It’s not uncommon to see midcentury design hallmarks in the 1970s, but it can look a little off—a busy detail upsets the sleek lines or a newer amenity sits awkwardly out of place. But this home by legendary Northwest Modern architect Gene Zema scales up the warm, sleek midcentury design that defined the Boeing Boom into something not only ready for the next decade, but timeless enough for at least five more.
Classic geometry like a gently-sloping, exposed-wood ceiling and a minimalist centerpiece fireplace become slightly more modular to accommodate a large, eat-in kitchen. The second story has an open hallway lofting over formal living area, fitting naturally into the ceiling’s peak with a slight asymmetry for a dynamic roofline above and below.
In classic basement-rambler style, the home tucks into a hillside to defer to the setting and highlight a Puget Sound view. The site is over a steep drop, making most of even the lower level feel like it has a penthouse view.
825 NW Northwood Road, hidden in a cul-de-sac right at the northwest corner city limits, was just on the market for the first time ever for $1.7 million. It has an offer in, but you can still check out the eye candy via Windermere.