In 1970, someone was smart enough to buy about a half acre of waterfront between Bellevue and Renton and build a classic midcentury home on it. One-level living on a low bank shore with a slice of private beach is an uncommon combination. Now, it’s a $2,300,000 property that sits along 68 feet of shoreline between Newcastle Beach and the Seahawks’s training facility. The area is growing up around it, but its beachhead is established.
It is a cute beach. Lakeshore properties aren’t subject to the same worries as oceanside, without tides, storm surges, or beach-eating waves. The backyard, before it plunges into Lake Washington, has just a few small terraces and a low bulkhead—very little separates the home from the water.
A new 72 foot dock with deepwater moorage gives ready access to a boat without having to rent an offsite space. Maybe you can use it as guest quarters or a retreat.
The midcentury architecture is most apparent in the living areas. A wall of windows is almost a requirement with such a sweet west view. But, it is the dark exposed ceiling beams and the brick fireplace that prove the house’s era. A second living area on the other side of the kitchen features a second fireplace for good measure.
A mix of new and old exist together in the kitchen. The stainless steel appliances and slab stone counters look much more current than the natural wood cabinets, which match the midcentury. The three bedrooms and two bathrooms help fill in the rest of the 2,420 square feet of living space.
Head back outside for a lot more landscaping than lawn. There’s a patch or two of turf to play with, but much of the remaining land has been tamed with pavers, stepping stones, and gravel with a few boulders for contrast.
Still, it’s the deck that will probably get the most use, sitting by the lake, enjoying the view at the end of the day.
- 4737 Lakehurst Ln, Bellevue [Sotheby’s]