Take a walk along Fremont Avenue at 81st Street and see a big blue Craftsman sitting on the corner simultaneously looking new and traditional. That’s because it is a Craftsman from 1913 that has just been remodeled in 2016. Now, it is listed at $949,950. Imagine that, a 1,950 square foot classic in Seattle for under a million.
The prominent feature is the covered porch with the shape of half of an octagon. It sits as the prow of a ship overlooking the intersection. Pale blue siding and white trim carry around the exterior and into the interior. The porch is also reflected inside, as its shape mimics the living room’s bay window. A long and more subtle bay window sits beside the dining room, and also acts as another sitting area. A reading nook you can slide to for reading the paper after breakfast.
Between the dining room and the kitchen is a pass through that has drawers below and leaded glass china cabinetry above. The same type of cabinet is in another room that is being used for the piano.
There are four bedrooms that maintain the original character, and two and a half bathrooms in the two story house. At least one bathroom has been updated to a marble and glass shower with enough room for a bench, just in case your shower takes too long, or you want to soak up the steam.
One original element that is uncommon is the recognition that the floors are softwood. Not all wood floors are hardwood.
The lawn on the 4,170 square foot property is a hint of the timing and the extent of the remodel. It has a tile-like pattern to it, as if it was freshly laid sod. With a recent sell date of May, 2016 and all of the remodeling it would be reasonable to assume it was a flip, but the recent purchase price was $900,000. If it was a flip, their margins are tight; but with Seattle’s market maybe they’re expecting a bidding war to up the price. Take a tour if you want to be sure.
- 702 N 81st St [Zillow]