Tiny Tudor

Property Watch: A Vintage Courtyard Condo Lives Like a Little House

Designed by one of Seattle's most prolific 1920s architects, this 527-square-foot home turns up the charm.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd August 10, 2022

The 1920s brought an apartment-building boom to Seattle, resulting in many of the gorgeous brick-clad apartments still standing today. Before single-family zoning spread to the vast majority of the city, developers like Frederick Anhalt specialized in luxury apartments that felt like houses—and courtyard housing, made up of small attached cottages facing a central courtyard, was a popular style. This tree-shaded, one-bedroom home is part of Rosina Court, a collection of nine Tudor-style homes on the Capitol Hill edge of the Central District built in 1928 and designed by architect William H. Whiteley.

Whiteley was often the architect behind Anhalt's distinctive Period Revival homes—those fancy turreted buildings you see all over Capitol Hill—but he had his own fondness for Tudor and Mediterranean aesthetics and was one of the area’s most prolific designers at the time. While he designed plenty of more traditional apartment buildings, he became especially well-known for the courtyard style; other projects include Montrose Court and Seville Court in Queen Anne and La Quinta Apartments in Capitol Hill.

1920s charm is absolutely intact here. Behind a wall of trees, this home has its own house-like front entrance, complete with a lawn, a stone path, and a covered front stoop emerging from the tidy brickwork.

At just 527 square feet, pretty normal for a courtyard cottage, it doesn’t require a lengthy tour. There’s a living room at the front, with street-facing windows, a cove ceiling, and period millwork. A double door, almost walk-in closet on the far wall has both plenty of shelving and washing machine hookups, although there’s shared coin-op laundry in the basement, too. 

The bedroom is fittingly small, but not cramped, and has its own pair of period-millwork windows (with a bunch of shrubbery for extra privacy) along with crown molding and baseboards. More vintage details show up in the bathroom, with a recessed medicine cabinet, hex tile, wainscoting, and pedestal sink.

The kitchen is a little wild: It wraps around a corner, with the (elevated) refrigerator facing the sink and dishwasher, then the gas range (and more counter space) facing away from the rest of it toward the back windows. The layout does preserve more counter space, though—and the back door is right there for easy alfresco dining and extra ventilation. Outside, the tree-lined shared courtyard has plenty of lawn space, a semi-secluded stone patio with a dining set, and lounging furniture, including a hammock.

Listing Fast Facts

1103 18th Avenue
Size: 527 square feet, 1 bedroom/1 bath
List Date:
List Price: $399,990
Listing Agent: Brian Kalthoff, Lake & Co.


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