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Beautifully maintained midcentury on an acre of Vashon Island asks $985K

This 1956 home embraces its original design

A stone entryway leads to a wide front door, bookended by stone walls. The house is dark blue with white trim, and there’s a sliding-glass door to the right. Courtesy of John L. Scott Vashon

Near the west coast of Vashon Island, this palatial midcentury home was built for a big family—and big views. Like many a Pacific Northwest house of the era, it was built to defer to its surroundings, with massive windows facing the Colvos Passage and wood-and-stone interiors that spill out perfectly into an acre of carefully designed patios and gardens.

But even on its own, it’s impressive. Up until this point, the original owner lovingly maintained the four-bedroom, 3500-square-foot home, keeping the stunning hallmarks of its 1956 design. A great room, nestled under a classic sloping exposed-beam ceiling, is anchored by a dramatic stone fireplace with built-in bench seating. A built-in, ornamental room divider separates foyer from living area. Even ample wood paneling stuck around, still polished after 60 years.

Each of the rooms makes its mark on the home. On the other side of the living room fireplace, the kitchen has its own hearth. Bedrooms range from a master with private patio access to one with built-in room dividers—perfect for parking kids in. Despite the ample square footage, each corner of the house serves a function, like a hallway with built-in desks.

12609 SW 158th Street is on the market for $985,000 through John L. Scott.

An entryway with wood-panel walls and a stone floor. To the right, a door leads to a wood-paneled room. To the left, a room divider and gray carpet beyond it.
Double doors lead to a foyer built for receiving a large volume of guests.
A gray-carpeted room with a sloping exposed-wood ceiling. Large windows line the wall to the right, and to the left, there’s a large stone fireplace.
A dramatic wood-stove fireplace is the centerpiece of a classic midcentury greatroom.
A glass-top, round table and four chairs sit on a stone floor. In the back, a gray-carpeted living room has exposed beam ceilings. To the right, a large, wood-paneled kitchen with a stone fireplace.
The living room cascades into the dining room, which blends with the kitchen—complete with its own fireplace.
An office with wood-panel walls and a sloped, exposed-beam ceiling. On the far wall, there’s a built-in desk and shelves to the left and a stone fireplace to the right.
Just off the foyer, a library or study has its own fireplace for a cozy, yet formal, air.
In a wood-paneled room with an attic-style ceiling, there’s a blue desktop built into the entire length of the right wall, split by a column at the midpoint.
Built for housing a few kids, a hallway between some bedrooms has built-in desks for studying.
Two blue chairs sit on a stone patio, overlooking a green lawn and various trees, with water in the distance.
The home’s grounds have been meticulously maintained—and boast their own water views.