Real Estate: Three Seattle Craftsman Homes

The iconic Seattle home makes a strong showing in three local neighborhoods.
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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 (kevindoran.info).

“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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Madrona
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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Montlake
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.

 

Room of the Day: Soothing Comfort in a Lakeside Living Room

Room of the Day: Soothing Comfort in a Lakeside Living Room

A wood-burning fireplace, natural elements, mixed woods and inviting seating make this a relaxing spot after a day on the lake
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This article originally appeared on Houzz.com.

You won’t find a big-screen TV in this living room across the street from Lake Sammamish, near Seattle. That’s because after a day of boating or hiking on nearby trails, the homeowners, who live here year-round, long to stay unplugged reading, playing games, entertaining and snuggling up as a family.

To help strike the active-outdoor-meets-lazy-indoor vibe, designer Katie Cooper Scorse introduced natural elements, layered textures, mixed wood finishes and colors commonly found in the traditional Native American folk art of the Pacific Northwest.

Living Room at a Glance
What happens here: A young family of four, soon to be five, entertains guests, plays games, reads and snuggles by the warmth of the fire
Location: Lake Sammamish, Washington
Size: 352 square feet (32.7 square meters)
Designer: Katie Cooper Scorse of Cooper Studio Interiors

A large upholstered sectional sofa offers an inviting place for family members to hunker down and enjoy a roaring fire after a day on the lake.

LAKE SAMMAMISH

Related: Incorporate a Mix of Natural Materials

Scorse kept the existing fireplace and mantel as-is since the homeowners loved the natural stone veneer, maple mantel and built-in bookcases. She styled the mantel with glass lanterns and a large round mirror to create visual balance with the large fireplace.

Mirror and Lounge II sectional sofa in Cement: Crate & Barrel; Mid Century task floor lamp and Industrial modular media console: West Elm

A Moroccan shag rug layers over wall-to-wall carpeting for more kid-friendliness underfoot. “It’s super comfy and perfect for little toes running around the room,” Cooper says.

Custom pillows are covered in African mud cloth, indigo batik and vintage Hmong tribal patterns that recall Pacific Northwest evergreens.

Fitz end table: Room & Board; Kelley coffee table: One Kings Lane; Moroccan shag rug and coffee table tray: West Elm