Just one block south of Woodland Park Zoo, this three-bedroom townhouse, built in 1923, is full of vintage charm, with the brick and extensive terra cotta common for the era. That was untouched by a condo conversion in 1977—and despite its dense surroundings, it lives like a single-family home. It also is part of a bigger story about Seattle’s growth nearly a century ago.
Hawthorne Square, a development of courtyard townhomes similar to rowhouses, were part of a 1920s housing boom, and were designed for upper-middle-class people “who could afford to purchase a home but preferred the convenience of renting,” according to its listing in the National Register of Historic Places, which notes the era was a time of prosperity. The architects were Lawton and Moldenhour, who also designed the Liggett Building at Fourth and Pike and the Republic Building at Third and Pike.
Alterations since then are minimal: a small addition to one building, a few decks, and an upgrade to the garage doors. In the center fountain, says the register, originally had concrete frogs spouting water in the center instead of a boy.
While the integrity inside the homes vary, this one appears to be in pretty good shape, with oak flooring and period millwork like cased openings. All the units have basements, and many of them, including this one, have since been finished—in this case it’s a den, although there’s laundry down there, too. The kitchen has been opened up to the dining room, something the register notes is a very common alteration, which frees up some entertaining space.
Upstairs, three bedrooms have the same historic feel, with original woodwork, shuttered windows and hardwood floors, but with the added modern convenience of a second set of laundry facilities.
4800 Fremont Avenue N is on the market for $1.15 million through Urbn Livn, with $490 a month in HOA dues, and comes with its own private (also historic) garage.