Classic Craftsman houses have front porches that welcome guests while giving them a chance to get out of the rain. No wonder they’re popular in Seattle. This porch for this one in Fauntleroy is square, bold, and large enough for a small family to wait while you get to the door.
The house was built in 1923, when visiting was the entertainment. It has 3,480 square feet, which is spacious enough for a formal living room and a formal dining room. The style relies on simple, well-crafted wood trim, french doors for creating a border with the other less-formal parts of the house, and an emphasis on furnishings for expressions of personal style.
And then there’s the kitchen. Jump forward several decades and walk into a modern culinary palace with man-made surfaces like stainless steel, high-tech lighting, and cabinetry that may be wood but is dressed and painted to hide the material with a clean, smooth surface. Easy-to-clean can be a luxury. Ask about the polished metal addition built into the wall beside the stacked ovens.
There are three bedrooms and two and a quarter bathrooms, some of which are built with beamed ceilings and cedar-planked walls, a tone that looks more Seventies than Roaring Twenties. Perhaps the house grew during the Baby Boom.
Head back outside for a walk around the 0.28 acre lot. Extensive decking means more room for entertaining, and adds a place for enjoying a view over the neighborhood. A brick spiral leads to a gravel fire pit for a more creative retreat.
The current list price is $850,000, which is a sizable notch up from the price in June 2016 of $800,000, but that’s a small percentage if it was a flip. There may be a story about the quick return to the market.
- 4402 SW Brace Point Dr [Windermere]