Cozy Revival

Property Watch: A Whimsical Tudor with a Luxurious Loft

Have you considered adding a claw-foot tub to your bedroom?

By Sarah Anne Lloyd February 9, 2022

Seattle’s iconic Tudor Revival homes have been through a lot in the last century. Some have been carefully preserved, others have been flipped into oblivion, but many (probably most) are somewhere in-between. You never know what's behind that fairy-tale exterior...until they go on the market, of course. This 1925 two-bedroom home in Roosevelt, near Maple Leaf, is full of original features, but forges its own identity with a unique update: A whimsically designed loft with a complete bedroom suite.

The exterior, with light pink stucco and green trim, sets the stage for an aesthetic: whimsical and creative, but with a reverence for 1920s features. Aesthetically, the first floor has barely been touched, or perhaps lovingly restored. The living room still has its original wood-burning stucco fireplace complete with its little arched mantle, along with coved ceilings and hardwood floors. A large archway separates the kitchen from the formal dining area with a recessed hutch and buffet; crystal handles and pulls still make an appearance. The kitchen cabinetry is either original or restored, also with crystal knobs in period style. There’s a little breakfast nook off the kitchen for less formal dining.

The second floor is where things take off. Up half a flight of stairs from the back balcony, the loft was clearly a later addition, but built for someone who loves the style. Ornamented wood beams highlight the vaulted ceiling. The whole area is full of built-ins made to match the look.

With a couple of small exceptions, the suite is entirely open. The dividers between the sleeping area and everywhere else are a short built-in cabinet and a gas fireplace—and while the fireplace itself is more modern, it’s built into a dividing wall inside the shape of the fireplace downstairs.

The bedroom is tucked in the back of the loft, under a skylight for morning sun. The other side features multiple, flexible spaces folded into one. By the stairs, there’s a nook that could be an office or a library. Low, built-in bookshelves create a nook on the other side with a large, claw-foot tub positioned under a skylight and a small shelf for essentials. It’s not visible from below, but it’s open to the fireplace for cozy soaking. The bathroom sink is tucked behind a higher shelf—with a walk-in closet on one side and presumably a sit-down closet on the other.

Out back, a fully fenced lawn and some low-maintenance landscaping keep a wooden patio relatively secluded. Below, an unfinished basement adds a whole other 700 square feet that could, someday, be much more than an incredibly large workshop and laundry room.

Listing Fast Facts

537 NE 82nd St
Size: 3,080 square feet/1 acre, 3 bedroom/2.5 bath
List Date: 2/4/2022
List Price: $879,000
Listing Agents:
Allie Howard, Compass

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