We introduced our weekly Property Watch column in January 2021, and it's pretty much ruined Zillow surfing for us. Writer and all-around real estate guru Sarah Anne Lloyd delivered myriad listings at which to gawk, from quirky conversions and cute co-ops to floating landmarks and posh penthouses.
The most popular properties of 2021 are as diverse as the Pacific Northwest, with preserved historic touches, midcentury design, and a couple of houseboats kicking it on the list. These are the homes you loved this year.
We're suckers for a lovingly preserved but updated property, and this revamped Officers’ Row townhouse with original 1900s millwork and floors ticked all the right boxes. And we're not the only ones who thought so.
Eat your heart out, Tom Hanks. This contemporary floating home with three (!) outdoor decks made many a reader fall in water lust, present parties included.
It could be the renewed interest in the exurbs. It could be the private lake. Or maybe it was just that rad shag carpet. Whatever the reason, this gloriously untouched cabin in Graham garnered quite the following this year.
Take a Seattle lumber baron, intricate millwork, and exposed-beam ceilings and what do you get? A Property Watch classic for the ages. Now to work on our old-timey millionaire laugh.
One of our first-ever Property Watches was this two-bedroom loft behind our city's most famous public market. Along with a killer location, its generously sized (for the area) deck and ample exposed wood and brick throughout earned it a spot in our top 10.
An iconic local architect. A picturesque San Juan locale. A vaulted timber ceiling that can double as an indoor jungle gym. Could this be anymore Pacific Northwest?
This massive floating home drew virtual gawkers with its Craftsman-style interiors and luxury features befitting the hefty asking price (there's a home theater for Chrissake). For anyone in need of a floating mansion, this one's still on the market today.
One of the most significant families in Everett also left behind this nearly 10,000-square-foot mansion on the National Register of Historic Places. The preserved touches (those curtains! that wallpaper!) are an early-twentieth-century time warp.
This 11-bedroom Victorian mansion is about as extra as it gets, all the way down to the ceiling murals and carved door frames. Although this traditional home created quite the buzz, landing at No. 2 on our list, the top spot should come as no surprise.
Clearly, midcentury modern design reigns supreme. Our most popular Property Watch of 2021 was this elegantly appointed home just outside Tacoma. The relatively affordable (it's all relative) price tag perhaps was the biggest surprise of all.