In a tree-lined neighborhood and just a few short blocks from Mt. Baker Park, this 1929 Tudor commands an elegant corner presence. According to Seattle Historical notes, “The remarkable use of metal sash windows over an extensive surface area sets this building apart as unique within the Mount Baker neighborhood.” Previous owners have included Richard V. and Louise D. Gelzenlichter who was assistant to the General Manager of Boeing Airplane Company from 1938 to 1958, and Harold H. Norris in 1971. Originally planted in 1929, the east and south edges of the property contain two rows of Catalpas Maple trees. There is a spectacular 100+ year old Japanese Maple on the northeast corner of the property. The garden stone wall was installed in ~2004 with imported Italian stone and a grape vine from Italy graces the outdoor lounging area outside of the living room and produces Cabernet Sauvignon grapes! The home has been invited to be a showcase for an upcoming Mount Baker Garden Tour.
Sitting just above street level, the home is bordered by a charming rock wall and gorgeously maintained gardens that wrap the property in gentle verdant privacy. Vintage wrought iron gates usher you through the flower-lined pathways under the canopy of 100 year old Japanese maples.
Through the main entrance, a formal entry is open and inviting with a staircase to the upper level of the home and easy passage to the formal living space, dining room and kitchen. A small step leads to the sunken living room, dramatically showcasing 15’ ceiling with original beams and spectacular original leaded and stained glass windows that look out to the gardens beyond. A grand fireplace and period sconces cultivate a feeling of warmth and other-worldliness.
Exquisitely reimagined and completed in 2021, the kitchen evokes a European sensibility and grace. A show stopping ILVE range is offset by classic white cabinetry against a full wall backdrop of clean, subway tiles. Slate gray soapstone counter tops rest above ample storage maintained in lower cabinetry and a sense of airiness abounds with open shelving. Gorgeous wood accents brings additional warmth and richness, and a picture perfect window seat overlooks the outdoor patio and gardens. The main floor is completed with a guest bathroom and study just steps from the kitchen, with access to the outside patios.
Original leaded glass windows are found throughout this meticulously cared for home and surround the dining room and kitchen, attracting light and garden views. Cream cabinetry is offset by dark granite countertops and classic marble subway tile backsplash. A farmhouse kitchen door leads to a private outdoor patio wrapped in mature plantings, with a wandering path through the back garden area. A 3/4 bath and bedroom complete the main floor.
The upper level houses additional sleeping quarters and light-filled full bath. The primary bedroom is wrapped in windows with tree top views and ample closet space contains organization system with built-in shelving and drawers. Across the hall, the secondary bedroom is also generously sized and a shared full bath features a period clawfoot tub, ceramic double basin washstand and tiled walk-in shower.
A cozy, intimate setting is found in the lower level recreation space, with built in bar area, full bathroom and laundry.
Outside, a detached garage sits at the top of the bricked driveway. An urban oasis brimming with abundant charm and beauty in one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods.