This Magnolia home, first built in 1900, has something for everybody: a regal Tudor design, crystal-clear views of Puget Sound and downtown Seattle, a plethora of built-ins, and a lofty addition by legendary local architect Ralph Anderson that at least doubles the square footage.
It’s tucked inside a private woodland setting on a quiet street, making both the driveway and a walkway look like forest paths from the outside, with each entrance surrounded by trees. Walk inside to a stately living area with all the Tudor trimmings, like box beam ceilings and recessed built-in shelves. The real focal point is the statement stone fireplace, set inside a low Gothic arch with a rounded, brass-trimmed hearth.
This main floor is all common areas, each with a distinct layout and vibe. Behind the living area, a dining room takes on a more rustic tone with exposed beams and a subtler fireplace surrounded by minimalist cabinetry and a built-in firewood storage bin. A small office nook to the side has just enough room for a large desk. Another alcove leads to a bay window surrounding french doors to the backyard.
With some remodeling done over the years (and the records stashed deep in storage), it's hard to tell for sure where the Tudor home ends and the Anderson addition begins—although they’re pretty distinct on either side. Anderson is known today as a father of the Northwest Contemporary style, but he was also a noted historic preservationist and a driving force for revitalizing Pioneer Square in the 1960s.
As stand-alones, his homes evolve a regional midcentury style into stunning tributes to the outdoors, with natural materials and creative windows. His aesthetic is actually a surprisingly good fit for a Tudor, which can be heavy on stone and exposed grain.
The kitchen serves as a kind of hub between two different styles, set in a quarter-arch pattern that circles around to the entryway, the dining area, and an intimate breakfast nook. It’s open to a cascade of new common areas, starting with a less-formal dining area with a window bench and a big view.
Behind a staircase with millwork that fits either style, we get into real Anderson territory: A den area with an exposed-beam ceiling opens up to a grand fireside room with cathedral ceilings. The fireplace is built as a contemporary echo to the one in the living room, with river-rock facing and a kind of pentagonal hearth with a gentle peak, bookended by built-in shelves. Light floods in from sloping skylights and tall windows above.
In one of the second-story bedrooms, a loft-like balcony opens up to this area with folding doors for privacy. The more modern wing of this floor also includes an ornate bathroom with a large dressing room. Three more bedrooms sit down the hall, including one with a small en-suite bath. The two distinctly on the Tudor side, complete with their own hallway, have some decidedly newer arched windows.
In contrast to all the natural foliage at the entrance, the backyard is extremely tidy, with stone patios, a well-manicured sloping lawn, and a large privacy hedge. But the outdoor spaces are pretty versatile: Patios and decks all around provide both wild, natural settings and luxurious spaces with iconic Seattle views.
Listing Fast Facts
1706 Magnolia Way West
Size: 4,290 square feet/0.41 acres, 4 bedroom/4 bath
List Date: 8/20/2021
List Price: $2,000,000
Listing Agent: Tamara Dean, Windermere