High on a hill, looking west past 405 to the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains beyond sits an “unadulterated Mid Century Modern” in Woodridge. It is a preserved piece of 1959 that has a minimalism that may be back in style. The listing price, $1,350,000, Baby Boom nostalgia included.
A long, red brick, wood-burning fireplace that contrasts with one of the early examples of walls of windows is a sign of a Midcentury. Whatever renovations and remodels happen, fireplaces rarely change, and walls of windows seem to be timeless. In such a minimal design, there’s little to distract from the two, on purpose. Enjoy the view during the day, and ambiance of the fire at night.
Kitchens are usually the first place for remodels because appliances eventually must be replaced. This one is a mix. Whether the cabinets are new or not, they fit the period; but the appliances and counters are new. Except for the stove. At a glance, it looks like there’s a breakfast nook with a over-sized ceiling light; but, that round table is the home for four gas burners, and the great conical contrivance coming down from the ceiling is a range hood. That suggests some interesting plumbing below and venting above.
With four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,150 square feet there are extra rooms that can act as offices, TV (now media) rooms, and rec rooms. The minimalism continues throughout.
Those views are thanks to a 0.47 acre property that has been expertly landscaped with low, native plants that won’t get obstruct the sightlines.
For some, this will be a welcome return to an earlier era. For others, renovations and remodels come to mind. Deciding what to do with the stove and the fireplace may be high on the list. The view, that’ll probably stay the same.
- 2115 123rd Ave SE, Bellevue [Zillow]