This three-bedroom Phinney Ridge home would already stand out for a gorgeous Northwest Contemporary inside wrapped in a Craftsman-inspired outside. But there’s one more thing that kicks it over the top: a passive solar design.
The house, designed by Clyde Haglund along with original owner Ellen Anderson, was built in 1981 to heat and cool the home without using electricity or traditional mechanical equipment.
The windows, tile, brick, and interior glass in the home are specifically designed to store and distribute heat in the winter, while allowing the home to be cooled off in the summer. A ceiling fan in the home’s atrium can be set to push hot air up or down.
Wood-beamed ceilings in the common areas are accented by partial brick walls, one featuring a see through fireplace that connects the dining area and kitchen. A larger, gas fireplace warms the living area.
Typical of Northwest Contemporary, huge windows let in sunshine and water views in the west-facing living room, but the best source of light in the house are skylights over the atrium. Anderson’s notes on the home, given to Curbed Seattle by the listing agent, say that these windows not only let in sunlight—on a clear night, gentle moonlight comes in, too.
The house was purposely designed to open up traditional but cramped spaces in other houses, like stairwells and hallways, and it shows. The atrium serves as a hub, with wood-framed, sliding glass doors connecting it to the kitchen and living room below and French doors leading to other rooms upstairs. A winding, spiral staircase leads to a light-drenched loft right under the skylights, two bedrooms with views, and a large deck.
The backyard features an expansive, wooden patio, surrounded by a trellis and raised beds already planted with raspberries, rhubarb, and hops.
This entire nature-loving package is listed for $875,000.