Head out for a sumptuous dinner or an efficient afternoon of errands at the top of Queen Anne. Host a fantastic party for adults and kids alike in your spacious kitchen, family room, deck and family-friendly yard. Even in summer you can leave the AC off and enjoy popcorn and movie night in the cool and comfy basement.
This home has everything you need and more! It’s spacious with soaring ceilings and beautifully appointed finishes. It has an engaging layout with both gathering spaces and quiet spots to work and host guests. There’s a great backyard with mature plantings and room to relax and play. Its located in a great neighborhood and close to many of the best restaurants, shops and attractions in Seattle!
HEART OF THE HOME
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and that is definitely true here! The kitchen is custom-designed by Seattle architect, Sara Wise, who is known for her original furniture designs. The materials and workmanship are impeccable throughout: the bar, bench, and appliance nook are bleached walnut sourced from Oregon; the custom cabinetry was made by Hewitt Cabinets, a family-owned business in Tacoma; the blackened steel around the bar, refrigerator and built-ins were made in a Georgetown metal shop; the soapstone countertops have a matte finish and light veining throughout and don’t need to be sealed; the Ann Sacks Carrara marble subway tiles capture a modern style; and all this is complimented by a built-in buffet in the dining room with a Carrara marble slab and wine fridge.
The kitchen and surrounding spaces are also designed with a keen eye toward function, comfort and entertaining. The appliances are spectacular, including a gorgeous Wolf range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The custom storage bench is perfect for art supplies, dining linens, or anything else you’d like to keep handy. The kitchen opens on one side to a large bright family room. The huge windows on the other side open completely, letting in fresh breezes and opening to a soapstone bar perfect for serving drinks and appetizers, the back deck made of African Iron Wood and a great backyard. There’s even a custom bamboo planter that can easily be rolled to provide a decorative backdrop or to a create temporary privacy screen. These spaces allow for anything from an intimate family gathering to a huge family-friendly party!
The backyard is a great place to play or relax and enjoy sunsets over the mountains. There is enough space for a good game of croquet. There’s a play structure with an attached “tree house” nestled under a mature deep purple lilac tree that blooms in the spring and gives off amazing floral fragrance. The large clerodendrum tree is original to the property and 35+ years old. It blooms with pink and white flowers mid-summer through fall and attracts hummingbirds, blue jays, squirrels, and other birds, and the plantings under the tree bloom all season long. The sprinkler system makes it easy to keep the yard looking great. Under the deck, the hardscape storage area is protected with a built-in roof/drainage system which makes it a perfect place to store gardening tools, lawn equipment or outdoor toys. The backyard is equipped with a gas outlet to hook up a BBQ and the fence was rebuilt in 2017 with clear cedar.
The entire home is filled with thoughtful, functional and beautiful spaces. At the entrance you are greeted by a gracious formal living room, high ceilings and a grand staircase. As you walk down the hall, the elegant dining room with its modern light fixture, tranquil blue walls, rich trim and huge windows stretches out in front of you. To your right is the fantastic kitchen and family room and to your left is a convenient powder room and bright and quiet home office that could also be a fifth bedroom.
Upstairs are three large bedrooms including the huge master suite with soaring cathedral ceilings and massive windows. The master bathroom is generous with double sinks, a glass-surround shower and separate tub, a toilet closet and large walk-in closet with high-end closet organizers. The other two bedrooms on this level are on the other side of the landing, such that there’s good proximity to but also privacy for the master. These bedrooms are connected by a large Jack-n-Jill bath but with individual sink areas and walk-in closets.
The open basement is large enough for sizable yet cozy furniture, game tables and more! Flatwire has already been installed to allow for a surround sound home theater or workout space. There’s also a basement guest room and full bathroom and access to the huge garage with shelving, a built-in workbench for tool storage, a mirror for an exercise space and a small children’s climbing wall.
Despite its size, this home makes efficient use of energy. The solar panels cover the cost of energy for much of the year and generated 55 – 65% of the current owner’s total power usage. You will likely have a power bill credit most of the year! Natural gas heats water and the home inexpensively. There’s central air conditioning but the basement stays cool in the summer even without it, which makes it a great place to watch a movie or have a “sleepover” to escape the heat if you feel like skipping the AC.
NEIGHBORHOOD AND LOCATION
The neighborhood is full of people and families of all ages including families with young children attending the local neighborhood schools. If you feel like partaking there are block parties, BBQs and meetups and there is a general feeling of everyone looking out for each other and being willing to pitch in to help each other out.
The location of the home is absolutely phenomenal! It’s only a few block from Seattle Pacific University, which brings a youthful energy to the area. The SPU job board is also a great place to find students to help with childcare, dog walking, house-sitting and tutoring, and the SPU campus offers recreational facilities like the basketball court in front of Ashton Hall where the neighborhood kids love to ride scooters, bikes and play basketball. There are even classes in gymnastics, dance and other activities taught by college students and gymnasts.
This home is also close to the Burke Gilman Trail, many bus routes that travel to downtown Seattle, north Seattle and even the airport. It’s a quick Uber or Lyft ride to downtown (usually 10 minutes or less including pickup!) It’s close to Ballard with its great restaurants (Staple & Fancy and Stoneburner were two favs!), to Fremont if you’re looking for a more alternative vibe with hipster shops, for clothes, records or vintage items, the Flying Apron Bakery for vegan treats or Chiso for amazing sushi. And, of course there’s the top of Queen Anne Hill with its shops and restaurants. Other things nearby include Coe Elementary, the legendary Macrina bakery, Ken’s Market, various Queen Anne parks and Seattle Center.
Why not come take a look and make this gorgeous home yours?