An Updated “Capitol Hill Classic” For Sale in Seattle

by hookedonhouses on September 4, 2013

Capitol Hill Seattle house for sale E Ward

This house was built in 1906 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and looks like the Classic American Family Home to me — although the truth is, despite what we see in movies and TV shows, few of us actually live in houses like this, do we? (I wish!) It’s been restored and redecorated, so let’s take a look around.

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The listing agent says: “Recently showcased as the cover story in noted Luxe Interiors + Design mag as the Comeback Kid, this 1906 Capitol Hill classic was exquisitely restored to create lively, livable spaces for everyone.”

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It sits a block away from Volunteer Park and Millionaire Row.

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This photo was also included in the listing and appears to be a “before” shot of the same living room above:

before photo of living room

It’s interesting to see the changes they made. It’s a bit more glamorous now. I’m glad they kept the original light fixture — love it:

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This looks like another “before” photo of the entry, without the bench and with a more traditional rug:

entry hall before

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The house has 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 5,100 square feet.

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How fabulous would it be to grow up in a bedroom like this with a sunroom off it?

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Check out this playhouse in the basement. My daughter would flip:

playhouse in the basement

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I’m really loving the look of wood countertops on kitchen islands. If I ever get around to remodeling my kitchen, this is on my list of things I’d like to have:

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The listing says: “New Chef’s Kitchen with custom cabinets is the center of the house with new Viking, Sub-Zero, Miele appliances and Carrera marble counters and backsplashes and custom walnut butcher block island.”

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Want it? Asking price is $2,325,000. For more photos and information, check the Windermere listing. (Thanks to Kim for telling me about it!)

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I found this old postcard of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle taken around the time this house was built in the early 1900s and thought it was so cool. Can’t you picture this house sitting alongside the others in the photo?

Seattle_Capitol_Hill_postcard from 1917

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Lynn September 4, 2013 at 7:44 am

Is it awful that I like the before photos more than the renovated photos? :) The colors were just so warm and inviting! Although that bathroom (the one with the old tan/green tile) and kitchen are spectacular!!!!

Mandy September 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

WOW! Beautiful! So much fabulousness under one roof! And the bedroom with the sunroom … LOVE! Thanks for sharing.

bermudaonion (Kathy) September 4, 2013 at 8:08 am

I love it!

Anne September 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

Although I appreciate the warmth of the ‘before’ photos, I appreciate the lighter colours too. I have a small Arts & Crafts (1100 sq feet) and seriously debating about painting it white. It’s so clean and scultural looking – and lovely whatever colour the owners choose.

AshleyM September 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

I don’t think I have ever commented though I do love your blog. I had to comment today to say WOW. Not so much wow at the house, though it is beautiful, but wow at the picture of the neighborhood in the early 1900s. Seeing the picture really brings to mind how different times were and how grand houses were. I know there were also ghettos then or at least poorer areas with tiny houses, but seeing a picture of that grand neighborhood is pretty awesome. Thanks for digging it up!

hookedonhouses September 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

Isn’t that cool? I love old postcards and photos of houses!

Alie B September 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I too love the old pic, Julia. Thanks for including this. Beautiful home, but I agree with some others; I really liked the home before the renos.

Luciane at September 4, 2013 at 8:46 am

Oh, Julia… this one is perfect! I really love this one! So much charm and what to say about that kitchen???

Thanks for the “dream of the day”!!! :-)


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Rachel September 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

i recognized this house right away! i used to live next door! if fact, i can see the house i lived in through the windows of these photos. :) i LOVED living in this neighborhood…amazing houses everywhere you look!

hookedonhouses September 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

No way! What a small world. :)

Linda September 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

I agree! The houses are spectacular. I used to live in an apt. on Capitol Hill and loved to take walks through this neighborhood. One of the prettiest I’ve ever seen!

Nancy Hood September 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Oh, I am so envious!! This area looks amazing, not to mention I’ve always thought the state of Washington had to be gorgeous. Never been there – not yet, anyway :)

Susan September 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

Beautiful moldings and trim throughout. Love that kitchen! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Laura September 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

I’m in the camp that prefers the before pictures too. It just seemed more warm and inviting. I’ll always like oriental rugs better than the type they have now. Spectacular bathroom!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti September 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

What a gorgeous home! It reminded me of many that were in the Victorian neighborhoods of Ditmas Park and Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY.

Catherine September 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

Wowsers!! Just gorgeous. I could move in right now!

House Crazy Sarah September 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

It is lovely – but I see a lot of woodwork painted white! boo-hoo!

Mike September 4, 2013 at 11:09 am

I am in love with that master bath and walk-in closet. I can haz?

Beverly September 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

I’ll take one, please! Love everything about it.

Caron White September 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

Isn’t it funny – I haven’t had any time to read blog posts in the past several months, and I stumbled on yours today… just as we are considering moving home to Seattle after spending the last 3.5 years in San Francisco. Such a difficult decision – beautiful homes (like this one – WOW!) in both cities.

hookedonhouses September 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

Sounds like a sign to me, Caron! :) They really do have more than their fair share of beautiful houses in both cities. Good luck with your decision!

snaggy September 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

Want it !

