"You drive up to the house and find yourself in a cocoon of green. You don’t really see the houses around you because they aren’t there. Instead you breathe in the smell of trees and flowers." So sayeth the owners, desribing this contemporary creation, nestled in a hillside off the lake. There's off-street parking in the driveway for four guests, plus a two-car garage.
Upon entry, your eye immediately draws outward to the lake view. That's Andrew's Bay and Seward Park in the distance. Natural light bounces all around thanks to a blanket of bamboo. The home has received upwards of $300,000 in high-end and thoughtful upgrades.
"The living room with the fireplace and cathedral skylight is a great spot into which to relax during those longer fall and winter nights, or after a scrumptious meal in the dining room."
The star, here, is the dual-corner floor-to-ceiling collective of windows. The lake is framed by a strategically edited evergreen. Monorail tech (track) lighting suspends from the ceiling for spot lighting. Tall walls are eager to showcase large-format art.
A glass door leads to the outside living room: a 680 square foot deck. The cathedral skylight and transom windows illuminate this open, airy space.
"You look out from the deck at the lake and a feeling of calm and beauty encompass you. You are at home in your own little park." Everlasting ironwood decking and rails encompass the generous space. There was once a jacuzzi, so water and electric exist to serve a future one...
"The lake is a force. It never looks the same from day to day. You are greeted by eagles, hawks, runners, bikers, and walkers. Whether it’s a walk among the cherry blossoms in spring or picking blackberries in the summer, a bike ride around Seward Park or enjoying the beauty of winter, the lake is always there to restore and nourish you." This, from the owners who have enjoyed this "sanctuary in the middle of fast-moving Seattle" for more than twenty years. They go on to say, "Every day we drove along Lake Washington Blvd to go to work and to come home in the evening. For both of us the drive along the lake prepared us mentally and emotionally to see our patients and every evening we were able to let go of the challenges of the day."
Sliding shoji screens customize the use of space throughout this great room.
"This house is incredible for entertaining. We have had large parties of 50 to 75 people wandering the house and decks several times and everyone had a great time."
The formal dining room hosts an eight- to ten-person table with an alcove for a buffet (not pictured; photo right). A Hubbardton Forge light crowns the space.
"The calmness and beauty of the outside is what inspired us in our remodels. We wanted to bring the outside in, so we opened the kitchen up by getting rid of cabinets and putting in windows. We never tire of gazing out the kitchen windows drinking coffee, cooking our dinner or just sharing a glass of wine."
Remodeled in 2012 and crafted for the (aspiring!) gourmet chef in you. The use of every single soft-close drawer was thoughtfully considered when designed. Persian leathered granite slab counters. High-end appliances. Five-burner gas cooktop. Sonos Sonance Invisible in-ceiling speakers (Google it!).
Shuffle across a heated tile floor to get your morning coffee. Enjoy custom LED lighting (part of an Integrated 13-Scene Pre-set Light Dimming System) and an efficient drawer microwave oven. Large pull-out pantry. Walnut cabinets and drawers. Island with auxiliary sink. Built-in refrigerator with filtered water and ice. Herringbone wood-lined skylight.
"We love to share intimate meals with friends as often as possible and this home is tailor made for warmth, love and laughter. Whether dining at the banquette, in the dining room, out on the front deck or on the side patio, each venue sets the stage for a pleasant way to nourish your body and interact with your loved ones." The glass door leads to an ultra private patio.
A patio in "a cocoon of green". You are truly "at home in your own little park". This south-facing patio features an in-ground wood-burning fire pit with forged metal cover plate.
A nearly 2,200SF main floor means room to s-p-r-a-w-l out. It means you'll do most of your living above-ground, without using stairs. This media room lies at the south end of the home, just off the kitchen. Enjoy built-in shelves and a 100% wool carpet.
There's a petite deck off the media room, and a pocket door to the formal dining room.
"Big windows throughout the house continue to give the feeling that you are living in a tree house and big windows in the bedroom and bathroom look out toward the lake." The master bedroom lives in the north wing of the expansive main level. Wool carpet under foot. Space for a California king bed, dresser and side tables. Wake up with the hawks (and occasional eagle) soaring over Seward Park at sunrise. There's a generous walk-in closet outfitted with a gorgeous California Closet system.
"We tiled our shower with a cherry tree to continue the “outside-in” motif and build on the sanctuary theme of the house. The master bath is filled with fun features and is a perfect place to both get ready for your day each morning and to shed your day at night". Amazingly, the best feature of this bathroom is not even pictured. It's the Toto Washlet S300 fully automated and totally pampering...toilet. The impressive features are too many to list, except to quote this excerpt from the brochure: "The Washlet S300 offers a satisfying cleaning experience with warm water washing, including the Wonderwave spray." Cleansing options like "pulsating" and "oscillating", water temperature control, air dryer, heated seat, remote controlled flushing. See what I mean? A heated floor warms the area and handmade ceramic tile from the Ann Sacks Sakura collection adorn the dual-headed shower. Electric outlets exist inside cabinets and one strategic drawer for your Sonicare and hair dryer.
The custom linen cabinet is made of bleached wenge wood and outfitted by California Closets. The limestone-clad soaking tub is filled by a ceiling mounted 'waterfall' faucet. Kohler describes it best as “a visually striking solid stream of water filling your bath. Delivers a clear column of water without splatter.”
This extra large guest bedroom on the main floor was originally two bedrooms. It's generous and comfy, but if you must have three bedrooms on this level, restore this space back to the two bedrooms it once was...
Downstairs there's a large room which was probably started out as a rec room. The owners converted it in to a third bedroom by adding a wall of closet space. This hospitable space makes excellent guest quarters. It is served by a remodeled three-quarter bathroom and enjoys level access to the outdoors. There's a wet bar (add a microwave and mini-fridge for the full kitchenette experience). The laundry room, featuring newer machines, is just off this space. Also, access to the two-car attached garage (featuring a wall of California Closet storage and work bench). "We have had lots of out-of-state visitors over the years and the bedroom downstairs was a perfect solution. The guests loved it because they had privacy and we liked it because we had our privacy. Perfect. "
Verdant as can be. The west exterior is a sanctuary unto its own.
Ascend a professionally landscaped path of mature foliage to the ironwood-clad entry platform.
*Courtesy of Avenue Properties
5415 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
Upgraded contemporary in a lush enclave off the water. Lake views from master bedroom, living room and 680sf deck. A 2,200sf main level integrates the verdant outdoors w/the interior. The calm and beauty of the hillside setting inspired remodels of the spa-like master bthrm and gourmet kitchen. High-end, thoughtful features abound. Born to entertain. Lower guest suite w/level, external access. Private patio w/fire pit. 2-car garage. Walk to Caffe Vita & lake. Mins to Columbia City & light rail.
Listing Number: 1178600
- Community: Lakewood
- View: Bay
- View: Lake
- View: Mountain
- View: Partial
- View: Territorial
- Cable TV
- Nat. Gas Available
- High Speed Internet
- Sprinkler System
- Senior Exemption: No
- Bus Line Nearby: Yes
- Exterior: Wood
- Roof: Flat
- Parking: Garage-Attached
- Parking: Off-Street Parking
- Year Built: 1978
- 2017 Taxes: $8035.00
- Lot Size: 0.23 acres
- Dead End Street
- Paved Street
Appliances That Stay
- Bath Off Master
- Ceiling Fan(s)
- Dble Pane/Strm Windw
- Dining Room
- French Doors
- Vaulted Ceilings
- Walk-in Closet
- Forced Air
- Natural Gas
- Fireplaces: 1
- District: Seattle
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