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Perfectly Preserved Time Capsule Home Sells For $750K Over List

By Alyssa Morrison |

Rarely does a home so perfectly preserve a bygone era like this one on Hilltop Road. It’s no surprise the buyers swooped in with an offer like this. 

The mid-century modern home is treasured throughout the Northwest. Those that were not knocked down before their design could be fully appreciated garner fans—and offers—whenever one hits the market. But to find one with such detail and care from its original architects and lovingly cared for by the home’s original and only stewards, is even more remarkable.

Renowned Architecture of Yesterday & Tomorrow

Represented by Global Real Estate Advisor Mary Norris, the 2,710-square-foot West Bellevue home was designed by Mithun and Nesland Architects. Omer Mithun, a beloved professor at the University of Washington, was committed to the environment, urbanism, and integrated design, among other passions. Along with Harold Nesland, they designed the home to capture sweeping 180-degree views of Lake Washington, the Olympics, and the Cascade Mountains. And as the years passed, it also captured the rising and expanding skylines of both Seattle and Bellevue.

Mithun and Nesland split shortly after the completion of the Hilltop residence, but evidence of both men’s work dots the region. And Mithun, now a revered firm with locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles as well, continues to offer its uniquely Northwest and innovative perspective to Bellevue as they create “The Bellevue at The Collection” a mixed-use project on a 3.6-acre site on the southeast corner of Bellevue Square.

Closing the Sale

Mary instantly recognized the specialness of the home and marketed this one-owner residence as “an unaltered gem.” The home’s original interiors greet you with exposed beams, clean lines, brick accent walls, and period details at every turn. With Bellevue properties moving fast (there were just .3 months of inventory available in the third quarter of 2021) it wasn’t just about finding a buyer—but finding an audience for this very specific home—so treasured, loved, and cared for.

“Time capsule homes are rare, and even more special is finding one that has been so meticulously looked after,” says Mary. “The owner commissioned the property from Mithun and Nesland and watched Seattle and Bellevue rise before their very eyes. We shared the home so that buyers would understand and appreciate the design, the history, and the importance of the home.”

Its location in West Bellevue’s coveted and esteemed Vuecrest neighborhood was also, certainly, a draw.

On the market for just eight days, the owner accepted an offer of $4 million—23 percent over the list price.

RSIR Global Real Estate Advisor Neda Perrina represented the buyers, who will now steward this piece of Bellevue architectural history. 

Congratulations to Mary, Neda, and their clients on this extraordinary sale!