Beachfront midcentury designed by famed Seattle architect asks $1.8M

Written by MLHA Team

October 4, 2021

The home rests on a 6,723-square-foot lot in Seattle’s North Beach neighborhood.

This midcentury modern abode nestled in Seattle’s North Beach neighborhood was designed and built in 1955 by Paul Thiry. And now it could be yours for $1,788,200. 

Paul Thiry, most active between the late 1930s and the mid 1970s, is credited as a founder of architectural modernism in the Pacific Northwest. He collaborated on projects for Seattle’s World’s Fair (including working with John Graham Jr. on the Space Needle). Thiry himself designed the Washington State Pavilion for the fair, a building Seattleites now know as the Climate Pledge Arena. Thiry also contributed to the Museum of History and Industry, the Frye Art Museum, the Washington State Library in Olympia, and numerous other architecturally significant buildings throughout the Pacific Northwest and the world. 

This home at 3272 N.W. Esplanade exemplifies some of the modern ingenuity that made Thiry’s designs influential. The linear angles of the living room, for example, create what is effectively an over-sized frame for the beauty of the setting. A wall of windows looks directly out upon the water. There’s also a two-side hearth anchoring and warming the space. 

The home has updated through the decades, and now includes an impressive kitchen for today’s chef as well as a large patio with fireplace, and a detached studio/office/gym. The home is rated 90% high efficiency, making it a green option for today’s ecologically-minded buyers. 

Views from every room capture the Sound and the mountains beyond, with a 120-foot beach as the closest neighbor. 

Scroll down to take a tour. 

The home is 2,340 square feet, with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. 

Inside, the design allows the exterior majesty to blend into the interior. 

The view of Puget Sound is unobstructed.

This floor features an open flow with living room/kitchen/dining room each leading to the other. 

The dining room looks out on the patio, which it turns looks out on the water. 

Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert.

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