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Classic 1909 craftsman sits over Portage Bay

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Historic, elegant, and comfortable in northwest style

Courtesy of Windermere

Decades of owners managed to maintain the period feel of this 1909 shingled craftsman overlooking Portage Bay. It’s just modern enough for comfort.

Start with the formal spaces. Coffered ceilings in the living and dining rooms provide character, and an opportunity for subtle contrasting colors that decorate without distraction. In classic craftsman style, a wood-burning fireplace with an artistic tile mantel is bracketed by mullioned windows. In both rooms, French doors open onto a balcony and a view of the water and the mountains.

Beside them is a kitchen and pantry painted in a playful mix of pastels, almost as if each part of the rooms were color-coded for organization. The focus is a stout six-burner range backed by green tiles in a herringbone pattern. Wine storage and glass display shelves are a few steps away, convenient and also out of the traffic flow of a busy chef.

Distributed among the three floors and 3,740 square feet of space are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Built-in shelves and classic iron registers are reminders of the home’s heritage.

A long room with a mirrored wall is just the place for working out, yoga, or a private dance studio.

A welcome pairing is a sunroom and a sun porch. Both are covered. One is protected by windows, for our days when the weather looks better than it feels. The other is open to the breezes for natural relief from the heat. Both are sites for sitting, relaxing, and enjoying the view.

Then, for those days when it’s best to be outside, outside decks extend the living spaces into the well-maintained and mature gardens of the 5,500-square-foot lot.

Ready to step in and steward the home for another decade or so? The listing price is $1.9 million.