Old world elegance and ostentation are mimicked, but rarely expressed completely and unapologetically in cities as young as Seattle. But this $5 million estate from 1924 in Shoreline has that style and sophistication for someone with the appropriately expansive personality.
Start with the provenance. The design by iconic architects Elizabeth Ayers and Edwin Ivey builds a sense of heritage.
Brickwork instills patterns in the exterior that will weather Seattle’s climate. Marble steps and carved stonework around the entry is reminiscent of European cathedrals. A minor concession to the atmosphere is electric rather than gas lighting. Frame it all with graceful gardens and don’t be surprised that guests arrive with straightened postures and heightened manners.
Of course there are crystal chandeliers. Here they look at home. Carved fireplace mantels, exquisite millwork around the windows and in the floor, and wrought iron railings were crafted, not simply installed.
Some rooms epitomize formality. The dining room looks set for an intimate French Provincial societal experience, perhaps with butlers. The den could be the archetype with its carved wood paneling, broad fireplace, and book shelves.
Outside, find a 25-yard swimming pool that has received the conservatory treatment, all glass all around.
Wander the over four and a half acres of grounds and gardens for the foliage, and for the panoramic views of the Sound and the Olympics.
Even the numbers are dressed to impress. Square footage inside, 11,200, about a quarter of an acre. Nine bedrooms and twelve bathrooms accommodate the largest families, or plenty of guests, maybe with some room left over for staff. More space is available in a carriage house with similar design that is connected to the main house by a covered walkway.
It almost seems out of place to mention the more modern parts of the home, but updates are necessary. Kitchens and entertainment rooms were a bit different in 1924. Maintaining that kind of character can only be carried so far.
This article has been edited for clarity.