Thanks to the Boeing-era boom, Seattle is packed with beautiful midcentury homes. This four-bedroom basement rambler in Shoreline, built in 1953, exemplifies what makes most of those homes great: Warm, natural materials surround huge windows to take in the surrounding evergreens, for an effect that is both urbane and sylvan.
This is especially true on the main floor, where vaulted, exposed-beam ceilings top every room. This is most pronounced in the open living room and kitchen, separated by a classic brick fireplace.
Under one side of the slope, floor-to-ceiling windows bring natural light to the gathering space. Down the other, the dining room and kitchen are visually separated when hardwood floors meet tile. To add to the woodsy look, wood paneling coats the back wall of the living room, extending all the way to one wall of the dining area.
Both sides open to a deck—in the case of the living room, that deck looks out over the backyard. The deck from the dining room opens to the street, and has enough room for a barbecue.
The master bedroom benefits from the same design as the living room, with the ceiling peak running down the center of the room. A door embedded in the floor-to-ceiling windows opens to a deck that mirrors the one adjoining the living room.
Other bedrooms are a little more utilitarian, designed for those baby boom families. But they still have plenty of space—and those same hardwood floors.
The lower floor is anchored by a rec room with large windows and direct access to the backyard, plus a window bench and a second fireplace. A mudroom leading from the carport, an office, and a den or storage space complete the basement.
This well-kept home that maintains its midcentury design is listed for $725,000.
- 18750 12th Ave NE [JLS]