family to call their own. Sad. But why haven’t these seemingly lovely dwellings sold? A few months ago we featured this one (which shockingly still hasn’t been scooped up) and got tons of great reader theories as to its continued market presence. My favorite: That it was haunted by a wealthy ghost.

At 807 Newton Street in Queen Anne, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home that was built in 1920 has sat waiting for its next owner for more than 600 days. It’s priced at $689,000 and has gorgeous views of Lake Union from its perch along a dead-end (read: quiet) street. Several Redfin associates have noted that the house is currently “divided into two separate units,” and that the lower unit has the potential for rental income–a perk for some buyers and a deal-breaker for others.

The kitchen has been updated and the windows overlook the lake and its lush surrounding grounds. I like the coffered ceiling in the living room, but I’m willing to bet the staging is partly what’s deterring potential buyers. The matching sofas are too large for the room (and, well, they match) and the bedrooms are cluttered with personal items, which can make it difficult for others to envision a space as their own.

The kitchen has been updated with stainless-steel appliances and nice cabinetry

Pretty views from the kitchen

Outside, the deck and backyard are darling, but as one Redfin associate noted it appears “in need of repair.” Buyers snatch up fixers all the time, so what gives? Why do you think this one hasn’t sold? Tweet us your theories on what’s wrong with this house and we’ll retweet the best answers we get!

Ceiling details are nice and make a grand statement, but the bland staging is hard to see past

Bedroom…with a street sign!

Really nice bathroom with double vanity and a claw-foot tub

Love the outdoor space this home has to offer

Looks like a nice, secluded entertaining space, though one Redfin agent notes the deck appears to be in need of repair


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