What makes Rambling Lane in Medina so special? Maybe it's because it still feels like the Medina I remember from the days of my childhood, when we pedaled our bikes to school and stopped at the Medina Grocery for an after school snack. Mostly the character of the homes on Rambling Lane still have their period architecture intact, with comfortable street level entries, mature trees, and nicely trimmed hedges alongside this quaint lane with no sidewalks.
These homes feature lovely westerly views across Lake Washington to the University of Washington's famous double decked stadium, the snowcapped Olympic Mountains, and views of both floating bridges with the moving lights of traffic at night. The position of Rambling Lane just happens to be far enough south of the 520 Floating Bridge that traffic noise from the continuous stream of east/west daily flow doesn't impact the homes there, and yet it benefits from seeing the movement of the bridge and automobile lights at night across the lake.
Along Evergreen Point Road in Medina, Rambling Lane is the only north south lane that runs parallel to the shoreline, and with the topography below it dropping off substanially enough to make these few view properties a rare offering in the local real estate marketplace. Everything east of Evergreen Point Road is deprived of westerly views, as the land gently slopes off away from the lake.
Some people would argue that the cache' value of this address is also elevated by its proximity to the home of William H. Gates III and his wife Melinda, whose estate is immediately north of Rambling Lane stretching fully from Evergreen Point Road to the shores of Lake Washington. This world famous couple is busy with their Gates Foundation initiatives, but occasionally they are seen coming and going, or taking walks through the neighborhood.
Now that you know a little about Rambling Lane in Medina, you should know that 1634 Rambling Lane is for sale for the first time since it was built in 1963. The home is substantially built, and has wonderful spaces, and a very usable lot with level driveway and yard at the entry side of the home, and a side driveway that actually passes along the south side of the home to the walk-out daylight basement patio.
There was a time a few years ago that this home might have yielded to new construction, but today it is a prime candidate for a revival and refreshening, in keeping with the surrounding homes. What a great place to call home if you are interested in Medina, and with the adjusted values of today, this one merits a close look.