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Midcentury meets northwest in this Ralph Anderson home

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Natural materials and massive windows take in the Beaux Arts Village woods

Courtesy of David Eastern

Architect Ralph Anderson is revered as “the father of Pioneer Square.” He also made a huge impact on the northwest’s residential landscapes, with builds and remodels that helped shape the northwest’s style.

This 1966 home in Beaux Arts Village is a perfect bridge between the Bellevue area’s midcentury boom and northwest contemporary style.

Materials that complement the neighborhood’s wooded setting are used throughout the home, like ashy wood-slat walls and ceilings accented by warmer wood trim.

The front door opens to a formal dining room with hardwood floors, but move past a wide, stone pillar into a vast living area is topped by vaulted, cathedral ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the forest outside.

On this side, the stone wall becomes a vast hub of a fireplace, which reaches up into the loft above to create a second fireplace in a smaller gathering space. With its wall of built-in shelves and ample opportunities for fireside reading, this space could be a great library.

The dining area also leads back into the kitchen, featuring a more informal eating nook. Or, from another angle, it serves as a hub for the home’s partially split-level design.

Wood-frame sliding glass doors seem never more than a room away in this house for ready access to the outdoors.

Upstairs, a large den leads to two mirror-image bedrooms, accented by more floor-to-ceiling windows and vaulted, wood-slat ceilings.

At the very top of the house, a cozy office features dramatically-vaulted ceilings and skylights for watching the rain come down.

The home is built in a way that complements the gentle slope of the land, which makes for a dynamic wooded landscape on a quarter of an acre outside.

But if you want to get out of the shade and into the water, the neighborhood’s private beach with 1,100 feet of Lake Washington waterfront, sports court, and dock are also practically in the backyard.

This piece of Bellevue-area history, 3,000 square feet of living space and all, is listed for $1.5 million.