Real Estate: Three Seattle Craftsman Homes

The iconic Seattle home makes a strong showing in three local neighborhoods.

Craftsman homes first started appearing in Seattle around 1900 as an offshoot of the British Arts and Crafts movement, which emphasized the handmade over the mass-produced, and design simplicity over the ornate Victorian homes of the era.

Found in neighborhoods all across Seattle, especially Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, Leschi, West Seattle and Wallingford, the Craftsman design reflects our region’s connection to the timber industry—the homes are usually made of wood—and the low-slung rooflines and deep, overhanging eaves seem perfect for our often rainy weather.

In Craftsman homes, workmanship is key, says Seattle real estate broker Kevin Doran (

“Most Craftsmen have some beautiful woodwork on the main floor. Oftentimes, this has been painted over,” he says, but paint can be stripped to restore the original look to the home. Inside, Craftsman homes tend toward open, flowing floor plans—think “great room.” Says Doran: “I think these homes work well in Seattle, with more flow, encouraging conversation and connection, and exteriors with more natural, muted tones harmonizing with the environment. It’s easy to see why I and many Seattleites gravitate to this architecture.” 

Capitol Hill (see photo above)
List price: $1,995,000    
Square footage: 5,043; 5 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms
Year built: 1906
Property size: 5,760 square feet
Property taxes: $12,899
Bonus: “Seattle Box” Craftsman; the seller is an architect
Date listed: 5/26/11
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List price: $825,000
Square footage: 2,400; 4 Bedrooms/2.5 Bathrooms
Year built: 1908
Property size: 3,484 sq ft
Property taxes: $7,770
Bonus: Big views of Lake Washington
Date Listed: 10/15/11

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List price: $2,150,000
Square footage: 5,910; 5 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms
Year built: 1918
Property size: 9,000 sq ft
Property taxes: $19,791
Bonus: Meticulously updated
Date Listed: 9/7/11

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Note: Some or all of these homes may have sold since publication. Listings and data courtesy of Zillow.


Two Local Design Sites With Great Redecorating Ideas

Two Local Design Sites With Great Redecorating Ideas

Two online retailers are making it easier than ever to redecorate your home without ever leaving it
The living room created by local interior designer Brian Paquett for’s virtually designed Seattle Showhouse earlier this year.

Image: Jeff Beck
The home office space created by local interior design company Pulp Design Studio for’s virtually designed Seattle Showhouse earlier this year “All that’s good” (ATG) truly is in store for Seattleites shopping at, the Kirkland-based home furnishings company and partner of digital design service website Decorist ( Once at the Decorist site, users can select which room they would like to make over and the design package that best suits their budget (see “Cost,” below). Next, they’re guided through a quiz that matches them with a personalized stylist based on their taste, preferences and color schemes. Decorist’s stylists then begin suggesting items with which to decorate the room, pulling primarily from ATGStores’ vast database of trendy fixtures and chic furniture, sharing all of their suggestions in the digital account created for the customer. “We see this [type of online service] as an innovative approach of interior design,” says Molly Hartney, vice president of marketing and merchandising for ATGStores. “The designer builds 3-D boards for the customer and then uploads them to the customer’s account, talks one on one with them…it makes the experience totally unique.” Through additional direct messaging, purchasing and installation services, all projects can go from concept to completion entirely online.

Cost: Rates start at $199/project for “classic designers” (designers who are newer to the industry) and range from $599 to $1,299 for “elite designers” (who have more than five years of experience) or “celebrity designers” (whose work has been featured in industry publications), such as Brian Paquette, Coco Kelly, Pulp Design Studio and Celerie Kemble. 

Image: Jeff Henkel (
A bedroom interior created online using for a South Lake Union apartment The digital design service offered from online home decor marketplace Dezignable ( is called Swank—and appropriately so. “Swank is customized shopping for the highly connected, busy individual,” says Marty Collins cofounder of Dezignable, which is headquartered in South Lake Union. “You can redecorate on your own schedule.” Swank’s members-only service provides clients with access to professional stylists. The customer can send images of the spaces they want redesigned and, in return, are sent a personalized shopping list of products sourced from Dezignable’s marketplace, which offers them a discount on all products purchased as well as free shipping. “It’s a custom style experience, at an affordable price,” says Collins. 

Cost: Rates start at $99 for a yearlong membership, which includes correspondence with a personal stylist ready to help pick products for your home, 15 percent off all items purchased on and free shipping.