A 1920s Bungalow For Sale in Spokane

by hookedonhouses on July 22, 2012

When I first set eyes on this Craftsman Bungalow in Spokane, Washington, built in 1928, my heart skipped a beat. A house like this looks like a place you could call home. The listing said it had been “beautifully restored inside and out,” so I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like. Check it out!

The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

Everything’s a little brown and beige for me, so I’d need to add some color. The woodwork is beautiful, though.

The rooms aren’t very big, but they seem to have made the most of the space.

I’m a sucker for black and white checkerboard floors in old kitchens like this.

I like the tile detail in the bathroom floor:

The listing describes the basement as retro:

They’ve done a great job with the landscaping. This is a backyard I’d linger in:

Is this your kind of house? It’s on the market for $375,000. For more photos and information, check the listing by Marianne Guenther Bornhoft.

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Kathy Strader July 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

Love this house. My husband and I have been looking for such a house to move to our property in Brenham, TX and then fix it up. Great ideas here.

Justin July 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

I absolutely love this home – that kitchen is fantastic. I’m so glad they didn’t tear down the walls and create an open floor plan like so many people are doing nowadays…I’m just not a fan of the whole open floor plan thing. I rather like the walls and nooks and crannies that this house seems full of.

I’d say the only thing it’s lacking is a sunroom, that would make it perfect.

Laura July 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

I agree. Open plan can be nice, but every house does not have be butchered to provide it.

The Other Sue July 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Me too. I love turning a corner and being surprised by a room, rather than being able to see the whole interior at a glance.

Justin July 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels that way – every charming old house in my area seems to have had all the interior walls ripped out to create open floor plans.

Shari D. May 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Thank goodness! I am so relieved to know that I am not alone in not preferring opening up every single room to every other room in the house. I absolutely love the idea of walls keeping the next room a surprise from the one before! There’s something about the privacy it entails as well. Open floor plans like some I have seen give me the heebie-jeebies thinking of living in them like that! Bungalows were built with walls and discrete private spaces, and they should remain that way. Granted the nature of the small kitchens can make them seen rather tight and hard to move around in, but that’s not so hard to fix really with some imaginative and inspired arrangement and perhaps adding in the small back porch space, or including the pantry space that would better serve by opening up into the kitchen space. I have seen numerous original floor plans where that would be easy to do and not injure the original sensibilities of the home.

Lynn July 22, 2012 at 8:52 am

Beautiful! I would love to move in right now. I like all of it.

Ricki Jill Treleaven July 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

They did a fantastic job with the kitchen and landscaping. I wonder if the walls are white, but they don’t appear white due to the time of day the photos were taken….hmmmm…..I don’t get the walls, either, but I do love the woodwork! It does look homey. I like it!

Amarins July 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

Wauw this a house i woudld love to life in. Can it be moved/ shipped to the Netherlands?!?!

Xenia July 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

This is a beautiful home. I love 1920.s bungalow style houses. All of the rooms look great the way they are but I would decorate it all in shabby chic if I owned it. O also prefer open shelving in kitchens.

Rachel Cagle July 22, 2012 at 9:15 am

I think that kitchen floor is BROWN and white… and you’re right– way too much brown for me, but I miss our craftsman house we used to own. The details are just to die for! Great find!

hookedonhouses July 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

Huh. Looked black and white on my monitor, but now that I’m sitting here with my reading glasses on and squinting at it, you might be right! Well, I’d prefer black and white, personally, but the checkerboard is still fun. :-)

Pam July 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

My kitchen floor is similar, but the dark tile is more of a rust and it can look brown in pictures. I don’t think it’s black and white though.

Lisa July 22, 2012 at 9:26 am

I’m drooling. That is one of THEE cutest homes I’ve seen in a long time. So beautifully nestled in the trees, too. And the inside did not disappoint. They definitely got a good stager for the sale. Thank you for showing it to us!!

Sabrina July 22, 2012 at 9:30 am

love bungalows and this one is gorgeous! I especially love the lush landscaping!

Razmataz July 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

I would paint all the woodwork and walls white….it’s well styled but a little too drab for me.

missy July 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

Love it! It’s a real house for real people. So cozy. Hoping they just took out the ‘pizzaz’ for pictures.

