Your Bellevue Mid-Century Modern Primer

Here it is: the quintessential, unassuming, Bellevue mid-century modern classic. Built in 1954, it features an open floor plan, a wonderful wall of windows, modest-sized rooms, and a finished lower level. This is not a house that has modern lines on the outside but has been gutted and rebuilt on the inside. Rather, this one was gently updated and well-maintained, remaining true to its architectural roots. While not ground-breaking in its design, it captures the elements that made this style of house so appealing, both then and now. The whole street is lined with great examples of other mid-century modern style homes, by the way.


The high price here is more a reflection of the location, of course, given its quiet spot in desirable Enatai (the area west of Bellevue Way, north of I-90). Though the house sits below street level, the rest of the property continues to slope down and away, towards the neighborhood park behind it. (Not sure if you can access the park directly from this property, or if you would need to walk around a couple of blocks to get in.)

The street-facing side of the house is a classic wall of windows, inside which is a nicely-sized living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. A note said the floors were refinished with an environmentally safe hard wax finish. The kitchen was remodeled over 10 years ago but the cabinet choices were smart and timeless–it looks current in style and condition. In the master bath–they upgraded to a jetted tub!


The big family room downstairs has a petite, vintage wood stove. And just off the family room is a small bedroom with its own small walk-in closet–a teenager’s paradise? The bathroom on the lower level has its original tub: a squarish, light blue mini-tub! I’ve never seen anything quite like that (not to be confused with often square, Japanese deep soaking tubs). If there hadn’t been that nice tub upstairs, this odd little tub would have bothered me. Not at all sized for adults, it would probably best be used for small kids or just as a shower. There’s a tight laundry area downstairs, too.

So there you have it–a simple, nice, true-to-form example of the classic mid-century modern home. Enjoy.

Price: $749,500.
Location: 10640 Woodhaven Lane, Bellevue, WA 98004
Last sale price: $117,750. (in 1989)
Square footage: 2260 sq. ft.. Lot size: 9180 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2

  • Glenn Kelman

    Really nice. Your obsession with the under-appreciated mid-century modern continues…

  • Jessi

    Thanks, Glenn. And, happily, there’s no shortage of them in Bellevue. :-) Stay tuned for more retro finds.

  • Paul Kaplan

    Nice to see someone that appreciates mid-century in the Seattle area. Any idea who the architect or developer was on this one?