Seattle architect Ralph Anderson is known for two things: the revitalization of Pioneer Square in the 1960s, and breathtaking contemporary homes that soak in the natural world around them.
This home just southwest of Seattle—originally listed for $2.5 million back in July, and now back on the market for $1.95 million—is a prime example of the latter. He did, after all, design it for his own family.
Anderson has designed other homes along the beach around West Seattle, but few, if any, get this close to the water. A short, rocky seawall is just a few feet from the pool in the backyard, and a deck extends over for waterfront lounging.
The front door of the home starts the creative window work, with an oval stained glass design—a motif that extends up the length of the house.
Inside, Anderson hallmarks are present, but extra bright: Walls of narrow, floor-to-ceiling windows line the living area. That close to the water, those windows seem to draw in the entire Puget Sound—and window benches bring residents as close as possible.
Tucked under a loft in this wood-paneled main room, a cozier lounge area surrounds a fireplace, bookended by built-in shelves.
Farther back on this main floor, a deck and a spa lead to a small yard area—or the large kitchen with its own fireside lounge opens up to the waterfront deck.
From the front living area, an open staircase winds upward to the next two floors. Midway through, stop at the second level for bedrooms and a smaller deck.
One bedroom overlooks the three-story windows, with barn doors for privacy when necessary, and has access to a deck looking over the water.
Continue to the third floor toward a large skylight in the peak of the home’s ceiling, similar to those in other Anderson homes.
A second fireside lounge area overlooks windows that start below, or move further into the back for a the home’s highest deck over the water.
This article has been updated to reflect the most recent listing data.