The Puget Sound may not have as many Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes as other areas, but he still had a huge influence on our local architecture through a disciple far more prolific up here: Milton Stricker. The architect joined Wright’s fellowship in 1951, and spent the next four decades or so designing more than 130 projects—largely modern homes with a careful eye for the Pacific Northwest nature around many of them.
If you get a gorgeous, waterfront home by Stricker, you don’t let it go. Maybe that’s why this Kingston home along the Hood Canal, built in 1978, is still with a grandchild of the original owners. But it’s time to let someone else have a chance with the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home on three quarters of an acre.
The home is located on a bluff overlooking the water on the edge of a forested lot that opens up to a clearing as the house—and the view—approach. The home’s main role seems to not get in the way, with an appearance that, although sleek, doesn’t steal focus. Even the carport is pretty, serving as a portal from the wooded back of the house to the sunny front.
Past the forest, a manicured yard has nothing between it, the water, and the sunshine, and has plenty of room for ornamental gardens and raised beds.
Inside, walls of windows face the canal, with brick, wood paneling, and other neutrals complementing the outdoors. Floor-to-ceiling windows pop in at every opportunity, from the living room to the kitchen. Built-in shelves and benches help storage, furnishings, and everyday life blend with the view outside.
While the home carves out distinct areas for cooking, eating, dining, and sleeping, partial walls, skylights, and sliding shōji doors keep the interior bright and open—even in areas that don’t benefit from a water-facing view.
While the home is high up on a bluff, it’s part of a community with its own gated beach and boat launch for that direct water access.
The asking price is $619,000.
- 34245 Hood Canal Dr NE [CBB]