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Restored craftsman lists at $925K on Sunset Hill

Sweet old features and modern upgrades find a balance in an historic Craftsman restoration

A Craftsman from 1913? That's original, and restored, which means it also has been modernized. Good idea.

Old houses appreciate a bit of care, and occasionally that means restoration as well. It looks like they did a good job while letting the house remember its origins. A good restoration can look like the house has simply been properly maintained for decades. This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath two story could comfortable in any time. Not too simple. Not too ornate. It costs $925,000, partly from the expert work; and of course, partly from Seattle's hot market. Let's see how long it takes to sell.

Keeping the inside period, livable, and updated is another balancing act that they've managed. The formal living and dining rooms are easiest to keep in period. Emphasize the original woodwork, particularly in the impressive room divider, and maintain the feel of a century ago. The kitchen updates are more obvious because appliances are technology and technology changes - and hopefully makes living there more livable. Some cook is could have fun with the 36 inch Wolf range. Mullioned windows and wood trim keep it from being too modern. Bathrooms show both the old and the new. Tiled and curbed glass shower stalls look like updates. The tub and wainscoting look original. They blend.

One sign of the time, or at least Seattle's housing situation is the basement. Even though it has been turned into a media room, they also suggest changing it again, this time into a rental. Have we entered the post-entertainment era and replaced it with economic pragmatism?

Outside the 2,700 square foot house is the rest of the 5,000 square foot property. Most of it is an organized ornamental garden. The firepit, however, may be more appealing because it's designed for relaxing and takes a lot less maintenance. Smoke from a wood fire, that's something familiar now and back then.

· 2812 NW 64th St [Windermere]