Return to the world of 1962, but with some major modern modifications. This 4,042 square foot two story house on Mercer Island retains the basic shape of its Midcentury heritage, but a major renovation in 2015 brought it forward more than fifty years. The mix of old and new is listed at $1,750,000.
Start in the living room where the slight slope to the roof and the minimalist style have been necessarily retained. They’re hard features to change, but work with modern style.
An enormous masonry fireplace has a well-set patina of smoke from years of real wood fires that, at least for the staging, have been replaced with some more moderate candles. They’re easier to clean up after, too.
Renovations are usually most apparent in the kitchen and bathrooms. Stainless steel and quartz are the defining materials for the kitchen appliances and counters, though the expanse of cabinetry large enough for a restaurant may be more noticeable.
In one of the master suites, of which there are two, a subtle shift in the walls, flooring, and bathtub surround turn a simple idea and color scheme into slight contrasts rather than a white monotony. If there’s any original equipment left, it’s probably under the floor or behind the paneling. Take a tour to see all three and a quarter bathrooms.
Most bedrooms are passed over in renovations, but one of the suites has another impressive fireplace. This time, a style similar to the bathroom. One upgrade, gas instead of wood. With five bedrooms, there are four other opportunities for the renovation to show off its originality.
Head outside for the rest of the 9,060 square foot lot to see one additional feature that could’ve been there all along, but is probably new: a putting green. An excellent opportunity to practice both your putting.
- 8140 SE 37th St, Mercer Island [Zillow]