On his website, interior and furniture designer Steve Hensel says "a home is as much a sanctuary as a showplace." The one he designed for himself and his partner along with Eggleston|Farkas Architects lives up to both of those lofty goals. Dubbed 'Hill House,' the Queen Anne South Slope luxury residence is now available to a new owner for $2.39M.
In naming it Home of the Year in 2004, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles Magazine spelled out what makes this home with a "Frasier View" so special and unique.
"View" was the design mantra but also the challenge on a small lot in a densely-built neighborhood. The solution: a three-story, 2,500-square-foot tower of exposed steel columns and beams featuring an upside-down floor plan that places the main rooms - the living room, dining room, and kitchen - on the topmost floor.
That means the floating staircase with halogen light-accented cables doesn't ascend but descend to the deluxe master suite that includes it's very own library/media room and a bathroom boasting an Iron Works Tellieur bathtub. Water doesn't fill the tub from the faucet, it comes from a hole in the ceiling that somehow doesn't make a splash.
Down below that you'll find the private guest suite with a French door that leads out to a shaded patio.
It's the top floor, however, that really steals the show. 1,000 square-feet of open living space that living, dining and kitchen areas into an urban loft experience. Ten-foot ceilings and huge windows make way for the view that makes up a sizable chunk of the price tag.