Imagine moving to Kirkland in 1932, buying about a half acre along the lake, and settling into a small house on the water. That half-acre gained a midcentury modern home in 1958. Put it all together on a property listed for $2.5 million.
A slightly-sloped roof, exposed ceiling beams, and lots of windows all are marks of the midcentury heritage of the main house. The living room has a fireplace with a patterned brick chimney and a view of the long lawn and the water beyond. Retro is built in.
The other half of the great room is a much more modern kitchen. Light-toned cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and simple counters blend with the rest of the room. No need to create a marked contrast in a period house.
Combined, the house and cabana hold five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 1,940 square feet of living space.
There’s ostensibly little to no change in bedrooms from 1958; one even retains the wood paneling typical of the era. At least one of the bathrooms, however, is about as modern as the kitchen with new fixtures, a slab stone counter, glassed-in shower, and marble tiles. A cedar sauna is a nice touch.
The cabana can act as guest quarters, or a place for other members of the family. Or, for someone who loves the water, swap the roles and make it the main house—it’s complete with the necessities, including a second kitchen and bathroom.
Boaters may care more about the dock and the moorage than the housing. A private slip for boats that need to be moored, and no-bank shoreline for hand-launching kayaks, may be the most valuable piece of the package.