Teresa September 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

LOVE! I also like some of the before rooms but would take either way! love the master bathroom and kitchen!!!!!

Nancy Hood September 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Oh.My!! I love this!! I love everything about it!!! The gray color that seemed to follow was clean and classic looking. Fell in love with the bedrooms and baths shown! In fact, I hated knowing that there wouldn’t be enough photos of everything I wanted to see :) Love this house.

Leslie September 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

This home is so gorgeous–I am in deep love with the fireplace in the living room and that bedroom with attached sunroom. Swoon…

I think that a wood countertop on an island without a sink would be great. We have butcher block countertops in the kitchen in our new house. We love the look, but I think the maintenance around the sink is going to be fussy. Not to mention around the coffeemaker, crockpot, etc. We shall see.

We moved into our new house two weeks ago and stuff is still everywhere. Thanks for providing an inspirational break from all the craziness.

Nancy Hood September 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm
hookedonhouses September 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Thanks, Nancy! :)

Christina from Dallas September 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Love this one. So elegant but not too over the top.

Frances in England September 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Wow. I absolutely love the bones of it (the actual decor, not so much – not my style, esp the kitchen). But the potential is mouthwatering.

My initial reaction to “How fabulous would it be to grow up in a bedroom like this with a sunroom off it?” was: I’d never leave. Ever. My parents would never be able to kick me out.

Then I realised that actually I’m a grown adult who doesn’t live with her parents but owns her own house. And has done for *ahem* a while.

I think perhaps it is just such a ‘grown up’ house I don’t see myself as ‘grown up’ enough to own it. Live in it and get yelled at for putting fingermarks on the woodwork yes, own it no.

Alas there is also the money issue. Neither I nor my parents could pull that off. But ooooh it’s beautiful!!

Julie M. September 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Capitol hill has so many beautiful old houses, and now…bigger trees!!


Julie M.

Sharrieboberry September 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

What a lovely, lovely home. It is quite big! Five bathrooms! wow.

Julia September 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Beautiful, big but very homey. Lots to love. I really love the wallpaper in the dining room and I am not typically a wallpaper person! Thanks once again for finding a treasure to share.

Screendoorgirl 3 September 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Wow! What a beauty. That sun room is amazing. That and the kitchen were my fave–Really special, thanks!

Robin September 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

5100 square feet! The exterior and (most) of the interior is spot-on. So pretty!

Tracie September 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Is this house single, cause I want to marry it.

Kennan Rhodes September 5, 2013 at 12:03 am

Awesome! It’s so beautiful. All rooms are nicely decorated. Kitchen is really good and kids room is eye catching. I really want to own it. Love this home. Thanks for share.

Kim September 5, 2013 at 1:49 am

You’re Welcome! I love that bedroom with the sunroom. It’s my favorite room in the whole house. I could see myself sitting in the sunroom all day and having the windows opened in the summer time.

Esther George September 5, 2013 at 1:56 am

Hi Julia I’m sorry to say not all of us live in a place like this, but there is always the IDEA! I keep looking and looking can’t find anything that I don’t love about this home, I just don’t have $2mil US to spare our $ has dropped against the US$, we had it good for a while. This was lovely thank you for sharing. Regards Esther from Sydney.

Helen G. Dickerson September 5, 2013 at 3:54 am

I would say this is a great home to live. I wish we have that kind of house in Aruba. Gorgeous home!

Carolyn September 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

Gorgeous! Very well done, and those professional photos make all the difference, don’t they? I LOVE the bedroom with the sun porch off of it and the window seat with book shelves either side. That would be a dream, but I’d want it looking out into treetops or a long view of mountains or sea, not a small city yard. If I’m going to dream, I might as well take it all the way :-).

stacia September 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

if you had to guess what would color are the folded bath towels in the white bathroom?

Lane September 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

The house is amazing…although I feel like the furniture in the after shot of the living room was photoshopped in….just looks odd to me…

Karen September 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Lovely home–quite tasteful and elegant. I like the old postcard too.

Kelly - Talk of the House September 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I LOVE that kitchen! I was ooohing and aaaaahing over it when I noticed the long light fixture over the island is just like mine (except mine is antique brass.) Guess that was part of why I loved that kitchen!

Gur September 11, 2013 at 12:10 am

If only I had the $2.35M to spare, this could tempt me to return back to the old stomping grounds. I love how the palette and decor has been updated but any structural changes are invisible (or non-existent). Although some may not like the painted out trim, I like it and it seems to be pretty typical in the neighborhood.

Besides the beautiful house and lovely residential neighborhood, the water and (huge) nearby parks, what you may not realize is that this home is a short distance away from skyscrapers, shops, restaurants, theaters and businesses of downtown Seattle. (To put in terms some may appreciate, just 2 miles away is Nordstrom’s big flagship store. Or for others with different interests, this is located in one of Seattle’s most artsiest and eclectic neighborhoods).

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