Seattle Residential: I Do That: Half Price Books and the University District, Seattle

Half Price Books and the University District, Seattle

Half Price Books University District SeattleHalf Price Books has been selling used books, records, tapes, cds, and software since 1972 when the first store opened in Dallas, Texas. I don't know how long they have been in the University District of Seattle, but at least since the late 1980's when I moved to town.
The concept is that they sell all of their wares at one half the price marked on the cover. Fair enough. Many books on the shelves are in like-new condition and I'm happy to look here first before heading off to some other venue. There is nothing glitzy about the presentation either. This is no Borders or Barnes and Noble. You're getting value at a price, and if you love books, you are okay with that.

They buy books, too, and are fairly selective. Many rejects go directly to a dumpster out back. Some times they find a collectible and the pricing on those indicate that their buyer/pricer knows what (s)he's doing.U-District Half Price Books buys books

There are 8 Half Price Book Stores in the Puget Sound area. I've been to most of them and think the University District Store is the largest. Anyway, they have a great selection of books and it is within walking distance of my house. Can't beat that. I was there today picking up a book that I will review in a week or so.

The real estate market in the University District is mostly a mix of single family and condominium with a smattering of multiunits and a small bit of commercial thrown in. Much of the single family is investor owned with the University District being a good draw.

In 2010 there were 71 sales broken down as follows:

  • 29single family
  • 31 condominium
  • 8 multiunit
  • 3 commercial


As usual, on the first of the year we have our lowest inventory. In the University District currently the figures look like this:

  • 7 single family
  • 8 condominiums
  • 2 multiunits

If you are interested in investing in the University District, give me a call. I live here and am happy to help you find a home or investment that will serve you well.

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Glenn Roberts



Comment balloon 10 commentsGlenn Roberts • January 02 2011 03:26PM


Glen, I love that place---great place to rummage through the stacks.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Charlie - I've spent too many hours prowling there...or maybe, not enough.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Glenn ~  Cinnamon would be a regular -- she is an avid reader and just never seems to get her fill of good books to read.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 10 years ago

Tish - Some many books, so little time.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Glenn - I love places like this.  I suppose this is why they are still around when so many businesses didn't make it through the recession.

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) about 10 years ago

Nevin - They just keep plugging away.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Glenn - we had a similar place in Reston, VA, I loved it because they had a small room in the back to sit with your kids and read some books to them... but the books were so old and the room lacked proper vantilation - and I just loved taking my kids there to enjoy the smell of old books - unfortunately after 18 yrs new mgmt took over and renovated the place, taking away that precious smell. 

Posted by Ellie Penaranda, Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co (239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty ) about 10 years ago

Ellie - Old books smell a lot better than new cars.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Man, I need one of those!  I love my library, but there's something about owning a book . . .

Just joined your book club and will get to work on a post about a local bookstore in Downtown Wilmington -- they just moved locations and instead of hiring movers their regulars came and helped pack, move and unpack.  Pretty cool.

Posted by Cinnamon Wright, Assistant to Tish Lloyd (Wilmington Real Estate 4U 910.547.1446) about 10 years ago

Cinnamon - Welcome to the club, look forward to your store review and possibly a book review too.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago