House Hunters

Our Top 10 Property Watches of the Year

The homes you ogled in 2021.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd and Seattle Met Staff December 21, 2021

This converted fire station in Kirkland had plenty of on-theme red, but didn't make the top 10.

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. 

Image: Jason Mercio

10. A Historic Home in Discovery Park

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.

9. A Modern Floating Home on Lake Union

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.

8. A 1970s Time Capsule with a Private Lake

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.

7. A Trendsetting 1904 Mansion on Queen Anne Hill

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.

Image: Luca Sforza

6. A Pike Place Market–Adjacent Loft with a Huge Deck

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.

Image: Al Everett

5. A Blakely Island Enclave Designed by Architect Jim Olson

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?

4. Seattle’s Biggest Houseboat Is a Floating Mansion

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.

3. Everett’s Rucker Mansion

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.

Image: Eric Kerttula

2. Port Townsend’s Fancy Pink Palace

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.

1. A Tacoma Midcentury House with a Moat of Ferns

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.

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