Among a row of elder buildings on 17th Avenue on the cusp of Capitol Hill and the Central Area, the Betsy Ross stands as an especially ornate example of Seattle’s 1920s brick apartment building boom, bisected by a portico and an ornamented two-story window. Inside, as it turns out, it maintains that same bold, opulent look from 90 years ago. This ground-floor, one-bedroom unit at the building’s southwest corner boasts deeply coved ceilings, ornate woodwork, hardwood floors, and other details from the era—with just a few thoughtful upgrades.
It starts at the front door, with the coved ceiling creating a series of arches in the entryway. At the edge of the living area, a built-in cabinet hides a lighted bar.
In the living room itself, glass doors add additional period decor: a pair of French doors with deco millwork leading into the kitchen and dining room and one leaded-glass door to the outside. Built into one wall, a former closet hides an office nook, so even without a separate office, one can close the door on the workday when it’s time to relax.
The kitchen and dining area is a classic 1920s design, with low cabinets separating the eating nook from the cooking area—but with an extra burst of leaded glass. Plenty of built-ins, including a wine rack, add storage.
Through here, a solid, wood door opens to the bedroom. A door on the other side leads to the hallway, creating a circular floorplan.
The same look and feel extends to the bathroom, with plenty of built-in cabinetry and an archway lining the edge of the tub.
Out the back door, a brick patio adds a sliver of outdoor space. Out in the alley, private garages—yes, the unit comes with a whole garage—provide storage for a car, bikes, or other stuff.
The home is listed for $515,000, plus $493 a month in HOA dues.
- 1120 17th Ave Unit A [Redfin]