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Leschi home by Jim Olson looks over Lake Washington

A view from every room

Michael DIckter, courtesy of Stanford Group

Jim Olson of Olson Kundig fame designed this three-bedroom, modern home overlooking Lake Washington from the Leschi neighborhood in 1968. Although the home is pushing 45—and has undergone other renovations by other architects since then—much of the architect’s original vision remains.

Like much of the Seattle area’s best modern architecture, the home is nestled within a wooded hillside. Even from the front entryway, there’s a little peek at a Lake Washington view—which gets even bigger the farther one ventures into the home.

Once inside, an open concept kitchen, living room, and formal dining area are visually separated by ceiling height—with a seating area taking center stage underneath a cathedral ceiling. Two stories of windows bring light and lake views into the space, anchored by the home’s original fireplace. Doors from the dining space lead out onto a large deck to bring the lake even closer.

This central area serves as a kind of atrium, with little nooks overlooking this central hub from a loft. One den-like space in this upper catwalk leads to its own, smaller balcony.

The home continues on a lower level, including a spacious master with en-suite seating area and bathroom. Looking out from the hillside, even the lower level is high up enough to take in the view.

The no-room-without-a-view aesthetic even extends to an upper-floor powder room.

The architectural prestige and mega views add up to a listing price of $1.3 million.

This article has been updated to clarify that other architects—is that you? Tip us!—have worked on the home since Olson completed the home.