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Architects’ midcentury home lists for $1 million in Magnolia

This house was loved and renovated by architecture firm Malboeuf-Bowie

Amaryllis Lockhart

The Pacific Northwest is full of gorgeous, midcentury homes, and most of them have held up beautifully—even those with little or no updates. With the right care, though, a home can be updated with reverence to the original vision, like this modern basement rambler in Magnolia—which uses a motif of dark, slate blue to connect original elements with new additions.

Originally built in 1956, it was most recently occupied by Tiffany Bowie and Joe Malboeuf of Malboeuf-Bowie, modern architects with an eye for sustainability. In its current form, it’s been updated to current standards with new plumbing, electricity, and insulation, plus some aesthetic upgrades, but keeping many of the original Northwest midcentury hallmarks, like vaulted, cedar ceilings above the great room on the main floor.

In the living area, a fireplace in a lighter-toned brick complements the ceiling—and opposite in the dining area, picture windows and a large deck have views that peer across the Ship Canal to Ballard.

The kitchen still maintains a modern aesthetic that fits with the rest of the home, but has been redesigned so modern appliances don’t look or feel out-of-place.

Two of the home’s bedrooms—one master with an en-suite bath—sit on the main floor, and have the hardwoods to match.

A third bedroom on the lower level sits just off a den on the lower level with its own blue-painted brick fireplace and barn doors to match, and opens directly to a patio lining the home’s backyard. A utility room down here could someday become a kitchen.

The yard itself is large and fully-fenced, and in its current form has both a lawn and raised beds for gardening.

Between the views, the neighborhood, and the updates, this home adds up to a listing price of $1.1 million.

This article has been updated to correct a rounding error in the listing price.