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When the charm of an historical home meets impeccably modern appointments, the result encapsulates the lifestyle one seeks in Seattle. This is Cascadia In-City Living. An original 1936 Frederick and Nelson show home, this Mt. Baker abode was completely renovated from 2018 to 2020 that honors the residence’s history while orienting it to the future.
The tone is set at the front of the home in newly landscaped grounds that follow the Seattle Kubota Garden tradition. A study of tranquility, rockery and perfectly manicured plantings meet charming brick pathways for contemplation and a breath of fresh air. Next, a modern front door opens to light and bright living, complemented by warm rich hardwood floors.
Whether it’s a quiet afternoon or a twilight cocktail hour, the living room seamlessly accommodates, complete with a stylish new fireplace and two sets of French doors leading to the Mongolian flamed basalt patio and backyard. Envision summer cookouts and lawn games set against a backdrop of Lake Washington, Genessee Park, and mountain views spanning the Cascades to Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier. A mod-inspired, newly refurbished kitchen is primed to suit the needs of even the most ambitious chef, as bright white accents and Subway tile set the stage for an island with seating, gas range, and eating space for casual meals. The adjacent formal dining room serves as a palette for grand occasions, with cocktails and conversation flowing beneath a modern light fixture. The main floor also features refurbished and new trim reflecting the authentic 1930s style, new bay style Marvin windows, and a powder room restored to its original state.
The upper level of the home unfolds to easy daily living. A true retreat, the primary suite offers a convenient laundry chute and a modernized ensuite bath. There are two additional spacious bedrooms on the upper level and a refurbished three-quarter bath, in addition to hidden window screens throughout. The ground floor affords private quarters for overnight stays—with a full bedroom and bathroom—in addition to a laundry room with a sink, and a wine cellar.
It is rare to find an in-city retreat with the space and seclusion afforded here. The back patio leads to a fully enclosed and securely gated backyard with complete privacy and awe-inspiring views. Extensive landscaping includes espalier fruit trees and trellised wine grapes, while two sets of staircases flank a Basalt boulder retaining wall leading down to a sport court for basketball, volleyball or pickleball. A gazebo offers the perfect perch to view the activities on the court or to look out at the splendor of the lake, with a convenient shed for storage.
A storied neighborhood, the residence is ideally positioned for seamless access to the Seattle Light Rail, Lake Washington, Genessee Park, and the Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Club. Just a 20-minute drive to Sea-Tac Airport. There is generous off-street parking to accommodate at least three vehicles, a custom waste bin alcove, and secure gates to protect the backyard. The 0.43-acre lot is primed for additional modification, as the three legal lots allow for subdivision or the construction of an accessory dwelling unit.