Set within the forest, peering out past the trees to see Manzanita Bay is a midcentury modern that plays with innovations. It was designed by John Rudolph and built in 1966 with a style that can inspire flashbacks to fifty years ago. Now it’s listed at $589,000, a very modern figure.
Start with a simple thing that is unlikely to change: the fireplace in the living room. A wood-burning fireplace is classic, but its shape unique. The outline mimics the peak of the roof, and is broadened to meet up with a pair of brick pillars rising to the exposed ceiling beams. Wrap more of the room with book shelves and head back to an era when reading only had to compete with three or four channels as entertainment.
Look down on the kitchen, because the house is built in layers. The space is open, so a call for dinner will reach more of the house, and someone in the living room can look over the railing to see how it is all coming together. The aromas get a chance to waft around, too.
Usually the master suite gets the attention, but of the three bedrooms (with two bathrooms), it is the bunkhouse/dormitory style one that stands out. Each kid gets a bed, some storage, a desk, a bookshelf, and a low closet. At least one even gets a window. They all sit in the same room in a shared space with a bit of privacy, too.
The 2,128 square-foot sits on a sloped and wooded near-half-acre that somehow finds room for a raised bed garden. Don’t be surprised if previous generations have carved out some trails, too.
- 6501 NE Monte Vista Dr, Bainbridge Island [Windemere]