Cinematic Property Video of 1401 8th Avenue West
Further an exceptional piece of Seattle history with this Italianate-inspired home situated perfectly on the west slope of Queen Anne. With sweeping views of Puget Sound, take in spectacular sunsets, ferry activity and the Olympic Mountain range. Beautifully preserved and updated recently with homage paid to its original architectural integrity, this home is ripe for continued restoration – providing another 100 years of beauty, comfort and inspiration. Stately, yet inviting: for the select few fortunate enough to call this home, it is the perfect balance of history, location and modernity.
ENCHANTING. HISTORIC. ELEGANT.
Steep yourself in the history here, taking in this unique piece of architecture built by Seattle-transforming architect, Harlan Thomas, as his own personal residence in 1909. Enchanted by his visit to the Amalfi Coast, he was inspired greatly by a Capri villa at which he had stayed, and implemented in his magical home many similar elements: curved, stucco facade, outdoor Italianate courtyard and large, and sunset-facing windows.
EXPLORE THE HOME
Enter the main level via a grand, yet welcoming portico. A handsome glass-framed door brings you to the inside foyer and offers immediate, breathtaking views as you look through the expansive living room. Take in your first glance of the gorgeous six-paned windows adorning the house throughout, allowing amazing light flow- such a rarity in a home of this age! An immense fireplace designed with decorative brickwork by the architect himself graces the living room, complete with terra cotta bas-relief tiles, inspiring visions of grand, Italian drawing rooms. Other lovely details in this room include built-in bookshelves, window seating and overhead period-specific light fixtures.
Adjoining the living room by two separate sets of grand, glass-paned double doors is a spacious sun room, made up of “walls of windows”, offering full southern and western exposure – taking full advantage of all the views available. With original built-in seating, this room invites you to enjoy in a multitude of ways: a most enviable work-from-home space? Family room? Library or play room? You choose, the options are endless.
So convenient for everyday living and entertaining alike, follow the circular floorplan into the most gracious dining room. Still taking in the views, also admire the built-in storage, perfectly placed for small dinners or large gatherings.
And now to take in the kitchen! A brand new kitchen remodel, having just been finished in 2020, is astonishing – the ultimate combination of modern amenities and thought to the architectural integrity of a home built in the early 1900s. With copious amounts of pristine custom cabinetry, handsome yet industrious soapstone countertops and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances (Wolf, Miele and SubZero), this is every home chef’s dream of a kitchen. Additionally, this room was partially “opened” to both the dining and living rooms to take advantage of the views and provide an even better flow to the spaces.
Make your way up the wide, grand staircase and be delighted at the landing by the beautiful curved window with gorgeous “ivy”-infused stained glass – just another exquisite detail in this house!
This home benefits immensely from a desirable three-bedroom-up configuration, all grand in size and graced with extensive storage. Gorgeous hardwood floors continue on this level as well. The primary bedroom faces west and south to take in the sweeping views and also is home to its own beautiful fireplace. Complete with not one, but two spacious walk-in closets, there is also a private sink in one.
The second bedroom, also with western and southern exposure, is home to a lovely little extra reading or play space – a delightful layout which offers another level of privacy and charm. The third bedroom has serene northern exposure, its own private sink and extensive storage built in.
A rich bathroom is conveniently placed off the spacious hall, offering up the beauty of original Rookwood Pottery ceramic tile and abundant built in storage.
Make your way to the lower level of this home and be entranced by the options here! As you make your way down, don’t miss the original four-paned round window on your descent. Conveniently placed at the bottom of this beautiful staircase is a newly added, spacious powder room. Carefully designed, it includes all new fixtures and tile but retains charm and character with two original exposed walls of wood.
Separate down the hall is a generously sized laundry room with brand new, gleaming white, Samsung side-by-side washer and dryer.
And now, for the piece-de-la-resistance! Also on this lower level is a complete, fully self-contained, one bedroom “apartment”. Guest or au pair quarters? Mother-in-law? AirBnB? Separate office? The opportunities abound here, what with access from inside the house or its own separate entrance via the exterior walkway.
Beautifully designed, this space includes an open floor plan for living, kitchen and dining plus a separate office space. On this level, admire the curved, “double-door” windows throughout, offering perfect visibility to the Sound, the Olympics and sunsets – as on each and every floor! A third, massive fireplace adorns the main room here with stately mantle and andirons. An efficient wall kitchen offers stainless steel appliances , including a four-burner gas stove, petite dishwasher, fridge and microwave. Plus great cabinet storage and counter space. A large bedroom with its own, updated full bath rounds out this level with every convenience included.
Not to miss: an additional storage / work room (complete with vintage safe, which conveys with home!) and an attached, 2 car garage.
OUTSIDE AND BEYOND
A lovely Italianate-inspired courtyard with mature rose bushes is also placed perfectly for views while dining al fresco, enjoying a morning cappuccino or gardening if that’s a love of yours! This area can be reached easily either off the back door at the main level kitchen or through the outside lower level entry. Either way, such a lovely environment for enjoying the Seattle landscape.
Nestled on the western slope of Queen Anne this historic home sits just below the Wilcox Wall (1915) which has earned landmark status in Seattle due to its decorative brickwork, Gothic arches and Art Deco streetlights.
This inner-urban oasis sits on a quiet, tree-lined street yet is easy proximity to all of the following:
- Gorgeous and expansive Kinnear Park, complete with off-leash dog area, stunning views, plus tennis and pickle ball courts
- Cafe Fiore or Storyville Coffee for your caffeine needs!
- Extensive dining options, including Ethan Stowell’s “How to Cook A Wolf” and Molly Moon’s Ice Cream to name just a couple.
- The best selection in grocery options: Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Met Market and Safeway all nearby
- Enjoy quick access to North and South Seattle with a 5 minute drive to SR 99
IN CLOSING . . .
Imagine being the next custodian of this rich piece of Seattle history. A gorgeous, hill-side home with extraordinary views and immense character throughout, it awaits its next chapter in continued restoration. The perfect blend of original charm and modern amenities, it is the utmost in beauty and stature. Come see in person today this unique piece of Seattle’s architectural yesteryears and be thoroughly enchanted!
More info? www.QueenAnneViewVilla.com