How do you manage to buy a house on Queen Anne for only $399,000? In this case, go far enough north that you’re only a couple of streets from the Ship Canal, and only buy the lower floor. How much more do you need?
The custom designed house was built in 1952. A deck topping a distinctive tilted set of windows makes the house remarkable, as if one room belongs on a ship’s bridge. The two bedroom, one bathroom unit sits below that, sheltered by the structure above, yet high enough to enjoy the view, too.
Inside is an 806 square foot living space that looks like a house but operates more like a condo. Various Craftsman touches persist, exposed ceiling beams, and built-in bookcases bracketing a fireplace. The living room enjoys interior windows that act as room dividers, and French doors that lead to a patio.
The kitchen could be period with white tile walls, white cabinetry, and an art glass sconce. Slate floors are an extension of the entry, so bringing in the groceries in wet boots won’t ruin any carpets. A small counter provides an eating space for two.
Indirect recessed lighting lives in a ceiling shelf in the living room. A similar shelf lives in the master bedroom. Check to see if that shelf serves the same purpose, illumination with subtlety.
To enjoy the view, head outside to the broad, shared deck that is accented with a long trellis and planters for perennials. The closer you get to the edge, the more of the ship traffic you can watch. You can also get a hint of whether the water’s quiet enough for a kayak, if the trails are quiet enough for a run, or if the roads are clear enough for you commute.
- 916 W Emerson St [Estately]