This exceptional 3.24-acre estate property offers a classic Colonial Revival home and breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. It also provides a rare opportunity to own some of the most beautiful privately held, Olmsted-designed gardens in the nation. Only three families have owned this home during its 85-year history.
The two-story, 8,010-sq-ft home was built in 1931. Its original architect is unknown, but in the early 1960’s, Elizabeth Ayer gave the structure embellishments that created the refined character it has today. Ayer, the first registered female architect in the State of Washington, shaped many of the residential neighborhoods in the Seattle area during her long and distinguished career.
Double paneled doors flanked by crystal sconces open to a spacious entry hall where a glass door with sidelights and a fanlight frames water and mountain views. Intricate millwork here and throughout the house includes crown molding and wainscot walls. Floors are hardwood in a herringbone pattern. A split staircase with turned balusters leads to the upper level.
In the grand foyer looking toward the double entry doors with the dining room on the left.
The grand-scale living room is easily adaptable to small, intimate gatherings as well as larger, more elaborate affairs. The room has a beautiful wood-burning fireplace with a verde marble surround and hand-carved mantel with an ornate fruit motif and egg-and-dart detailing.
A wide proscenium arch signals the steps which lead down to the living room, an expansive space that is easily adaptable to small intimate gatherings or large affairs . Windows on the south wall have views of one of the garden’s nine ponds while western-facing French doors and windows look to Puget Sound and the Olympics.
On the opposite side of the entry hall, French doors open to a generous formal dining room with western views, wainscot walls, hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper and a pair of built-in corner cabinets with leaded glass doors. A beautiful crystal chandelier and wall sconces grace the room.
A butler’s pantry connects the kitchen with the dining room. It offers abundant cabinets, some affixed with stained and leaded glass doors, deep sink, microwave and wine storage.
In 2004, the kitchen wing of the house was remodeled with the objectives of providing desired contemporary amenities fully in keeping with the original character of the house and affording views to each part of the space.
Pocket doors separate the kitchen from a sunny breakfast room with a big bay window that frames western vistas.
Double doors off the entry hall open to a full-width staircase leading to the lower level where an expansive space surrounded by garden views was once used a ballroom. It now serves as the ultimate family room. Walls are lined with cabinetry and shelving; the ceiling is trimmed with crown molding with dentil detailing. The room has a wood-burning fireplace with a marble surround and a black-and-white checkerboard floor.
French doors provide access to the south side garden. Steps lead down to an adjoining sunroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors that look out on the grand lawn and the Sound beyond. A secured full kitchen, half bath and gardener’s shed with outdoor access are positioned next to the sunroom.
Sitting room/office in master suite
The privately situated master suite occupies the south side of the second floor. The suite has a unique circular floor plan that connects a sitting room with a built-in office, a large corner bedroom and two marble-appointed baths.
One of five bedrooms on the second floor this one has eastern-facing garden views
French doors open from the living room to a 50-foot wide porch with a canvas awning and Chippendale-style railing that looks down on the gardens, rolling lawn and a stunning view of Puget Sound.
The garden provides endless delights – ferns, dogwoods, peonies and hellebores, to name a few. The kitchen garden yields a seasonal bounty of vegetables, tomatoes, herbs and blueberries.
The restoration of the gardens that began in 1994 garnered attention in Pacific Northwest, The Seattle Times Magazine, in October 2000.
Striking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains
The structure is evocative of the stately summer homes along the Eastern Seaboard, but this house enjoys vistas unique to the Pacific Northwest – a wide expanse of water with a snow-capped mountain backdrop.
Looking south at the house - sailboats on the water - a beautiful afternoon
The Highlands offers its owners great beach access for walking, fishing or how about a dip?
The Highlands community pool with wading pool for kids in the background. Additionally there are tennis courts, croquet lawn, walking trails and a park.
*Courtesy of Windermere Real Estate Co.
35 NW Cherry Lp
Shoreline, WA 98177
Fine 3.24-acre property with 1931 Colonial Revival home, Beautifully restored Olmsted gardens and stunning water and mountain views. Stately Manor house with grand scale formals, ideal for entertaining. Updated granite kitchen with butler's pantry and breakfast room; 5 bedrooms; 4+ baths; 2 fplcs; family room with sunroom and 2nd kitchen; 2 view porches; 2 garages for 8 cars. Circular driveway; sweeping lawn; multiple water features; woodland garden with waterfalls; gorgeous mature plantings.
Listing Number: 1292224
- Community: The Highlands
- View: Mountain
- View: Sound
- Cable TV
- Dog Run
- Nat. Gas Available
- High Speed Internet
- Sprinkler System
- Senior Exemption: No
- Exterior: Wood
- Roof: Cedar Shake
- Parking: Garage-Attached
- Year Built: 1931
- HOA Dues: $1853
- 2018 Taxes: $32474.00
- Lot Size: 3.24 acres
- Paved Street
Appliances That Stay
- Double Oven
- Garbage Disposal
- 2nd Kitchen
- Bath Off Master
- Dining Room
- French Doors
- High Tech Cabling
- Security System
- Walk In Pantry
- Walk-in Closet
- Natural Gas
- Fireplaces: 2
- Private Beach Access
- District: Shoreline
- Elem: Highland Terrace Ele
- Middle: Albert Einstein Mid
- High: Shorewood High
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