This West Seattle home puts the “beach” in Beach Drive. Set right along the rocky shoreline, it frames up-close-and-personal Puget Sound views through south- and west-facing floor-to-ceiling windows, warmed by a sloping timber ceiling. Its back deck is situated over the bulkhead in a way that gives the illusion—which is honestly not too far off—that the structure is right at the water's edge, like a wide dock. The waves certainly get closer at high tide.
While it was built in 1928, the house was remodeled at some point in perfect midcentury style. It keeps a low profile from the street, with simple landscaping peppered around a dark exterior. A well-delineated open kitchen, dining area, and living area are down a half-floor from the entrance and closer to sea-level views. Exposed grain lines the entryway, while a skylight above brings in some natural light.
The kitchen’s recessed into a large nook with its own water vista, plus a built-in bench to take it in while you’re waiting for the timer to ding. A dark stone backsplash adds to the all-natural look.
Step down to the living area for a minimalist, midcentury-style gray fireplace with a built-in bench surrounding it for cuddling up on stormier days. Because of the home’s setting on a curving shoreline, the sea view is almost as clear to the south as the west, just with a few more trees. A frosted-glass door leads out onto the large wooden deck that stretches all the way out to the bank.
The three bedrooms and finished basement have been kept totally no-frills, waiting for the next owner’s customizations—but between those accommodations and the two bathrooms, it’s ready to house a whole family or host guests for a beach weekend.
The environment is ideal for the armchair naturalist. According to the current owner, a particular eagle stops by every day to hang out in front of the property. The broker behind the listing adds that a sea lion even posted up in front of the bulkhead during an open house.
Listing Fast Facts
8427 Beach Drive SW
Size: 2,400 square feet/0.58 acres, 3 bedroom/2 bath
List Date: 7/16/2021
List Price: $1,725,000
Listing Agents: Nick Pallis, Windermere