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Property Watch: A Midcentury Masterpiece in Mount Baker

Details from another era permeate this home, from a curved bank of windows to the indoor sport court with adjacent bar.

By Haley Shapley April 12, 2023

For 17 years, John Patricelli and his wife, Rose, lived in his parents’ basement while they raised their two children. All that time, they saved up for a house of their own.

In the late 1940s, workers finally completed their dream home: a midcentury modern stunner in Mount Baker. Do you like saltwater swimming pools, original woodwork, walls of windows, and 50-yard-line views of Lake Washington? Then it might just be your dream home, too.

Built by award-winning architect Charles Lawrence, the brick-clad home is set back from the street. A custom rock path surrounded by foliage takes you to the front door, framed by sidelights. Once inside, you’re immediately greeted with panoramic views and plenty of light coming in from the large windows in the living room. (Of note: The entrance used to be flanked by two cylindrical aquariums that are now light wells.)

Many of the original details have been perfectly preserved, including the refinished oak floors and an Art Deco fireplace with a custom maple mantel.

Throughout the home, there are curves and rounded features. If you look closely, the railing on the deck takes inspiration from the shape of a P, for the original owners’ last name, Patricelli. That same shape pops up in other spots, too.

Those signature curved lines are perhaps most prominent in the kitchen’s eat-in area, where a half circle of windows draws your eye to the 180-degree views outside. Above, a custom cove ceiling with a hidden light mimics a moonrise, which just so happens to be particularly spectacular here when the light shimmers off of Lake Washington on a clear night.

The vaulted maple table was designed to match the countertops in the kitchen. The original hardware is still here — and yes, the handles are curved, of course.

The main floor also includes a dining room, two bedrooms, a laundry room, a time-capsule-ish main bath with all original tiling, a half bath that’s been redone to fit the period, and a study that oozes midcentury charm with original woodwork that’s been reconditioned. If you don’t draw up some important plans here while sipping Scotch, what are you even doing with your life?

While the main floor is beautiful, the fun really begins downstairs in the full-daylight basement. There’s a bedroom with a kitchenette, a bathroom that’s been redone, and a big area that can flex to function as a living room or rec room.

That’s all pretty standard for homes in the area, but what you’re less likely to find is a stylish metal staircase that leads down to a commercial-grade gym. The Patricellis were skilled racquetball players who were all but impossible to beat, especially on their home court. Today, there’s a basketball hoop—and spectators can easily cheer from the barstools lined behind the cut-out window above. Throw in a disco ball, and you’ve got yourself a ready-made dance floor.

Outside, the deep-blue saltwater pool with a waterfall feature wraps around the south side of the house. This location receives ample sunlight and is surrounded by trees, so it all feels very private. The patio is full of cool features like a table made with reclaimed wood from a bowling alley, plus a large urban garden with four planters, just waiting to see what grows here next.

Listing Fast Facts

1534 32nd Ave S
Size: 3,900 square feet, 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths
List Date: 4/4/23
List Price: $2,350,000
Listing Agents: Leslie Ota, Windermere

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