Red-Door Diaries

Property Watch: An Unexpected Victorian in Denny-Blaine

You won’t see another home with these architectural details in this neighborhood.

By Haley Shapley March 1, 2023

Every good fairy tale features a turret: Your happily-ever-after might just be waiting in this storybook Denny-Blaine home. While most other buildings in the neighborhood are in the Georgian, Tudor, or Craftsman style, this 1909 house flipped the script and went the Victorian route, complete with a scalloped roofline that isn’t afraid to serve main character energy.

On the other side of the vibrant red front door, an abundance of natural light floods the space from floor to (9.5-foot) ceiling, thanks in large part to the 100-pane window off to the left. Walk past the grand staircase and into the heart of the home, where all the rooms seamlessly flow from one to the next.

The original hardwood floors on this level—oak with mahogany inlays—remain in good condition. Beyond the living area, with it wallpapered ceiling, the dining room displays a wood-burning fireplace, a bowed window, and a box beam ceiling that adds a sense of formality and timelessness.

The kitchen surely bears only a passing resemblance to its original incarnation, now with a commercial-grade oven. There’s space for an eat-in table, and from the island, you can look out onto a sitting area, an unusually open layout for an older home. The most charming element here, perhaps, is the Dutch door that leads to the patio.

Upstairs, four bedrooms make up the bulk of the sleeping space. This includes the primary suite, with a walk-in closet and an updated glitzy bathroom that’s now twice as nice with double sinks and showerheads.

The basement level forgoes the dungeon feel in favor of plenty of windows and open space. In addition to a family room with a linear fireplace—perfect for watching sports and casual gatherings—there’s a laundry room with a sink and dishwasher, a big carpeted rec room well suited to toys or exercise equipment, and what is now set up as a wine cellar but is officially the fifth bedroom.

Outside, a side yard covered with turf beckons pets; you'll also find a large patio and a sunken fire pit area, lovely for a marshmallow roast or just as an evening spot for sipping and enjoying fresh air...or snow. The house sits above a one-car garage and is a short walk to the shores of Lake Washington.

Listing Fast Facts

3614 E John St
Size: 4,754 square feet, 5 bedrooms/3.5 baths
List Date: 2/22/2023
List Price: $2,595,000
Listing Agent: Laura Halliday, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Show Comments