Curves for Days

Property Watch: A Modernist Dream in View Ridge

The views just keep going in this iconic three-bedroom home that was ahead of its time in 1980—and still stands the test of time today.

By Haley Shapley January 18, 2023


When this Wendell Lovett–designed home was completed in 1980, it attracted the attention of publications as far away as Japan. More than 40 years later, it’s still a head-turner—and, for the first time, it’s for sale.

Seattle-born architect Lovett was an early modernist, known for playing with curved forms and angles. From the moment you walk through the front door, framed by Japanese maples, you can see hallmarks of his style on display.


This home was built for entertaining, and if these curved walls could talk, they’d tell you about some of the grand soirees over the years. Here’s how it went: You walked in, traded your coat for a cocktail, and then turned the corner to be greeted by that jaw-dropping view. (Insert heart eyes emoji here.) Time to bust out your modern-day version of the 1980s Rolodex—this house was made for mingling.


The main gathering space includes a two-story living room covered in windows of various sizes, all framing those postcard-worthy lake and mountain views. Known for his modern fireplace design, Lovett uses one here to anchor the space. Teak cabinets line the wall, while cedar planks cover the ceiling.


Off the all-white kitchen, where attention was paid to making sure the prep areas face the big picture window, there’s a casual dining area tucked into a semi-circular nook. A formal dining area and outdoor deck round out the space.


Up a spiral staircase that has a bit of a nautical flavor—perhaps a nod to Lovett’s longtime love of ships—walk straight out onto the rooftop deck, or go down the slanted window–topped hallway to find the primary bedroom, lofted above the main living space.


On the lowest floor, there’s a family room with a wet bar (but of course) and fireplace (but of course again), two bedrooms, a three-quarter bath, and plenty more curves. Not to mention a bonus room lined with Hawaiian Koa cabinets just waiting to be transformed into a game room, a crafting space, or a home gym. (You could probably fit all of the above, to be honest.)

On the water side of this home, a zigzag path takes you down the ridge, dropping you off near the Burke-Gilman Trail, and just beyond, Matthews Beach.


Listing Fast Facts

4920 NE 87th St
Size: 3,280 square feet, 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths
List Date: 1/7/2023
List Price: $2,950,000
Listing Agent: Andrea Clibborn, SASH Realty

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