This Victorian-era Dutch Colonial home in Madrona is older than most Seattle homes, built in 1892 during the area’s gold rush boom, and has grown along with the city. A series of remodels over the past 120 years—the first in 1898 with a matching addition that nearly doubled the home’s size, and more recently in the late 1990s and early 2000s—reflect the taste of new eras while still respecting the original character and floorplan.
Newer finishes follow original geometry: A classic small, Victorian fireplace in a bonus room tucked in the bay window gained a river-rock finish. In the master suite bathroom, bold marble follows, even highlights, the sloped ceiling. The top floor adds skylights to the attic roofline to make a potentially cramped space airy.
Other elements are just lovingly maintained, like ornamented oeil-de-boeuf windows decorating the two front gables and a busy collection of dormers facing Lake Washington on the home’s west side, including private balconies off a few of the home’s five bedrooms. The interior is adorned with original millwork, with more contemporary color schemes to make it pop.
Of course, some of the updates are more dramatic. The basement on one side has been transformed into an upscale mother-in-law suite. A smaller basement beneath the addition is a collection of mansion amenities, including a generous home theater and a 1,400-bottle wine cellar.
1600 35th Avenue is on the market for $3.3 million through John L. Scott.
This article has been updated to correct a description of the mother-in-law suite, the capacity of the wine cellar, and the age of built-ins.