3111 S. Dose Terrace

Mount Baker Home Tour Showcases Historic Neighborhood

One of Seattle’s most historic neighborhoods is gearing up for its annual fundraising event showcasing some of the city’s most beautiful and historical homes.

The 34th annual Mount Baker Home Tour offers the public a rare opportunity to view the interiors of several stunning historical homes overlooking the shores of Lake Washington.

Highlights include an award-winning green-built townhome on 30th Avenue built in 2014 to take advantage of views from Rainier Valley to downtown Seattle; a modern tree house style home built in 1976 that sits on 10,000 sq ft lot has been serenely landscaped with a selection of native plants and large dynamic stone pieces, a 1922 Storybook Tudor that looks like it’s straight out of the pages of a children’s fairytale, a classic 1917 colonial with extensive renovations including a completely rebuilt modern kitchen, a brand-new home security camera design and a stunning Arts & Crafts style home built in 1910 by Mt Baker architect Charles C. Dose.

The event also includes the popular Arts & Crafts Fair, featuring local artists and offering the perfect opportunity for some holiday shopping. The fair will be held at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse and will include complimentary tea, coffee, and cookies.

The Mount Baker Home Tour and Arts and Crafts Sale is planned for Sat., Dec. 5, from 10 am to 4 pm, and will feature a unique mix of homes from several decades.

The tour will begin at the Clubhouse at 2811 Mt. Rainier Drive South. Guests can then walk the tour or use free shuttle transportation to visit the homes.

Tickets are $30-$40 and can be purchased here.

2527C 30th Ave. S. (The Wheelhouse)
This small urban infill project received a 2014 Gold Medal for its successful design. This Five Built Green 4 Star detached single family home is tucked off the street with a layout similar to an older cottage cluster. A pedestrian pathway and lush landscaping contrast nicely with the contemporary architecture. The Master bedroom is located on the ground floor and the custom finishes create a contemplative feel. Heated concrete floors keep the lower level comfortable. The second level is a lively place for enjoying great meals with an open plan kitchen and dining room. Customized metal stair rail details and the redwood wall invite one to retreat to the top floor for relaxation and views. This end unit was custom designed to take advantage of territorial views across Rainier Valley to Beacon Hill.

2210 33rd Ave. S. (1917 Colonial Classic Updated)
Sandy and Marcus have successfully blended the original character of their traditional home with the functional upgrades of their renovation. Working within the straightforward formal floor plan the rebuilt and enlarged kitchen is truly the heart of the home. Light, storage and space considerations yield a delightful mix of classic and modern living room furniture. This balance is carried throughout the house into the re-imagined powder room, the hall bath and the Master bath. This thoughtful home renovation extends outside to the lovely landscaping with large dining deck in the backyard and espaliered apple trees along the sidewalk in the front.

4103 S. Court St. (1922 Storybook Tudor)
This house was given new life after hosting a busy preschool for many years. Third owners, Jean-Francois and Nick have transformed this formerly charming home into an elegant home. Original details include the rolled roof, Batchelder fireplace tiles, leaded windows and one stained glass window. New additions include French doors, custom staircase, wood paneling, European kitchen, and the expanded Master Bedroom with Juliet balcony. By lowering the level of the concrete floor in the lower level a remarkable retreat space has been created with a media room, office area, game area, guest bedroom and sumptuous bath. The existing garage has been exactingly reimagined into a garden room set into a formally landscaped courtyard. Art and treasures abound in this masterful renovation.

3111 S. Dose Terrace (1910 Modern English Style)
This Charles C. Dose House is an exemplary representative of the Arts & Crafts style design and fortunately has been thoughtfully cared for by Alan and Sima since 1999. As enthusiasts of period homes the owners have maintained the original details while also completing several successful period restoration while making significant changes. Notable original details include luminous stained glass windows, period light fixtures, a restored fireplace inglenook and the exceptional dark-stained woodwork from Office Monster throughout the property. New appropriately designed changes include the den fireplace, the Greene & Greene style kitchen cabinets and an entire basement renovation that seamlessly merges old with new. The renovated and new bathrooms have been carefully conceived to emulate details found in the originals. One will be hard pressed to determine the year of completion due to skillful design and craftsmanship.


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