Tudor Lite

Property Watch: Half a Tudor House with Vintage Details

This townhome in West Seattle was carved from a classic 1930 brick Tudor Revival home, but didn't lose any charm in the process.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd October 12, 2022

You can own a slice of classic Seattle Tudor Revival architecture without buying an entire house. This picture-perfect brick home in West Seattle’s Admiral District, just a short block from the neighborhood center at California and Admiral, was converted to townhomes sometime between the 1950s and the 1980s. The work is nearly seamless: each half gets its own fireplace, recessed shelves, fun top-floor alcoves, and other period delights.

From the street, it looks like a well-kept 1930 Tudor home, with both units sharing the arched front entryway. This particular home is to the right, and opens to a classic living room with coved crown molding, hardwood floors, and a white brick fireplace with a tile hearth. Facing the street, a large leaded-glass window with a stained glass accent lets in plenty of light and preserves period appeal.

Through an archway, a petite-size, pentagon-shaped formal dining room revels in the aesthetic, with coved ceilings above and, on the far wall, a bay window bookended by tall, recessed arch shelves. The adjoining kitchen is long, galley-style, and mostly modern, and features a door to the backyard for easy alfresco dining in the fully fenced yard. 

The stairs to the second story are encased in a wide arch at the back of the living room. Upstairs, you’ll find plenty of crystal doorknobs, a bathroom with hexagon tiles and an arched tub and shower area, and two bedrooms. The larger of the two shows the home’s roofline with dramatic ceiling shapes, including a deep nook inside a dormer perfect for relaxing and reading, but perhaps big enough for yoga or exercise, too. (A tiny library seems ideal, but different people have different needs from their adorable bedroom alcoves.) A second bedroom has its own, shallower nook. Both are corner rooms with light coming in from multiple directions.

The period style ends, understandably, in the basement, which was almost certainly finished later in the home’s life. Here you’ll find a den with an office nook, a much more modern bathroom, and a recessed laundry area with built-in counter and shelves. It’s also home to one more bedroom, which is aboveground enough to have a decently sized egress window.

The yard is surrounded by a six-foot-tall wooden fence, and while it’s not huge, it’s big enough for a grill and plentiful ceiling. The front lawn offers a more wide-open space for taking in the sun or building snowpeople, depending on what the weather’s doing.

These homes were rentals for decades, but split up and went to individual owners in 2018—the last time they sold as one big property was for $1.05 million in 2016. Since then, this one’s been under the ownership and care of general contractor Shane Smith of Archer Smith, who handled some updates, including the basement bathroom remodel, himself. The other half just sold back in March, and you can still take a peek at the listing if you’re curious.

Listing Fast Facts

2338 44th Ave SW, Unit B
Size: 1,460 square feet/1,554 square foot lot, 3 bedroom/2 bath
List Date: 10/6/2022
List Price: $765,000
Listing Agents:
John Anderson, Anchor Home Services/Keller Williams

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