Arches for Days

Property Watch: Mediterranean Style and Original Details in Madison Park

Come for the period style, stay for the rooftop with Lake Washington views.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd December 1, 2021

They just don’t make arches like they used to. Case in point: this Mediterranean Revival home in Madison Park. Original arches from 1925 grace the front of the home, from the entryway to the windows to the front door. Arched windows line the front wall along the living room and one of the bedrooms. This home comes from the same architectural era that brought us other Period Revival trends, like the ever-popular Tudor Revival—but in a slightly less common style.

Of course, the home’s vintage charms aren’t limited to the arches. Walk inside and find a living room with a Batchelder-style fireplace; Ernest Batchelder was a renowned Southern California tilemaker whose designs adorn  fireplaces across the country thanks to mail-order kits, including many in the Pacific Northwest. Highly textured tile contrasts with smoother stone in an Art Deco pattern—including a row of tiles in a soft, watercolor-like finish.

The house has been pretty well upgraded to modern life since it was last sold in 2018. Recent updates include air conditioning, a laundry room, and improvements to the previously finished basement. While it’s not exactly a time capsule in here, some of the updates are in service to the more vintage features, like refinished hardwoods and repairs to the exterior stucco. A balcony off the dining room was restored for alfresco meals. The main-floor bathroom still has a tidy-looking period tub and flooring, including honeycomb tile surrounded by a red patterned border. The windows are a bittersweet tale: While they now have sturdier, more energy efficient double-pane windows, it did come at the cost of leaded glass and doors between the living room and the front porch.

The two main-floor bedrooms still have 1920s touches, including one with double-arched windows. The basement has a different vibe, with a straightforward den, a built-in office space, and a much larger third bedroom.

The outdoor spaces shine just as brightly as the indoor ones. Out the back door, a spiral staircase leads in two directions: Climb down to a fully fenced and hedged backyard with a brick patio. Head upstairs for a giant rooftop deck with Lake Washington views.

Speaking of those lake views, this home is walking distance to the water—whether you want the big party at Madison Park Beach or the smaller patches of shoreline around it.

Listing Fast Facts

3809 E Madison St
Size: 2,400 square feet/5,000 square foot lot, 3 bedroom/2 bath
List Date: 11/16/2021
List Price: $1,850,000
Listing Agents:
Kim Knowles and Tom Maider, Windermere Real Estate

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