Ever wanted to live in a firehouse without having to actually fight fires? This home, freshly converted from the former Kirkland Fire Station 24, is your chance.
The station, originally built in 1993, had been staffed by only volunteer EMTs for years before it shuttered at the beginning of 2012, several months after Kirkland annexed the Finn Hill neighborhood. It merged operations with Station 25 a couple miles down the road, and the building became surplus city property until 2018, when it was sold to a group led by Kekoa Lwin, a real estate investor, agent, and flipper. After spending three years working on it, Team Kekoa put it on the market.
Because firehouses are designed to be lived in part-time, a lot of creature comforts you’d expect from a residential home were already there, and those bones show in light-touch remodeling throughout most of the home. The living room only got a few revisions: Utilitarian low-pile carpet became polished concrete, one door to the outside got replaced with a nicer one, and a large window bank in the back turned into French doors to a patio outside. The adjacent open kitchen has the same footprint, but with some high-end updates, including glossy cabinetry and a quartz breakfast bar. The doors and the cabinetry are all, appropriately, fire engine red.
Partially opening an adjacent wall carved out a dining room leading to the kitchen, but created a space still separate enough to feel formal. Overall, there’s not as much wall-demolition as you’d typically expect in a remodel like this: The only other major construction involved combining the two bedrooms upstairs into a generously sized suite that includes a walk-in closet and a private bath.
A few smaller rooms were clear choices for the other three bedrooms in the home—they were likely bedrooms in the firehouse, too. Another larger area was the perfect size for a media room or den. The former laundry room is still a laundry room with some cabinetry changes but an otherwise identical layout.
The garage is the most dramatic piece of preservation—the only changes appear to be paint, a tidier floor, and a nice sink. It’s two stories tall, so it still has enough room to store two whole fire engines. How you’d use that vertical space is up to you: Build some Mad Max vehicles, create an aerial arts studio, carve a giant statue, park a semi-truck. The possibilities are endless.
It's not the first fire station in the region to become a residence. In Capitol Hill, the former Fire Station 25 (no relation), built in 1908, became a sought-after condominium complex, retaining its historic bell tower. But it sure does seem to ring all the right, er, sirens.
Listing Fast Facts
8411 NE 141st St, Kirkland
Size: 3,748 square feet/0.32 acres, 4 bedroom/2.5 bath
List Date: 11/5/2021
List Price: $1,675,000
Listing Agents: Kekoa Lwin and Octavio Bustillos, Team Kekoa/Exp Realty