It’s not too often that you see a 1926 home with a sunken living room—and just as rare to see a beautifully aged 1980s update. This cottage in North Seattle between Bitter Lake and Greenwood defies all odds with a fun and efficient floor plan that successfully pays homage to late-1960s style.

Midcentury style greets you at the front door, with a gentle ceiling slope, windows nestled all along the roofline, and sliding-glass doors to a lush, tree-lined yard. Look even closer and notice a retro-style wood stove. A half-floor above, half-walls cradle the whole area and separate the dining room, complete with a handsome custom built-in.

There’s very, very little chance this grade change is original to the home—this kind of layout is more common from the late '60s to mid-'70s. Listing agent Junior Torres says an addition was completed in 1986, which adds to the mystery. Regardless, the look seems right at home here.

Both rooms extend to decks outside: Off the living area, a smaller deck steps right down to the yard. The dining room deck is slightly recessed, giving it a large sheltered area by the door and an open area for basking in the sun.

The kitchen is behind the dining area, separated just enough to help the gathering space feel more intimate. The two bedrooms, still on the same grade, adjoin a bedroom-size bonus room down the hall. It’s a little low on privacy to be a bedroom—you have to go through it to get to the other ones—but it’s perfect for an office or a small den.

At 1,160 square feet, the home is relatively compact for what it has inside, and if there once was an attic, it was knocked out to create that pretty ceiling. It does, however, have a little basement for extra storage.

If you are looking for a tiny bit of 1920s in here, take a peek at the tub and floor tile in the bathroom—which is otherwise surrounded by modern finishes and a touch of '60s-style pastel wall tile.

Listing Fast Facts

10737 Phinney Avenue N
Size: 1,160 square feet/8,023 square feet, 2 bedroom/1 bath
List Date: 1/6/2021
List Price: $799,000
Listing Agents:
Junior Torres, J.D., Windermere

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