Just a few blocks from Lake Washington is a fairy tale waiting to happen: a 1905 home with a level of detail and whimsy rarely seen outside of picture books.
From the exterior trim to the interior details, the home is full of touches we’re used to seeing in gingerbread, not wood: flourishes on the edges of the roof, ornamented gables, ornate doorways and moulding. In the main living area, a white stone fireplace has the feel of a small castle.
It makes elements that are normally stunning on their own, like leaded glass windows and exposed-beam ceilings, supporting players.
Some design choices are so precious they border on dollhouse, like the open staircase leading to the second floor from the front door. The railing, from first step to upper hallway, features heart cutouts and carvings.
The meticulous, whimsical design of the home comes together to create dynamic spaces, like a deck within a gable off the master bedroom.
Strip away the fairy tale and the house is still a luxury home typical of the Denny-Blaine neighborhood. The 5,100-square-foot home has a total of four bedrooms and, technically, four bathrooms—spread out over five rooms. One of those bathrooms, naturally, has a clawfoot tub.
Like many of its neighbors from the same era, it features a large sunroom spanning one side of the home for enjoying the sun and the views from the comfort of the indoors.
Outdoors isn’t too shabby either, though: A meticulously-manicured front and garden leads up to the home, and out back, a large deck leads down to a tidy, tree-lined patio and lawn.
The neighborhood and the lovingly-detailed level of space makes the price tag not a total shock: $2.95 million.
- 143 Madrona Place E [Windermere]