eastern is more common.
western not as common.
Mostly seen on steeper lots as a walk out basement.
Western Washington is sometimes very wet :-) and a
typical basement would potentially have some issues.
In Western Washington basements are quite common in homes built prior to 1960 mainly, and we have a lot of those all over. Some are or have been wet.., and continue to be if not dealt with. Some were dry right from the start and many have been converted to living areas. Those that are daylight basements are popular for extended family use or a second living area. I live in a Tudor style 2 story w/basement built in 1930 that is 3600 sq/ft in size on 5 acres, with a full daylight basement that I had rented out to my younger sister. The newer constructed homes rarely have basements at all.
Side note off topic; My whole family is from near the St. Croix river in Osceola and some in LaCross and across the river in St. Paul. On the farm we had a cellar/basement and I see some like that here too, grandpa used to keep his liquor there and grandma kept her canned good there, it was always cool. :)
-Don Leske Sr.
That you may be looking for a basement makes it an even better to come here to rent, prior to searching for a home, because there are fewer to choose from finding that special pearl in the location and condition can take a little time.
You are very lucky your neighbor has expressed an interest in your home. Pleaase engage a local realtor to provide you with a market analysis to assist in determining a fair market price, and manage all documents and contracts. Ive seen many neighbors express an interest, but few that put down money and move forward to close. A realtor can help you "flush them out" as serious or not. They need to write an offer and put down earnest money with a lender prequalification in order to be anything more than talk.
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Basements are quite common, especially on older homes. For many new homes, however, basements are usually not an option, and when they are, they seem overpriced, at least in my opinion.
We have alot of daylight basements here in Clark County. I live in one myself and we build them all the time. New products keep any moisture away..No water issues with that. So yes..They are common in the heights area, Downtown area..But are all older homes..I have sold and been in tons of neat older homes with basements. They are very nice if done right. If you want more info on where they are located you can log on my website and contact me.
It depends where your buying. There are definetly trends in some areas. Like western Washington alot of the homes don't have basements, especially the new ones, they build up because it's cheaper and faster. In the Spokane Real Estate market people love their basements and figure that it doubles your sq ft. but It just depends on the neighbrhoods as some will be a certain vintage. Like you'll have 1900 victorians and bungalows that don't have much of a basement unless it's for the furnace. Then as you get into the 1940's to 1970's it's ranchers with basements, then 1970's to 1990's alot of split levels, and then 1990 to 2008 four levels with storage or 1 room in the basement.
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