Christina from Dallas July 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

I love black and white checkboard kitchens too. In my old house I had one. When my sister came to visit she said “Oh look you only have to mop every other square”. Everytime after that when I was mopping, I thought of that and laughed. This house is really cute!

Denise Cosgrove July 22, 2012 at 9:41 am

Love the outside more than the inside! So charming! Do you have any idea what the exterior paint color is?

Margaret July 22, 2012 at 9:49 am

If the interior were as beautifully executed as the exterior, we wouldn’t be thinking that the rooms are kind of small, etc.

Just needs a little magic inside:-)

And we’d be thinking cute, cozy, romantic, snug, warm, toasty, welcoming, etc.

Donna July 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

Beautiful exterior and yard! Boy, would I love to get my hands on the interior…

Lesley @ The Design File July 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

I absolutely love this house. It’s just the kind of place I’d absolutely love to own. Yes, I’d decorate it a little differently – sleeker and with more color. But the bones of this house are really amazing. They did a great job restoring it.

Audrey July 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

I have mixed feelings about Spokane. So many things were aggravating about it: the poor layout of the city, the horrible roads, the lack of snow plowing, and the methamphetamine problem – to name a few. But, the houses on its South Hill (like this one) ALWAYS get me sentimental for my time there.

the house on ely July 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Audrey- I hear what you are saying……I moved to Spokane 12 years ago and I can see all of the wonderful things this place has going for it, so much potential, if only other people could see it. Not sure when you moved but the Perry district, garland area and even Hillyard are making improvements and becoming cool little neighborhoods(slowly). If only people around here would buy these homes and invest in them instead of making them rentals that get no love. Yes, so many beautiful homes with so much potential. Its great to see a house from Spokane on here.

CottageGirl July 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

“Charming” is the word, isn’t? I especially love the landscaping. So inviting ….

Great house!

Dina July 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

Love the front, but the inside had a little too much of a Sears/Ikea vibe .

JaneSusan July 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

Only $375,000?? I love it, but would definitely paint the woodwork (I don’t like wood trim) & add a lot of color.

Shabby Chick July 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Paint the woodwork??????? GULP. Better duck now…..

The Other Sue July 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I don’t mind if somebody ELSE paints the woodwork, but I’d have a hard time doing it myself. Except in that basement room. I couldn’t paint those knotty pine walls fast enough!

Cindy July 22, 2012 at 11:11 am

I love the exterior of this house – LOVE it! I’d prefer a lot less brown on the interior though. I wonder if they went with so much brown with resale/neutral decor in mind.

Laura July 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

Bungalows are my absolute favorite! Yes, maybe the neutrals are for resale. I love all of the woodwork – painting it would be a crime!! Love the arts & crafts furniture, too. I’d add color on the walls. I’d have preferred a red brick patio, but my main “bugaboo” is the can lights in the kitchen. Really hate those, especially in older houses.

julia sheets July 22, 2012 at 11:39 am

Love it!! I wouldn’t pick the neutrals either, but they really give a warm fuzzy feeling in this home, so i would keep them to save myself some work, the exterior of this home..i mean what can you say..perfection! the only problem i would have is baking in that stove, some skinny people must live here!!

paula soares July 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

It’s too “brown” for me in the inside but I vote YES for the landscaping and the front door..!

Melinda July 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

Love the exterior & landscaping! It’s a little neutral as far as the wall colors are concerned but I love the natural woodwork and floors. Arts and Craft bungalows are one of my favorite home styles and this one is a beauty.

Thanks Julia!

Karen July 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

This is a beautiful home and I love bungalows. The landscaping is gorgeous too. I don’t mind neutrals or even brown for that matter, but I would probably add more color and a sunroom would be lovely. Thank you for featuring it.

Sally July 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Gosh, this is beautiful! Love it! The woodwork is great, and the house has so much character!!!

Tracie July 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I love it…except for the beige aspect…. It almost looks staged to me with a lot of that furniture…but it would be simple to make that my “forever” house! That small bathroom is adorable, but would hard to live with, as a family. Oh well. It’s authentic, and the woodwork and exterior are lovely!

