Just what is Modern Victorian anyway? It is a new update on classic elements, where contemporary style is artfully balanced with old-world charm. True Victorian style is ornate and often too frou-frou; it can leave an overwhelmingly feminine and dark impression. However, there are still a lot of elements of traditional style that people gravitate towards. The modern Victorian look embodies all the pretty elements of classic style, but with a contemporary twist to suit the taste of today’s homeowners. Explore three extraordinary Modern Victorian homes represented by Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.
Woodinville Modern Victorian
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Introducing this stunning Modern Victorian custom home on a shy acre of wooded playground. Situated at the top of a hill with just three homes sharing the private road, this four bedroom home has been highly remodeled to seamlessly blend modern amenities and style with timeless architecture. As you arrive at this secluded estate, three water features immediately capture your attention, while the rich architectural details of the home will transport you to an era of forgotten charm.
Open the double Mahogany front doors, and a carved lion newel greets you at the foyer with marble tile floors and an intricate brass gas-lamp chandelier. This is Victorian showiness at its best, with carefully selected carpeting to highlight the ornate staircase. The parlor is centered by a marble fireplace and adorned with thick crown moulding and chair rail, opening to the dining room with French doors and cutout bay windows. The home has been built to the highest standards, with real-wood doors and double-hung windows throughout.
The gourmet kitchen is outfitted with a $30,000 AGA range with four ovens, a SubZero refrigerator, and a large center stainless steel topped center island. The cozy family room is warmed by a stove, ready for family game nights. The rest of the main floor is completed by a private study, a powder room with a sauna (which can easily be converted into a three-quarter bath instead), and even the garage is remodeled.
Ascend the stairs to find three secondary bedrooms, a beautifully-detailed guest bath recently remodeled to add a custom shower, and a brand-new laundry room with ceramic tiled flooring, with ladder access to the massive storage space in the attic. Watch a movie in the generously sized media room with built-in shelves on an entire wall. The master suite boasts a large walk-in closet, a just-remodeled bathroom with a romantic tub with radiant heated marble tiled flooring, and a massive custom shower for two. But wait, push on a secret panel on the wall, and open the secret awe-inspiring library with wall-to-wall floor to ceiling bookcases and a seating area in the turret. This is truly a home for a homeowner with the most discerning tastes.
Port Townsend Queen Anne Victorian
336 Fillmore Street is an authentic rehabilitation of the original Queen Anne Victorian built in 1900 for the town physician, Dr. Jacob C. House it was reconstructed in 2007 in order to recapture the flavor and feeling of the original interior while also gracefully bringing the home into this century and preserving the exterior Queen Anne style. This expansive restoration features 4,500 square feet of living space with water views of Port Townsend Bay and located in the sought-after uptown area.
As you enter the main level you will be swept into the grand scale of the living room with its eleven-foot ceilings and windows throughout with doors opening to a wraparound deck. To the right there is a study/library with oak bookcases and a Rumford fireplace and wet bar. The main living area is an open floor plan that includes the living and formal dining areas, opening to a wraparound deck and onto the breakfast room and kitchen. A completely custom kitchen is appointed with granite counters, island with prep sink, custom milled cabinetry, and a farm sink. High-end appliances include a SubZero refrigerator with additional drawers and freezer drawers; a Wolf range with downdraft, convection and standard ovens; and warming drawer. A full bath with a clawfoot tub is adjacent to the main floor bedroom/office. The back entry leads to a mudroom, finishing the main level.
The sweeping oak curved staircase leads to the large master suite, which encompasses the entire second floor. This luxurious suite offers a generous bath embellished with a whirlpool tub, steam shower, two sinks, and views of the Salish Sea. His-and-hers dressing rooms provide a laundry chute, while two window seats are adorned with fabulous water views to complement an abundance of drawer and closet space in this master retreat.
The garden level consists of a media and living room, guest bedroom with a full en suite bath and private entrance, an additional guest bedroom, and a bath with a steam shower. There is a large laundry room with a Bosch washer, dryer and refrigerator, utility room, and bonus room that opens onto the gardens. The fully-fenced grounds include extensive and mature landscaping, a stone patio, flower gardens, and walking paths. Two free-standing garages are ideal for the hobbyist. The wraparound deck and back deck on the main level have both been outfitted with propane connectors for convenience.
Additional features of this grande dame Queen Anne property include refinished old-growth Douglas Fir wood, slate and carpeted areas with radiant heat flooring throughout. A built-in sound-media system salvaged and restored period silver plated light fixtures and curtain rods, 5.8kw PV solar array and data system, provisions for a future geothermal heating system, stained glass salvaged from the Los Angeles Cathedral, an alarm system and extensive and mature landscaping. The house has been completely rebuilt to current seismic standards, including new foundation, installation to current standards, extra thick fir doors, custom-milled trim among the list of fine details appointed to this truly one of a kind property. Restoration cost in excess of $2.5 million.
Quaint Seattle Victorian
This gorgeous three bedroom, two bath Victorian home has been updated for today’s modern lifestyle with newer triple-pane “Sea Port” insulated windows and a 30-year roof, updated plumbing and electric, refinished original oak floors, a coved ceiling and fireplace. The main floor features a custom tiled full bath with a jetted tub, two light-filled bedrooms, and a kitchen that flows perfectly to the large back deck for summer entertaining. The top floor is an ideal flexible space, whether it’s a bedroom, office, workout or media room. The spacious basement features an entertaining space with a kitchenette and three-quarter bath for a possible ADU. The fenced yard faces South Heights Park!