Property Watch: A Little Slice of Mansion Life in Capitol Hill

This condo conversion in a 1908 building has reverence to its original era—and a lofted suite.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd September 29, 2021

A mansion with brick on the first floor and half-timbering above,

If you’ve spent a lot of time in North Capitol Hill, you’ve probably used a good amount of it ogling mansions in Millionaire’s Row and the Harvard-Belmont Historic District. These grand homes, some elaborate Craftsmans or Victorians, and others the historic revival styles popular in early-twentieth-century luxury homes, were originally for Seattle’s elite, kicked off by railroad baron and Henry Art Gallery founder Horace Chapin Henry.

Similar to Queen Anne Hill’s historic district of the same era that we visited last week, living here became a status symbol pretty quickly—and still is today. There is, however, a way to buy up here without committing to a full mansion: The Belmont Mansion, a 1908 half-timbered Tudor Revival that was converted thoughtfully to seven condos in 2006.

A living room with mustard walls and white trim. A three-window bank is surrounded by decorative moulding. In the back, a glass door and window peek into a dining room.

A couple of these homes hit the market last year, but this second-floor lofted unit recreates that stately historic charm better than many, with decorative millwork throughout, including a stately casement window bank with crown molding. A set of French doors, bounded by windows, separates the living room from the dining area and large kitchen, creating something closer to the formal spaces of homes at the time than a true open layout.

A kitchen with mustard walls and white trim. In the back, a glass door opens to the outside.

At the end of the kitchen, find a large, southwest-facing balcony behind a multipaned glass door, surrounded by trees and the historic building exterior. There’s plenty of room to stretch out here, whether sunbathing, container gardening, or barbecuing.

A sunny balcony with a green turf floor and trees in the background.

The vaulted ceiling and lofted suite above the living room is a pretty big departure from period architectural trends, but it’s designed to be cohesive with the rest of the home—and it adds a little openness to the 926-square-foot layout. The bedroom overlooking the living room has millwork to match and a wall of built-ins, while the ensuite bath’s tile floor nods back to the original era. A second bedroom on the main floor offers a little more privacy and French doors to the balcony.

A bedroom with green walls and white trim. A full bed is under a sloping ceiling to the right, and set of built-ins is on the wall to the left.

For more outdoor space, there’s a large, shared courtyard with a gate and surrounding landscaping for privacy. Other amenities include parking and storage. The building’s halls are still packed with original detail, including a stately staircase with an ornate banister. A couple of units even still have original wood-burning fireplaces, but think of that as one less thing to maintain.

A bedroom with gold walls. On the far wall, white-trimmed French doors open to the outside.

Listing Fast Facts

954 Broadway E, Unit 201
Size: 926 square feet, 2 bedroom/2 bath
List Date: 9/27/2021
List Price: $735,000,
$599/month HOA dues
Listing Agent:
Michael Bill and Scott Whaley, Windermere

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