Rebecca C. July 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

So glad they either restored that woodwork or went with period reproductions. It looks wonderful. It does need a bit of color, but that’s an easy fix. I love how they decorated with the space they had. The landscaping is beautiful. What an amazing job they did.

Shabby Chick July 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Spectacular! I love everything. And I’m such a sucker for a checkerboard floor in the kitchen ;)

kasey July 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

sigh . . . I’m in love. Some accessories with color, or pictures on the wall, will relieve some of the overall beige/brown of everything. but I love the furniture in the front room. Not a fan of stove/oven in the island but given the kitchen size it seems the only option. This place is adorable and, the outdoor landscaping is fabulous. If I had the money, or you know lived anywhere near there or had a future job there, I would be buying this place. Well, after I made sure I could find a good, affordable landscape maintenance outfit as I have a black thumb.

Julianne July 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I love it all. My favorite is the brown wood sink cupboard in the kitchen, versus the white cupboards. That’s an awesome look. Really a darling house.

snaggy July 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I love everything wish we had houses like that in the UK : /

Spring July 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

*sigh* Right house, right state, right price, wrong city (we’re on the West side of WA).

*goes back to real estate sites*

I love bungalows.

Laurel @ SoPo Cottage July 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I love this bungalow!!! Of course I love everything Craftsman and they’ve done a great job of keeping craftsman details inside and out. The Stickley style furniture looks perfect. Thanks so much for sharing!

Shannon July 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Craftsman bungalows are wonderful. I love the exterior, I love the kitchen and bathroom floors, and I do love the walls in the basement; you could fix it up all 50′s log cabin style, with some Pendleton wool blankets and some cozy reading chairs. A little bar, maybe.
What I really don’t like are the colors in this house, and the staging. The colors are too bland, most of the furniture is all wrong and makes the house look dated, not vintage. No wonder people want to paint the woodwork white.
But a Craftsman house should never ever have its woodwork painted. People should be given a questionnaire at the door: “If you bought this house, would you paint the original wood?” If the answer is Yes, they don’t get to buy the house.

Brandy July 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I agree…to a point. Some Craftsmans had painted trim originally–to cover up inexpensive or less stylish wood trim. Just like today’s builders, trim was one of the first areas builders (or homeowners) cut back on and a nice coat of paint could make cheap wood trim look nicer. I wouldn’t touch the trim in this house, but in some others, I wouldn’t even hesitate to do so.

Hmm, am I the only person who likes the basement basically the way it is? I’d change the furnishing, but I find the real wood paneling cozy, especially for the Pacific Northwest.

Bluezette July 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I just read your post aloud and my boyfriend said, “I can’t believe you didn’t write that.” Though we have no plans to sell our 1924 bungalow with never-painted woodwork, I can’t bear the thought of passing it on to someone who might paint. The only solution in our case will be an estate sale. :)

Country Girl July 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

J’adore!

Sara July 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Why does Washington state seem to have the cutest, most well maintained Craftsman homes?

Shabby Chick July 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I think the pacific northwest’s woodsy setting is the perfect backdrop for a Craftsman!

Cindy July 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Now THIS is a house. Love. However, like you, I’d have to add a butt ton of color to the place. But the bones of it are outstanding.

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet July 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Lovely! Though I agree with you on the brown and beige…too boring for such a great house.

Karen July 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Just looked at the photo’s and the tour on the listing link and that provided a lot more detail of the rooms, including more color. The Stickley style furniture is a nice touch. Actually many of the details, including one of the bedspreads are Craftsman and true to that era. Really love this one. I would think it would be hard to leave this lovely home.

Kim July 23, 2012 at 12:22 am

What a gorgeous charming home. I love it, but like you Julia, I would have to add some color.

Mrs. D. July 23, 2012 at 6:54 am

Too much brown and too much wood. I do like the bathroom though with it’s color and it’s tile floor.

