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Pristine midcentury in Seward Park asks $645K

Including two fireplaces and original appliances

Stephen Hanson

Thanks to the aerospace boom of the 1950s and 1960s, the Seattle area is full of cute midcentury homes. Occasionally, we find those homes in something close to mint condition, complete with period appliances and decor.

This 1962 basement rambler built into a Seward Park hillside is totally typical of the era, with a coppertone-and-brick exterior and a peaked carport outside, a preview of the full range of midcentury styles inside.

Hardwood floors cover most of the home’s main floor, save for the kitchen and bathrooms. The living room has a classic style, bookended by both a large deck a story above the backyard and a thick, brick, gas fireplace. Unlike the sleeker options popular in the 1960s, though, the fireplace makes room for a mantle.

Heading toward the kitchen, more holdouts from the era are intact. A mirrored wall lines one edge of the dining area just off the living room.

Moving into the kitchen, a set of robin’s-egg blue General Electric appliances are still around: stovetop, oven, and dishwasher. The fridge has been replaced in the intervening years, which is probably for the best.

The period details extend all the way to the bathrooms—from one relatively plain (but still period) master to another with glittering copper walls to the extremely mod powder room.

The house’s four bedrooms keep it pretty simple, although still, very little appears to have changed. One even retains a wood accent wall.

On the lower level, a swingin’ basement features a built-in wall bench, a bar, and a second fireplace. It opens up to the backyard for maximum party potential.

Although it’s located just a few blocks from Andrews Bay, this house is listed for $645,000—about $200,000 less than the typical home in the area.