18 Nov These 100-plus-year-old Adobes Are Quintessential Single-family Seattle Dream Homes
Strikingly modern forms might dominate glossy magazine pages (including ours) these days, but for many, the quintessential single-family Seattle dream home comes from the past: the Craftsman, a style of house that was built from the late 19th century to the 1930s. Small wonder, as these homes, with their hug-like mix of wide eaves, low-pitched roofs and chunky porches, are basically the family-friendly golden retrievers of home design. As increasing numbers of the city’s Craftsman-style abodes fall to development, such homes have become ever more prized (and pricey!). We found three dramatically different 100-plus-year-old versions proudly holding their ground at or around $1.5 million.
West Queen Anne
1806 Eighth Ave. W
The overview: Enjoying an aptly haughty hilltop perch, this two-story, four-bedroom, three-bathroom Craftsman made its debut in 1904. Its refined character remains intact, thankfully, along with its original leaded windows and front door. The property is within a healthy strolling distance of Macrina Bakery, How to Cook a Wolf, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Molly Moon’s. (Psst! The summer brought a $126,000 price drop. But the real sticker shocker? In 1979, this home sold for $38,000!)
PERIOD CHARM: Original leaded windows compliment era-appropriate updates in Queen Anne. Photo by Vista Estate Imagery
Inside and out: A terraced walkway bordered by a hedge-and-rock wall leads to a graceful white-framed portico. Inside, elegance reigns, from the new pale gray and white paint scheme and era-appropriate lighting—an Arts and Crafts–style pendant hangs over the dining room—to the richly refinished maple and cherry hardwood floors. While the layout remains refreshingly traditional (no open floor plan here), all rooms show evidence of a sophisticated update. The kitchen, for instance, is wrapped in bright woods and professional appliances, and there’s a modern media room (although it’s fitted with a retro convenience, a Murphy bed). French doors graciously open to a back terrace and large courtyard, which seems just the right size to accommodate one of those newly allowed ADUs.
The details: $1.25 million • Built in 1904 • 3,030 SQF • $412 per SQF • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths • Parking: Off-street, alley access • Walk score: 84
Listing agent: Steve Kennedy Team, Compass Real Estate, Seattle; 206.501.5100; stevekennedy.com