Now up for grabs in Lake Forest Park, Washington—a small suburb northeast of Seattle—is a restored midcentury home dating back to 1953. Nestled on a landscaped lot and set under soaring trees, the original residence was estimated around 1,200 square feet. After several additions throughout the decades, the three-bedroom abode now measures 2,170 square feet and also features a detached studio.
"There have been many additions to the home," explains Kelle Shutter, who currently owns the property with her husband, Collier. "The carport used to have a door through to the kitchen that was enclosed to make a room, and the current carport was added in front of the other main entry door." A second living room was also added behind the common space, and a second full bath was attached to the front bedroom—all of which took place before she and Collier acquired the residence.
The couple purchased the home five-and-a-half years ago when Kelle was on maternity leave with their two-month-old child. They had recently moved from a midcentury ranch house in Phoenix and were keen on finding another home from the era—though they weren’t in a hurry.
"We weren’t seriously looking when we started going to open houses for fun on the weekends," says Kelle. "At that time, we only wanted to get an idea on pricing and try to narrow down what neighborhoods we would like to consider. Collier and I agreed that there was a risk of us falling in love with a house, but that we would only consider buying if the house was absolutely perfect."
As it turned out, Kelle and Collier found a home that fit the bill.
"We have adored living here," Kelle says. "I describe it to people as feeling like a warm hug. Our favorite room in the house is definitely the sunken living room that was an addition. It has eight huge, west-facing windows and a skylight that let in all sorts of natural light."
"It is hard to sell a home you love as much as we do this one," says Kelle. "One thing I’ve accepted about this home is that many of its best features were added on through the years, and in a way that honors the original structure and style. It has only been improved by people living in it. I hope that history continues for this amazing place, and that it serves its new owner well!"
3514 NE 187th Street in Lake Forest Park, Washington, is currently available for $750,000 by Kristine Emerson of Windermere Real Estate - Shoreline.
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