In the late 1960s, the natural finishes and expansive windows that defined the Pacific Northwest’s unique midcentury style started evolving into their own design ethos: Northwest Contemporary. This cliffside West Seattle home is a time capsule for that transitional point in the region’s architectural history, with both beautifully kept period fixtures and site-specific delights.
In the living room, a statement stone fireplace stretches up into the vaulted ceiling, facing a postcard Puget Sound view. Windows fill the far wall from the floor to the ceiling’s peak, accented by a wood-grain beam. Double doors to one side let the room spill out onto a large patio with the same view and more than enough room for a barbecue and a picnic table.
Up behind the fireplace, a 400-square-foot loft has all the midcentury fixings. Original built-in desks and cabinets make handsome workspaces (or library shelves), complemented by period light fixtures. A window to the west gives an extra little peek of the water view.
Usually, houses with so many original parts come with some home improvement projects attached, but this one strikes a rare balance between preservation and upkeep. The home’s had structural and functional updates—a seismic retrofit, automatic blinds, air conditioning—but virtually no major aesthetic changes. The kitchen still has a 1960s coppertone-color range. Wood accent walls continue to make themselves at home in several rooms, including the living and dining rooms. The den even has houndstooth tile in a brown and orange color palette, which is so incredibly era-specific that it’s really hard to find in the wild, especially in this good of condition.
The dramatic cliffside locale makes for an interesting outdoor layout—it doesn't have front and back yards so much as upper and lower. On the top side of the bluff, an updated yard includes a brand-new ipe wood deck with built-in benches and a stone patio with a firepit. While there's not as much landscaping for lounging below, there is another 1960s surprise: a functional outdoor fireplace embedded in the brick.
There's even room to grow without disturbing the vibe: A whopping 1,000 partially finished square feet on the lower level are ready to find a new purpose.
Listing Fast Facts
10226 47th Avenue SW
Size: 3,420 square feet on 18,315 square feet, 4 bedroom/2.25 bath
List Date: 2/19/2021
List Price: $1,375,000
Listing Agent: Christopher Koehler, Compass