This exceptional 2.71-acre estate property offers an architecturally significant home, exquisitely landscaped grounds and sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. It is privately situated in The Highlands, one of Seattle’s premier gated communities, prized for its distinguished residences and pristine woodland surroundings.
A large gravel courtyard with a fountain and ivy covered walls provides a spacious parking area in front of a stately 8,790-sq-ft home. Built in 1937, the house was designed by H.T. Lindeberg, one of this country’s most prominent residential architects during the first half of the 20th century. Lindeberg is remembered for the large country estates and suburban villas he designed for professional and cultural leaders of his era, primarily on the East Coast and in the Mid West. This house, a fine example of the architect’s elegant, refined style, has the advantage of a glorious water and mountain backdrop unique to the Pacific Northwest.
Exterior features include brick walls and a slate roof. Stone columns flank a covered entry crowned by a wrought iron fanlight. Interiors have high ceilings and intricate, handcrafted millwork. The house underwent a comprehensive, two-year renovation by Schultz Miller completed in 2005 that updated systems, refurbished surfaces and endowed it with all the amenities desired for another century.
A dramatic foyer with an arched ceiling, curved walls and graceful staircase introduces the main floor. Floors here and in formal rooms retain original herringbone hardwood floors. A grand living room has a wood-burning fireplace and French doors to a terrace with breathtaking water and mountain views. A round bay window brings western vistas and evening light to a formal dining room with a limestone-trimmed fireplace. The library features walls paneled in gum wood, a marble fireplace, concealed wet bar and multiple French doors.
The remodel gave the house a gorgeous new kitchen with marble counters, top-notch appliances, reclaimed wood floors, walk-in pantry and French doors to the terrace. A nearby mudroom provides access to the outdoors and an attached 2-car garage.
The second floor offers 4 ample-sized bedrooms, all with western views, and 4 refurbished full baths, including a master suite with a fireplace, balcony and walk-in closet. A large room now used as an office/exercise room and a smaller office are also located on this level.
The third floor provides perfect nanny quarters with a living room, kitchenette, bedroom and full bath. The lower level affords a large paneled rec room and half bath. The utility room, several storage options and mechanical equipment are situated on the lower level as well.
Olmsted-inspired grounds include manicured lawns bordered by mature plantings that blend seamlessly into their natural woodland setting. The gravel terrace off the main floor of the house overlooks a long lap pool on a lower level terrace and an expansive sloping lawn. Pathways meander through the grounds. One bordered by hydrangeas leads to a lower lawn with a grape arbor, fruit orchard and play structure. Out buildings include a greenhouse and potting shed.