Chasing Waterfalls

Property Watch: A Lakefront Home with a Waterfall Room

This twisty-turny cedar-lined house sits on half an acre—right on Lake Jeane.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd October 13, 2021

The front entrance of a gray house with a red door.

This Federal Way home looks like an unassuming 1978 suburban house from the outside, boxy with slate-gray siding and not a lot of visible windows. But inside, it’s a different story: a vast network of rooms. A nontraditional, treehouse-like floor plan. Oh, and a stone waterfall at its hub.

The front door leads to an open hallway around a two-story atrium, lined in cedar paneling with skylights above and a creative stone lounging area in the bottom. River rocks stack around a small lounge pocket and create built-in planters—and a fountain running water from a pool to another below.

While there are plenty of other spaces embedded more deeply in the house, different access points wind around the waterfall room.

The den a half-story down—you can slide right in if you don’t feel like taking the stairs—is an ultra-concentrated version of design themes that continue throughout. It’s completely lined in cedar paneling, with even more cedar in the exposed-beam ceiling overhead.

There’s another custom wood detail to keep an eye out for: lamp-like lighting fixtures created from small lengths of cedar. Down here, find multiple pendants above and smaller sconces to match.

A half-story up, a living room with an exposed-grain wine rack and wet bar spirals into a branch of its own. In a small, slightly elevated nook, a firepit-like hearth nestles in the middle of built-in seating. Head up a small set of stairs to a lofted dining area with a statement fixture made of intersecting cedar blocks, a more ornate version of the lights on the ground floor. Behind that, an eat-in kitchen includes an elaborate fixture of its own and a large balcony for grilling.

That’s one wing of the house. Back at the center, an entirely separate steep staircase leads up to a suite with vaulted ceilings, muted wood paneling, and an absolutely enormous five-piece bath. The bedroom has clerestory windows and opens to a private balcony. It also opens to the waterfall area like a loft, bringing in extra light. Yet another wing of the house includes additional bedrooms, each with a unique layout and many with built-ins.

To the side of the house, there’s an in-ground hot tub with an adjacent sauna. Keep descending down to the giant backyard with towering cedar trees and 32 feet of low-bank waterfront on Lake Jeane.

It's a quirky home with a unique set of twists—and it's been on the market since August— but for some equally quirky person, this will be the wild 1970s treehouse they've been searching for.

Listing Fast Facts

4004 SW 327th St, Federal Way
Size: 4,210 square feet/0.4 acres, 5 bedroom/4 bath
List Date: 8/5/2021
List Price: $900,000

Listing Agent: Jessica Ward, Keller Williams

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