Phinney Ridge “Treehouse” Open this Weekend in Seattle
As a Phinneywood specialist and longtime resident I am holding a very special open house this Sunday May 20th from 1-4. This home is truly one of a kind in the area. Located just a couple of short blocks from the Woodland Park Zoo. A few years ago it was a neglected original Green Lake cabin from the beginning of the last century (maybe even older) then it was completely reinvented as a charming family home on a small foot print with a second story and a finished basement. It might have had one of the smallest homes in the area five years ago, but it lives big now. Perched above the street it boasts privacy and and a quiet backyard complete with a water feature and granite retaining walls. Safe to say you haven’t seen another lot like this, and the house is completely remodeled top to bottom. What was once a garage is now a finished bedroom (buyer to verify) or office space and a 3/4 bath.
It's the kind of house that you could easily drive right by on the street without noticing it perched proudly above the street and out of the way, but once you are inside you will find light filled spaces and views over Greenlake Park towards the Cascade Mountains and beyond in your own little private "treehouse". The master is on the top floor along with another bedroom and a spacious full bath finished with mosaic and glass tile. The ground floor entry level has gleaming wood floors, a kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, the original brick fireplace in the living room, dining space and a powder room all in an open floor plan. Downstairs is the laundry room and the converted garage.
This house doesn't scream" look at me", tucked behind and underneath mature trees but you will appreciate the privacy the mature plantings provide when you are inside. Outside is a well executed landscape plan with low maintenance in mind and year-round color. It's a charming oasis without a lawn to mow. Complete with a functioning pond, backyard deck and other outdoor "rooms". If you are familiar with the popular Leschi neighborhood, this is the kind of home you might expect there. Only this one is north of the Ship Canal with easy access to Aurora and to buses downtown.
OK, it might be a stretch, calling this a " treehouse" with it's firm concrete foundation and traditional stick built construction. I am referring to how it feels to live in this space. You'll be perched high above the street and sidewalk, placed well above the neighbor to the east, and buffeted by the beautiful granite walls to the west (they don't make them like they used to!). Under the large tree to the back of the lot, and the unique tree south of the front door you have a bird's eye vantage point. What I am alluding to is the sense of peace and quiet and privacy with the views looking over the neighbor's home to the views to the east from the master bedroom and balcony and to the views towards the south in the second upstairs bedroom and ground level. One can't help but feel above it all in their own private light-filled spaces away from whatever might be happening down below at street level.
It's a very walkable neighborhood, zoo concerts blocks away in the summer along with the Woodland and Greenlake parks just down the hill. The address ranks a Walk Score of 69 and is just down the hill from Phinney Ave North with all the restaurants, pubs and galleries. The PNA has zip cars as well as classes and it's myriad of other activities.
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