Open House Dates and Times:
Sunday, August 17th, 1-4pm
Coffee Shop of Choice:
We laugh at this question because there must be eight coffee shops within one block of the Queen Ann Blvd and Boston intersection, the hub of upper QA’s markets, shops and restaurants. Organic? Sure. Local? Yes. Starbucks? Two, one in Safeway and one across the street. Tea shops and juice bars too.
Favorite Restaurant in the Area:
Again, so many good restaurants, just in upper QA, from the tony Opal and To Catch a Wolf and Portage, to excellent Thai and Japanese and Italian restaurants, to pubs like Paragon. Dozens!
Favorite Places to Go:
Just strolling the neighborhood. Bigelow Ave N is a park street, wide and open, and just a few blocks away from spectacular lookouts of mountains, water, and city. Our section of Bigelow is lined with ornamental cherry trees, and in spring it’s like walking under pink clouds, and later, when it’s breezy, in pink snow.
Best Features of the Home:
The views–we see the Cascades and Mt Rainier, Lake Union, and downtown. The kitchen, with its black granite elliptical counter, opens into the living room, dining room, and deck–perfect for entertaining. Huge windows make it airy and light. At night, we might light a fire and watch the moon rise above the lake. I also love the built-in, lighted book/display cases lining a wall, which conceal large storage areas. Oh yes–the walk-in pantry! And that’s just the main living area.
On the other hand, the house itself is sited for privacy (watch hummingbirds flitting and nesting in the greenbelt), and there are also plenty of private spaces within the house, especially the master bedroom.
And–never worry about parking again! Besides the 2-door garage/workshop, the wide driveway has off-street parking for another 4 to 6 cars–a rarity in Seattle.
The master bedroom area. It’s such a private retreat, with beautiful bamboo cabinetry and colors conveying the serenity of Bali or Thailand . In the bathroom, mossy green marble tiles lead into a huge shower with a window into a private garden. There’s also a big walk-in closet, sauna, sunroom, and outdoor covered hot tub. It feels like having your own private spa.
Any Remodeling Since Last Sale Price?:
From top to bottom! In 2005 Musa Design did such a fabulous job with the full remodel that the house was featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Northwest Home and Garden Magazine (pp 60-63). It’s such a beautiful and integrated design that the house itself is a work of art, and living in it a joy.
Most Romantic Spot:
The master bedroom retreat can’t be beat. We also like sitting together in the Secret Garden, a shade area that’s one of several garden “rooms.”
What’s in the neighborhood?:
Good schools, great houses and landscaping, a quiet yet vibrant neighborhood very close to Seattle Center and downtown, making it easy to enjoy the whole city.
What I Will Miss the Most:
Being so close to so many fine restaurants, both in QA and the larger city. And the fruit trees we planted (espalier pear and colonnade apples) that are just starting to produce good crops!