Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Washington Park Jewel

This Washington Park jewel sits on one of the venerable neighborhood's most highly sought, tree-lined streets. Built in 1928, the classic traditional home has been extensively refurbished with exquisite style, both inside and out. Several remodels in the 1990's updated systems and endowed the house with all the amenities desired for contemporary living. R. David Adams transformed the grounds and created inviting spaces for outdoor living and entertaining.

The two-story house with red brick walls and a gabled shake roof has a commanding presence from the street. A tall diamond pane, leaded glass window with a wrought iron Juliet balcony graces the fa├žade. Aggregate steps lead up a sloping lawn bordered by mature plantings. They end at a covered entry with a paneled door and elaborate surround.

An entry hall with a split staircase has arched passageways to adjoining living and dining rooms. Both of these graciously proportioned formal rooms have dark-stained hardwood floors and high ceilings with crown molding. The living room features a wood-burning fireplace with a verde marble surround and mantel detailed with classical motifs. Leaded glass windows have lovely territorial views; clerestory windows above them bring in additional light. Leaded glass casement windows in the dining room look out on the front lawn, while French doors on the opposite wall open to a terrace and formal back lawn.

A beautifully updated kitchen offers granite slab counters, tile floors, and traditional cabinets, some fitted with leaded glass doors. A center island topped by a wrought iron pot rack holds a 4-burner gas cook-top by Dacor. Other appliances include Dacor double convection ovens, a paneled Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, KitchenAid microwave, and dishwasher. An informal dining area is positioned next to leaded glass windows looking out on the backyard. A door in the kitchen provides easy access to the yard and back garden.

A hallway off the entry leads to an exceptional library with pine-paneled walls. This cozy room has built-in cabinetry for media equipment as well as a window seat under a lovely, diamond pane window that looks out on the backyard. Completing the main floor is an elegant powder room with fluted pedestal sink.

A split staircase with two tall diamond pane windows and display niches leads to the second floor, where there are three bedrooms and two baths. The master suite has high vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and one wall lined in built-in storage cabinetry. A tall window with a Juliet balcony enjoys peek-a-boo views of Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, and the Bellevue skyline. The three-quarter master bath has been updated with marble tile floors and a glass-walled shower. A second bedroom also has a partial view of the lake and mountains. The third bedroom, equipped with a cedar closet, looks out on the backyard. These two bedrooms are served by an updated full bath with a claw foot tub, pedestal sink, tile floors, and built-in cabinetry. A utility room with laundry facilities is conveniently located on the second floor. A full, unfinished basement offers abundant storage options as well as great potential for an additional level of living space.

A beautiful terrace and back lawn provide an ideal setting for outdoor entertaining. The brick-trimmed aggregate terrace adjoins a level lawn bordered by neatly clipped boxwood and mature rhododendron. High hedges that surround the backyard provide privacy to the gated, fully enclosed space. Stone pavers off the kitchen lead to a lushly planted garden. An azalea-lined walkway connects the house with a detached 2-car garage accessed from the alley.

This distinguished residence is only minutes from Lake Washington and the shops and village-like amenities of Madison Park. It is also easily accessible from downtown Seattle.

Offered at $2,500,000


Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1 full; 1 three-quarter; 1 half
Fireplace: 1
Year Built: 1928
Lot Size: 7,200
Heat: Gas-fired hot water
Garage: 2-car detached
Taxes: $16,202 (KCR 2008)