Car Enthusiast's Dream Home on Lake Washington Waterfront - Bryn Mawr, Seattle
There are a thousands of homes on the shores of Seattle's lakes and Puget Sound. Finding the right house for a waterfront home buyer always entails researching their need for boat moorage, privacy of location, and waterfront footage desired. Sometimes, though, a rare characteristic of a home makes it uniquely suited to a particular buyer's needs.
If I was searching for a Lake Washington home for a buyer who was a car collector, enthusiast, or just liked to have a stable of vehicles for variety, this home on Rainier Ave S. would be our first stop. The home has all of the features necessary for a beautiful lakefront estate, but its 5+ car garage with panoramic Lake Washington views is almost singularly unique in the vast number of homes I've visited around the lake.
Access from the street is easy, as the bank of garage doors opens the full length of the garage. The full-length windows on the water-side of the garage make for a perfect spot to show off your collection, tinker with the engine, or just house a handful of personal watercraft for the winter. The garage covers the full width of the street-side property, save for a gated walkway down to the home. This provides a nice privacy break from the street and a secure entry.
Walking down the stairway to the home, the 6000 sq ft lot provides plenty of space for a protected patio area, and a large lawn down near the water. The property feels like an amply-sized plot for a large outdoor gathering. The dock provides moorage for a fairly large vessel, and the nearby homes are all nicely-appointed, similarly-styled homes. It feels like this area has retained much of its style and charm since many of these homes were built in the mid-century.
Inside the home, the kitchen and baths have been remodeled extensively. Stylish tile work, clean hardwoods, and modern touches give a strong contemporary feel, while classic period pieces have remained untouched. Coved ceilings, built-ins, and glass doorknobs retain the war-era charm of the original structure.
As with most well-built waterfront homes, the views abound from every lake-facing room in the house (which includes almost every room). The South end of Mercer Island sits just across the water, and this end of the lake seems to catch the calmest waters of Lake Washington. The home was designed for comfortable living, and the modern updates have only enhanced that effect. This waterfront property would make almost any home buyer elated about their new residence, but if that buyer happened to have a thing for classic cars, they may have just found their needle in a haystack.