This Laurelhurst luxury home currently on the market was originally built as a farmhouse right around 1900—before Laurelhurst became the posh, lakeside community it is today. But as time went on, it would play an integral role in the neighborhood’s development, taking on a couple of different lives before becoming a single-family home again.
Soon after its construction, Laurelhurst’s pastures were turned into a golf course, and according to a history of the home prepared by the listing agent, this home became the course’s clubhouse. That course only lasted for about eight years, but by that point, Laurelhurst residents were splitting up their home lots and more residents were moving in. The golf club sold the house for $100,000—millions in today’s money—and used the proceeds to move the course up to the Highlands in Shoreline.
Eventually, the golf course became the Laurelhurst Beach Club, and the building was converted back to a residence and moved to its current location at 5100 NE Latimer Place.
100 years later, and the home’s still a single-family residence, but it’s had a few more upgrades, like a finished basement with media and game rooms. But a lot of the historic detail still remains in the upper floors: fireplaces in the common areas and bedrooms alike, radiators, wainscoting, and boxbeam ceilings. The outdoor space has had a few upgrades, too, with a large, sturdy back porch and even a basketball court.
The price is more indicative of modern Laurelhurst, too: It’s listed for $3.1 million.