Patrick Robinson
This house at 5269 California Ave. S.W. is being given away, free of charge...with just one catch. You have to move it off the lot. The West Seattle Nursery next door is expanding and the home, also owned by Mark Smith, nursery owner, has to go.

Want a free house? West Seattle Nursery is expanding next door

They are giving away owner Mark Smith's house to make room

West Seattle Nursery has a major expansion plan in mind but that means the house next door has got to go. But it won't be torn down. Instead they want to give the house away completely free.

They are planning to build a retail greenhouse, beverage stand and gift shop on the lot next door to the existing nursery space where owner, Mark Smith currently resides.

The one catch is that whoever qualifies to take the home must pay for it to be removed and taken somewhere.

The Nursery is hoping to start construction in July of this year but first the house will need to be removed. The spacious, well lit and comfortable house has very sturdy 1920’s era construction with original molding, windows and doors. Mr. Smith is only the 2nd owner in the house’s history.

The house is available for haul-away June 1, 2014. "We'd love it if a charitable organization could use it somewhere," said Marcia Bruno, Nursery Manager.

The greenhouse plans include a two story multi-function building that will house a classroom space for gardening classes, large storage area for back stock merchandise and spacious customer bathrooms on the first floor. The second floor will have a business operations office facing California Avenue SW and an efficient but roomy new apartment to serve as Mr. Smith’s new residence.

The greenhouse has been designed by West Seattle architect Parie Hines of and the nursery will seek local builders to do the actual construction work. Bids will be sought this week.

"We hope to have it open by March of next year and sooner would be wonderful but we're trying to be realistic," said Bruno.

If you would like more information about the house and/or the West Seattle Nursery Expansion Project, please contact WSN General Manager, Marcia Bruno at (206)935-9276 or email her at

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