Some homes are magic. They're all made of the some combination of sticks and stones, pounded and painted, then sealed with a shiny door. But, some of them, a rare few, brush your skin with comfort and awe when you set down your bag. This is one.
The magic made this property a wedding gift to Mr. Lance Haslund's parents in 1939. It was a candy bribe, really, from their parents to get them to Seattle from Oakland. It worked, but expecting to outgrow the house upon Lance's birth, his folks sold it. Fifty-five years later, the magic brought a young couple back to 3100 SW 170th at Three Tree Point- Mr. Haslund and his love, Mrs. Laurie Haslund. They weren't even looking for a home.
They dreamed and drew, designing a home that reminded them of one of their favorites, the David B. Gamble house in Pasadena, California. Adding a touch of FLW and inevitably blending with the natural and native spirits of the Pacific Northwest, they envisioned this. Respectfully razing the original family home, Mr. and Mrs. Haslund built. The result, magic.
Magic is easy to feel and impossible to quantify. Is it Mt. Rainier, flirting in and out of the view at her whim? Stunning Puget sound exposure? The echoes of 115 private concerts played here? Reclaimed wood from original Seattle City buildings? Fixtures bartered from local schools, now torn down?
This magic, of course, is impossible to define. And, easy to feel.