Baileywife July 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

ahh, I actually gasped and had to pull my chair closer to the computer screen. This home is perfection in my book! Cozy, serene, and beautifully done! I happen to LOVE brown and wood and tend to shy away from color also, so this would be perfect! :)
Thanks for sharing Julia! ~Kim

Erin July 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

Beautiful! In general, I do tend to find Craftsman homes a bit too masculine for my tastes (with all the dark wood), but I can see the beauty in the style, and in the Pacific Northwest I bet it would feel really cozy. I love the “retro” basement! It’s not something I would ever choose, but in this house it just looks cozy- like you are spending the summer at your grandparents’ cabin! I think they have done a lovely job restoring this one, and I could easily see myself moving right in!

Dawn July 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

I really love this cute little bungalow, but I’m not a fan of the dark wood trim. I’d be always itching to paint it all white and I know there are purist out there who would be horrified. So while I think cute, I’d probably have to pass.

Hamilton Realtor July 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

This really is the stereotypical good old American home.. Just looking at the front I could see my son coming home from school and the shots of the inside would go nicely with a fresh apple pie. All as part of some teen angst ridden movie about adventure in the neighbourhood.

Punkinbugg July 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

Some day before I die I hope to have a house where the fireplace is framed Crafstman-style with a pair of matching bookcases and windows. *sigh*

I love a checkered kitchen floor, but I disagree with the mondern range and cooktop in the center of the kitchen, with no vent hood. What’s up with that?

Marianne Bornhoft July 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I have been a REALTOR for over 17 years and it is rare to find a house that is in such good condition. The seller’s have spent 10 years fixing up the house. It was nothing like it is today. It does have the original hardwood floors, Gumwood trim and French doors. They decided to put an island with a downdraft stove to create a sense of openness and it works great for entertaining. There is actually a butler’s pantry that they opened to the kitchen. The house has a central hall that makes the floor plan a circle. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. There is an extra large main floor bedroom that they use as a den/family room. The second floor is the whole master suite with two closets and a dressing area. There is a special dog run, a wine/storage cellar, a formal living and dining as well as a huge laundry room. The corner lot yard has a gardeners delight with a patio area that has fountains, a raised bed garden and a 2 car garage. It is on a historic tree lined street that leads to Manito Park. The best part is that they actually live like this and didn’t stage it. The owner’s background is in planning and design and it certainly shows. I love it! Check out the virtual tour at http://www.tourfactory.com/876635

hookedonhouses July 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Love it! Thanks, Marianne!

Mike Woods from Indianapolis July 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Wow, that is a really gorgeous bungalow! Love those hardwoods. Great curb appeal.

Lola G. July 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Love the exterior and the property, but I’m not liking the kitchen or the basement. I’m off to check out the virtual tour!

Laura Roberson July 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

So cute I had to feature this on my blog! I also tracked down some more adorable cottages currently on the market: http://crackerjack23.blogspot.com/2012/07/5-cottages-for-sale-across-country.html

hookedonhouses July 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Love the cottages you featured, Laura–thanks! :)

amanda July 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Beautiful house! It looks like that imaginary perfect movie house that doesn’t really exist in the first pic. It’s probably good that the walls are neutral since they are selling, but there’s a little too much brown/tan going on, I would definitely add some color to those walls. The kitchen looks great, I actually think the brown and white checkers work well with the room’s colors and it’s very warm. It’s been updated, but fits the home’s style.

Mark July 26, 2012 at 8:08 am

What a great house. I am not always a fan of natural woodwork, but this house it looks good.. I think the walls and furniture could use some color. I also like the basement. It’s not some generic redo of a basement. The house has character .

APB July 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

It needs MORE wood. I’d add matching wainscoting, which was probably in some of the rooms once. I’d also get rid of the modern elements of the kitchen, like the recessed lighting and that awful island, and replace the current cabinets with reclaimed pantry one, with wood countertops. If you don’t like brown or wood, this is not the house for you! Painting this woodwork would be a crime! And yes, the patio should have been brick, or slate.

residences-chiangmai August 7, 2012 at 2:08 am

Lovely beautiful house. I love the plan and the landscape. I like the natural wood furniture and the decorations but if it was my house I would add more color in it. I would prefer a house in a bit ore colorful in modern style rather than a classic one. By the way, good job.

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