It can be hard to find a perfect balance with one of Seattle’s classic 1920s Craftsmans—sometimes it means choosing between a fixer-upper or a home that’s been remodeled to death. But this 1921 home, located between Wallingford, Green Lake, and Phinney Ridge (or Tangletown), has managed to hold onto the vintage details that makes it so adorable while maintaining its polish, with upgrades that complement the original design.
At the front, the home still has an original concrete garage, with a white railing up top framing a deck overlooking the sidewalk. It nods to a similar white railing lining the colorful staircase to the porch, topped with a white trellis—currently unadorned, but sitting at the ready for another pop of color from wisteria or even hops, with a little patience.
Inside, the formal spaces are separated by archways, defining separate areas without shutting them out from one another. In the living room, a white brick fireplace is framed by built-in shelves made of the same dark wood as the trim of the leaded glass windows above. A formal dining area features the same millwork, with the same designs in the glass of the upper windows.
Upgrades in the kitchen are practical, not garish, with butcher-block counters, white subway tile, and newer appliances. A pantry in the back means plenty of storage for staples.
The home’s two bedrooms also maintain the original look and feel, with window designs and other millwork carried over from the 1920s.
A semi-finished, no-frills basement provides a flexible space or remodel potential, with enough room to hold a small den area and laundry facilities, plus plenty of storage.
Out back, a low-maintenance yard gives priority to the patio and plantings, not so much a lawn—although there are still stretches of green space for when one’s in the mood for soft grass.
The home is listed for $795,000.
- 2319 N 59th Street [CBB]