In the Pacific Northwest, there’s a chill in the air and the daylight is scarce. Winter’s longest days are upon us—and whether you’re a homebody ready to curl up with a good book, or it’s the time of year to entertain with great conversation, merry music, and hot toddies, you’ll want to do it in front of a cozy, lit fire.
We’re taking a look at four beautiful homes that feature fireplaces boasting hearths for propping up socked feet or in living rooms with mantels where you might hang stockings, or stare out the window as the sun sets on the shortest days of the year.
27261 8th Ave S, Des Moines | Represented by Lori DeVore
At this home in Des Moines, the low-bank waterfront location assures you sunset views over the Puget Sound any time of year. But in the winter, at 4:15 when the sun starts to slip below the horizon, light a fire in this cozy living room. The clean lines of the white tile and cream interior, along with the glow of the flames keep this room bright even during the darkest months.
4815 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island | Represented by Robyn Kimura Hsu and Rachel Schindler
When the Washington wind and rain chill you to the bone, you’ll want to get home at the end of a long day and snuggle up by the fire. In this Mercer Island home, you can sit by the flames in the living room or even in the master bedroom, but here you can also find deep relaxation by running a warm bath, and yes, lighting the fire. Pairs well with a glass of wine and a good book.
37405 323rd Ave SE, Enumclaw | Represented by Brian Hopper and Rocky Poulin
Nestled among mature landscaping, discover this Northwest Craftsman home and its ski-lodge worthy fireplace. The home’s grand floor plan boasts an open-concept layout featuring a two-story rock fireplace that anchors the living room. Return home after an afternoon spent on the slopes or hiking through the Cascade lowlands, slip on your slippers and light the fire. You’ll be ready to relax.
9215 SE 33rd St, Mercer Island | Represented by Yvonne Lindbom
At this welcoming Mercer Island abode, you’ll find not one or two, but three places to warm up next to the fire. And while we’ve been talking about staying cozy during the winter, the fireplaces and pits offer an ideal setting that assures you’ll stay snug all year-round. Gather with loved ones for holidays in the living room, hanging stockings with care from the mantle. As spring moves in, spend more time outside, including evenings on the covered patio, where the outdoor fireplace extends those first few beautiful days of the season. In the summer, a fire pit in the backyard begs for marshmallow roasting and s’mores, as you gather around for the camp-like setting, but with the comfort of your home just steps away.