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.