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Stately North Admiral home is fancy inside and out

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Is it possible to just live in the backyard?

Photos by Christophe Servieres and Alan Lawrence, courtesy of Reside Real Estate Group

On a dead-end street in a West Seattle hillside, this dramatic, colonial revival home nestles in the trees—but still manages to have some big city and sound views.

The structure of the house itself certainly makes an impression, with an imposing design and more than 4,000 square feet of living space. But the outdoor spaces are just as impressive, starting with the lawn wrapping around the house and continuing to the backyard, which has more attention to relaxation and luxury than most indoor living rooms.

An outdoor sectional wraps around a large fire pit, drawing in a wood-paneled hot tub into a conversation area. One step below, a larger patio connects to an indoor lounge for party spillover. The whole area is coated with polished concrete for a marble-like look before below and forest around.

If one could just live in a backyard, it would be this one—but the indoor space is also almost cartoonishly lavish. The kitchen, like the backyard, gives a marbled vibe, here from quartzite. It’s open to a formal dining area, separated visually by a cased opening—and with a direct path to the outdoors for dining alfresco.

The 1904 home maintains some of its historic air, but has had some modern updates from the mid-1990s, including massive picture windows framing the view of the water.

The home’s four bedrooms maintain a similar air—like the master, which, in a cozier, older, style, contains its own fireplace, just a gas one. Sliding glass doors open to a balcony and an even bigger view.

Another bedroom—currently with a very whimsical style—maintains more of its historic details, with a built-in cabinet, thick moulding, and wainscoting.

One space that is all upgrade: a theater in the basement with rows of plush seating.

This house, with its massive presence and equally big views, has likely always been at least somewhat luxurious. It last sold in 2005 for $1.1 million. Now, at 114 years old, it’s listed for $2.15 million.