Michael Ackerman and Hania Younis are beyond thrilled to present their latest listing – an impeccable and serene modern beauty in the lovely Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle.
This home was meticulously designed and built by its owners over the course of 10 years and it truly is one-of-a-kind!!
The original concept was to design a home that provides ample opportunities to display art while also creating a constant connection to the garden outside. The translation of that idea into planning and then form has resulted in a beautiful, serene and inspiring place to live. The home is also constructed to be sustainable, energy efficient, durable and livable. It is built mainly with local materials, some of which are reclaimed.
The home’s unassuming street appearance belies the journey that enfolds past the threshold. The entryway has beautifully poured concrete floors which are embossed with the impressions of fir needles, evoking a sense of the outdoors flowing into the interior. At the entrance and throughout the spaces you feel that nature and the home are one. Proceeding past a 3/4 bathroom and floor to ceiling window, the space opens onto a great room with protected south facing windows that look out onto the garden and up toward the sky. There are vaulted ceilings with beautiful wood beams, an open kitchen with clever custom cabinetry, a huge kitchen island and a welcoming modern fireplace. Just past the great room and on the same level is a spa-like bathroom with a perfect mix of tile, glass tile and stone and one of two potential master bedrooms. One could live comfortably and easily on just this one level, but there is so much more to see.
The finishes throughout the home are intentionally cohesive, consistent and complimentary, further enhancing the sense of serenity and calm. Following the gently sloping stairway, which is made from the wood of reclaimed desks, you come upon a second bedroom and bathroom. They are connected to the upper floor yet also have a sense of privacy. A bit further down, past the lower garden entry is a very large room with hand-finished concrete floors that flirt with perfection. This could be used as a substantial second entertainment space, a grand office or anything else that comes to your imagination. And tucked behind this larger lower living space is a small quiet room that could be used as a yoga studio, a shop, wine cellar or simply a climate-controlled storage space.
Also on the lower level is one of the true masterpieces of the home, a large room with beautiful windows and patio doors leading out onto the lower garden. This room could easily be a second master bedroom or, as the current owners used it, an amazing artist’s studio. Because it has its own sink and closet and easy access to the second bathroom, the possibilities for this space are almost endless. Lastly, integrated beautifully and quietly into the design, is an attached over-sized two-car garage that opens out onto the alley in back. There is ample room for cars, outdoor gear, general storage or all of the above.
The garden is integrated thoughtfully and intentionally. There are two main levels to the garden and it can be seen from almost every corner of the home. The landscaping is drought-tolerant and includes edible plants such as huckleberry, Green Gage plum and Macintosh apples. There is also a naturalized pond and the sound of the waterfall permeates the house in the summer when the windows are open.
Among other things, this home features energy efficient appliances, radiant floors with a 5-zone heating system, pumpless hot water loop to master and guest baths, natural ventilation for year-round comfort and responsible energy use, in-wall speakers, wiring for data and AV including pre-wiring for future flexibility, metal roofing, and an all-new domestic water system.
The home is insulated beyond Washington’s progressive energy code and designed to harvest warm sunlight in the winter while blocking the sun in the summer, so energy use is always low. With cross ventilation and a purposeful thermal mass, the house is designed to be cool in the summer even without air conditioning. A pumpless hot water loop provides hot water to the master bath instantly to reduce wasting fresh water. The durable construction means that the house is built to last.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE COMMUNITY
Whether you’re traveling by car or using the nearby public transportation, this home has great access to downtown Seattle and South Lake Union. It’s close to the Metropolitan Market, the Locks, the Magnolia library, the solar-heated community Mounger swimming pool and “The Village.” The people in the area are also friendly and engaged with each other. There is an active neighborhood group and community block parties.
For more information please visit www.ModernInMagnolia.com