So Many Turrets

Property Watch: A Storybook-Perfect Anhalt Condo in Capitol Hill

Climb partway up a turret to reach this adorable yet roomy vintage condo, which has a bedroom located in...yet another turret.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd November 30, 2022

 

While strolling through Capitol Hill, it’s not uncommon to stumble upon a castle, and that’s thanks to Frederick Anhalt, a prolific Seattle builder in the 1920s with a particularly whimsical sensibility. He had a special fondness for medieval European revival styles, like the ever-popular Tudor Revival, which he’d sometimes mix together into luxury apartment buildings full of unique floor plans and fairy-tale details. His development company, founded in 1925, only existed for around five years, but they were extremely busy ones—by 1929, it had 16 completed buildings to its name in Queen Anne, the University District, and, of course, the Hill.

 

This quaint yet roomy two-bedroom apartment is on the northwest corner of Capitol Hill, embedded in a view-rich hillside just above I-5. Anhalt went for more of a French Norman look for this building—think the rural village in Beauty and the Beast—with turrets, half-timbered accents, and rows of dormers peering out over a courtyard, although his styles are never anything approaching rigid.

 

The building, originally built in 1929 as apartments and converted to condos in the late 1980s, is set back from the street behind hedges, with Japanese maples framing the front walkway. The grounds are well-manicured, with lawns and plantings lining a brick path leading to different building wings. More visible half-timbering lines the courtyard, as if your neighbors are about to throw open their windows and yell, "Bonjour!"

 

After entering through a wide brick turret, this apartment opens to an airy living room with timber ceiling beams and a matching timber cased opening to match at the far end. A glass door in one corner opens to a small, latticed balcony, extending it slightly into the outdoors. We’re guessing the corner fireplace doesn’t actually burn wood anymore, but it will display candles extremely majestically.

 

Beyond the living area, a small but formal dining area with a coved ceiling is framed by a Gothic arch. An open doorway leads to a small, newly rebuilt kitchen with decent counter space, new plumbing, and a back door. The design is modern, but simple, and neither mimics nor draws focus from the cute vintage details that probably brought you here in the first place.

 

Another arch leads down a hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms—and you’ll probably want to call dibs on the spacious, angular turret bedroom, with latticed casement windows bringing light in from three directions. It’s a different turret than the one you came through to get here, because nobody loves turrets like Anhalt. This is not to say the other bedroom, also spacious, isn’t cool, but it’s certainly a more standard shape, with windows in only two directions. Quelle horreur! 

 

Unfortunately, laundry is shared with the rest of the building. But fortunately, the laundry area is large and even has a long corridor for line-drying, the utmost 1929 luxury. Basement storage comes with the unit, too.

 

Listing Fast Facts

750 Belmont Ave E, Unit 1
Size: 1,052 square feet, 2 beds/1 bath
List Date: 11/19/2022
List Price: $720,000
Listing Agents: Alice Diambri, Realogics Sotheby's International Realty

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