Fortunately this was the price of new MLT homes in the 1950’s, not how far current prices have dropped.
Last week I showed a photo of a gas station in Mountlake Terrace from the 1950’s and some readers on Facebook thought it was the Shell station on Ballinger Way/244th. Though not technically in the city limits it seems to be the best guest. See the aerial photo at the end of this post to see the location.
Here is a great photo of a billboard advertising new Mountlake Terrace home prices starting at $5,999. Unless you know where Conner’s Sno-King Mink farm was located in 1951, there is nothing in this photo that would tell us where in the city the sign was located. The photo was taken in October of 1951, right when many of the small cinderblock homes in the Town Center neighborhood were being built. So the billboard was likely in the south part of town pointing people north along the 56th Ave W corridor.
I have also included an aerial photo of the city and some arrows showing possible locations of the gas station and billboard.
Aerial photo showing Mountlake Terrace c. 1952:
Images courtesy Tacoma Public Library.