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North Seattle midcentury has geometric fireplaces and a bomb shelter

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Something for everyone for $2.3M

Frank Jenkins

Overlooking the water in Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood, this five-bedroom midcentury home feels a little remote despite being in the city, located on an acre near the end of a winding, forested road. Built in 1961 and designed by Robert G. Parr, it’s the kind of Northwest modern that’s made to nestle seamlessly among the trees—while still providing an opulent interior.

Positioned in a hillside overlooking the Salish Sea, the home’s great room has unencumbered views of the water. The view inside’s not bad, either, with a sawn travertine fireplace with a triangular hearth anchoring the room, surrounded by warm hardwood floors and walnut paneling.

The slightly vaulted ceiling continues into the dining area, connected to the kitchen—and more views—by a small window.

The wall of windows continues through a family room or craft room with a fold-down table and built-in shelves, complete with the original NuTone intercom and radio.

Out on one of the home’s patio, another travertine fireplace takes a trapezoidal shape.

Downstairs, a rec room with a wet bar has a third fireplace with unique geometry—a wider trapezoid—and the same big, water views, even a floor lower.

The views extend to the bedrooms, including the master, which opens directly to a patio.

Not every room in the house has views, though—certainly not the very real bomb shelter on the property. According to listing agent Cherie Hasson, it’s a 10-foot climb down, then you duck into a four-by-six-foot room.

Good thing there’s plenty of open-air space to explore after getting claustrophobic; multiple patios, gardens, and trails provide a breadth of outdoor experiences, including a network of rock waterfalls and ponds.

The home is listed for $2.3 million.