3 Pre-War Homes Standing The Test Of Time

By Emily Irby |

As cities grow and the landscape changes, it’s a relief and often a marvel to find that some buildings have stood the test of time. And contrary to what you might think, the East Coast isn’t the only area of the United States with incredible vintage homes. In fact, buyers looking to purchase their own piece of history in Washington are in luck–there are several listings currently on the market in the Puget Sound area.

Check out these three pre-WWII homes with original build dates ranging from 1925 to 1938 and updated with modern amenities to make day-to-day living convenient and easy. Whether you’re looking for a romantic Spanish-style stunner or a charming Tudor, the Pacific Northwest housing market has some nearly century-old beauties just waiting for buyers to make their own.

2233 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA

This beautifully updated and superbly maintained 1925 home is a treat to behold. Timeless features include a brick fireplace, hardwood floors, and mahogany millwork still in amazing condition. Although the home is almost 100 years old, it boasts all of the wonderful features that make modern living a breeze, like updated kitchen appliances and an enormous walk-in closet. The layout includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a large media room, and an open living room with an attached dining room perfect for entertaining. Ample windows let in plenty of natural sunlight. There’s also an opportunity for you to expand with a huge attic just waiting for you to transform it into the extra space of your dreams. Use the sprawling backyard and patio area for gardening, hosting, or soaking up the sun on upcoming warmer days. Enjoy all of the benefits of Queen Anne living with shopping and dining just minutes away.

2111 Parkside Drive, Seattle, WA| Pending

This 1931 Broadmoor home transports you to another time and land with its beautiful Spanish-style architecture. Situated high off the street for ample privacy, the home’s beautiful landscaping, water feature, and enchanting pergola are a dream–and those are just the exterior features! The interior boasts high ceilings and exposed beams for an elevated design. Incredible details are at every turn. Dramatic doorway arches, mosaic tile doorframes, and contemporary steel window frames make this home something special. The large living room and separate formal dining room both open up to the backyard and offer a world of possibilities when entertaining. The updated kitchen makes cooking and dining a breeze with its ample counter space and large L-shaped island.

This location is unbeatable. You’re just a short walk to charming Madison Park Village and its tantalizing assortment of watering holes, coffee shops, boutiques, and more. Downtown Seattle and the 520 bridge are conveniently located mere minutes away.

4801 Hyada Boulevard NE, Tacoma, WA | Pending 

Views of the sweeping water, Mount Rainier, and Olympic Mountains surround this one-of-a-kind masterpiece of stone and brick topped by a unique slate roof. Beautiful hardwood floors and coved ceilings adorn the living room, dining room, and adjacent chef’s kitchen. Take your gatherings to the next level with a jetted tub, outdoor pizza oven, enormous back patio, and a wine room. Or cozy up in the home’s library or in front of one of the multiple fireplaces (including one in the primary suite).  Features like walk-in closets, two laundry rooms, and a butler’s pantry make for convenient living.

You’re sure to find a beautiful view of the water or the lush landscaping at every turn with expansive windows in nearly every room. Dash Point State Park is only a few minutes away for plenty of hiking, biking, and outdoor fun, and you’re just a short drive to Sea-Tac for easy airport travel.