Seattle fire houses for sale soon


by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 19 at 8:42 PM

SEATTLE -- For the first time in 20 years, Seattle is pursuing plans to put two old fire houses up for sale. They're not on the market yet, but there is already plenty of interest.

"It was a fun place to work, busy as all get out, but a lot of fun," said Gary Pearson as he walks through old Fire Station 37. Pearson loved his job as a firefighter.

"30 years, 6 months and 8 days.  But who's counting?" he laughs.

Pearson is interested in turning his old fire house into his new home. The city hopes to put it up for sale soon.

"We're recommending that the fire station be sold and the most likely re-use of this building would be as a single family house," said Chris Potter, Director of Facility Operations for the city's Department of Finance and Administrative Services.

Built in 1925, the building is a designated landmark, so a new owner wouldn't be able to do much to the outside. But you'll find all kinds of possibilities on the inside.

What it lacks in form it makes up for in function. There's even a fireplace in this fire house, not to mention a garage that could fit five cars.

But it does need a lot of work.

"It just needs a lot of remodeling before it would be a cozy house for somebody," said Potter.

The city has already seen a lot of interest in both the old Fire Station 38 and at 37, an old fire house Pearson hopes to one day call home.

"I could have my friends come and spend the night and say, 'Hey, you get to sleep at 37 again!'"

City officials don't know yet how it would be priced.  The assessed value of station 37 is $289,000.  All proceeds from the sale would go into the fire facilities budget.

For more information, visit the City of Seattle's website.