From the Forest

Property Watch: A Japanese-Inspired Home in Broadview

This three-bedroom home in North Seattle blends perfectly with the natural world around it—and has a unique, tranquil suite at the top.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd November 16, 2022

If you like timber and tranquility, this Broadview listing north of Carkeek Park could be your dream treehouse. Set back behind a hedge and deep landscaping—seriously, you can't even see the house from the street—and with aesthetically worn wood siding, the home looks like it just grew with the rest of the forest. Inside, unique pockets of space, often framed by large wooden beams, come together in a cohesive, open-feeling home.

The front entrance leads to a small atrium, with an open wooden staircase to the second story above. Timber beams reach two stories high, with a peaked skylight at the very top sending light back to the floor. This area is part of a circular floor plan that includes the dining room with a fireplace, a small breakfast nook with built-in benches, and the semi-closed, window-lined kitchen. It loops around to a short hall lined with Japanese-inspired sliding wood-slat doors (no shoji…yet), which leads to both the first-floor bathroom and one of three bedrooms. This particular room is window-lined and spacious, and includes a door to one of the larger parts of the home’s back deck.

The living room is up a few steps to the left of the front door, mostly separated from the atrium by a wall with built-in shelves, which lets it maintain its own quiet, cozy feel. The vaulted ceiling, lined with exposed-grain wood, meets in a peak at the center, and the far wall is covered in windows that reach right up into it—not unlike some midcentury living rooms. None of these windows appear to open, but there’s a nice little patio and wooden bridge just outside, anyway.

Upstairs is a supremely serene suite, some of it open to below and wrapping around the stair like a terrace, including a large office nook in one corner and a tokonoma-style display alcove. The walkway wraps around behind a wall as it turns into a walkthrough closet with built-in shelves and drawers and, finally, a three-quarter bath. (Don’t worry, the toilet and shower are behind a closed door.)

The bedroom itself is secluded behind sliding shoji screens, wrapped in windows and opening to a private wraparound deck. A smaller area within the bedroom—either open or closed off with more shoji—has a wood-slat floor and a water hookup, perhaps for a soaking tub.

The third bedroom, tucked away in the basement past a large utility room, is the least glamorous, but the most private—plus, it has its own exterior entrance.

Outside, the 7,500-square-foot property is dense with foliage, and even paths through the side yard feel a little like nature trails. Most of the entertainment-friendly space is concentrated on the incredibly large back deck, split up into a few large areas, the biggest just outside the bedroom at the rear of the house, and has a wide Puget Sound view. Another sits beyond the dining room and kitchen and has stairs descending to a stone patio and the double carport below.

Listing Fast Facts

13015 Ninth Ave NW
Size: 3,020 square feet, 3 bedroom/3 bath
List Date: 11/10/2022
List Price: $1,450,000
Listing Agents: Jessica Livingston
, Windermere

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