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Dutch Colonial estate with luxe updates asks $3.3 million in Madrona

The home’s history shows through decades of changes

A house with pale yellow siding, white trim, and two large gambrel gables facing the street. There’s a green lawn in front with a concrete pathway leading to the sidewalk in front of the house, then a gate and trees in between.
An addition built soon after the home’s original construction added a second gambrel roof for a dramatic two-gable look.
Photos by Layne Freedle/Real Estate Imaging Northwest

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.

A living room with beige walls. To the right, a cased opening leads to a door and stair. Above, thick white boxbeams are set on a beige ceiling with recessed lights. Two chairs and a sectional are gathered around a large coffee table.
A spacious living area has dramatic boxbeam ceilings, highlighted by a contrasting paint job.
A room with brown walls and white trim and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Ahead, a small fireplace has a stone face. To the left, white walls and drawers.
An office off the entry updates a very Victorian design with built-ins and a stone face on the fireplace.
Glass French doors open to a balcony with two outdoor sofas facing a center coffee table. There’s a wood terrace above.lining the edges, held up by two white pillars. The main railing is lined in yellow siding with white trim.
A large, terraced balcony set near the formal first-floor spaces is perfect for dining or cocktails al fresco.
A bathroom. To the right, a marble wall is slightly sloped in over a white soaking tub. To the left is a wood vanity and a door opening to a red-painted room.
In addition to a closet bigger than some microstudios, the master suite includes a modern bathroom that highlights the roofline.
A sitting area with a low, sloped ceiling, a white couch, and a Foosball table, with skylights against the ceiling slant on the left. A wooden door opens to a second room up a small step.
The attic level has been finished into light-soaked sitting area and bedroom with new skylights and wood beams.
A hallway with beige walls and a hardwood floor. To the left, a white railing looks over an open staircase with a chandelier encased in glass above. Ahead, a stair to the left with white banister leads upwards. Ahead, a door opens to another room.
The classic Victorian floorplan with a network of open staircases and hallways is highlighted with both period fixtures and more modern pieces.
Two black-and-white photos side-by-side. The left photo shows one home with a gambrel roof and dormers to the front and side. The right photo shows the addition of a wing with a second front dormer and a dormer facing the left, too.
Historic photos show the home before and after the 1898 addition.
Courtesy of 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.