Begin with the rare chance to buy 1.6 acres of waterfront along 100 feet of Lake Washington. Location alone explains part of the $4,688,000 listing price for this 1971 house built in a style described in the listing as “Other”. That’s what happens with truly original architecture.
Wood ceilings and exposed beams suggest a Northwest Contemporary style, but there’s so much glass that the other defining element of wood siding doesn’t get a chance to express itself. And why not use lots of windows? The view and proximity to the water rather demand it. A few features do point out the forty year old style: a fireplace sitting in the middle of the room, and a tendency towards glass cabinets with mirrored backs surrounded by lights.
In the kitchen, the appliances look like they’ve been updated, but one of the counters retains the radical notion that wood can work as a countertop.
There are four bedrooms and four bathrooms in the two story home that is capped with a cupola. The master bedroom sits below a wooden rotunda ceiling, with the bed backed by more mirrors. A sense of theater, perhaps?
More mirrors line yet another room, possibly a good candidate for a gym or dance studio.
Getting around inside the 4,960 square foot space is aided by a spiral staircase, and by an elevator. Conventional straight stairs are available, too.
As you drive to the door, you’ll notice the cobbled driveway; but you’ll probably remember the pool with a view, more. A broad set of patios and decks lead and wrap around the pool. Beyond that is refined landscaping, and finally the shore and a private dock.
Inside and out, the property creates an uncommon package.
- 70 Cascade Key, Bellevue [Zillow]