Nearly to the northern edge of West Seattle in North Admiral is a sleek, 1983 contemporary home with bold angles, opening to views of Elliott Bay and Downtown.
This slice of contemporary architecture was designed by Lois Jane Hastings, who started as the only woman in her University of Washington architecture class in 1946. She’d go on to become the eighth woman to be licensed as an architect in Washington State and the first woman president of the American Institute of Architects Seattle chapter.
The slim, triangular home was designed to fit on an irregularly-shaped, 3,285 foot lot looking over the bay. The building itself stacks up to 2,692 square feet, with three bathrooms and two bedrooms, plus an office or den that adjoins to a library.
Floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights, and interior glass details keep light flowing throughout the home, especially in the lush solarium. Get closer to that sunlight two view decks, or take a stroll down the hill to the southeast edge of Alki Beach.
In the late 1980s, tour map publishers Richard and Marjorie Ingalls bought the home, where they’ve lived ever since.
It’s no wonder the Ingalls family, with their bold, eye-catching map illustrations, enjoyed the house. They even made it their own, adding a water feature and koi pond to the atrium, a daylight elevator running to all three floors, and the library. The kitchen was remodeled with materials imported from Harrods in London.
This house is both contemporary and, in many ways, a piece of Seattle history—but all that access to Seattle’s gorgeous natural world doesn’t hurt, either. Discover all the home’s wonders for $1.3 million.
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