Live in Seattle scion Charles Osler’s historic Madrona home for $2.2M

Written by MLHA Team

November 23, 2021

The 1920s-era, timbered European farmhouse-style custom home is 3,940 square feet.

This gorgeous 1920s home is perched on a hillside in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood, looking out over Lake Washington. Such a notable abode befits the man it was built for: 614 35th Avenue was commissioned by Charles Osler.

Osler’s own history enjoys both fame and infamy. He was considered a “pillar of Gold Rush-era Seattle,” active in the rapidly changing commercial landscape of the city. He was also second owner of the Merchant’s Cafe in Pioneer Square. According to Pioneer Square website, Osler purchased the building after the Great Seattle Fire. 

Charles Osler, the new owner, recognized how lucrative prostitution was in a town full of lumberjacks and gold miners and so imported women (discreetly called, “seamstresses”) into Seattle. At the back of the saloon were a number of framed paintings of these “seamstresses” and it is reported that a visitor would point to the one he wanted to have “hem” his trousers, and then pay the proprietor before making his way upstairs to have his inseam taken in.

A successful entrepreneur, Osler commissioned this multi-level home in 1927, and details from that period are still present. The home has also been modernized, notable especially in the chef-worthy kitchen and luxurious bathrooms, as well as the possibility of creating a separate accessory dwelling units (ADUs) within the home. 

All of this history sits on a lush 5,000-square-foot lot, just three miles from downtown Seattle. 

Take a tour of this historic home, asking $2.195 million, by scrolling down. 

A fireplace warms the home’s living room. 

There are myriad windows looking toward Lake Washington. 

The kitchen is spacious and modern. 

Outside dining, looking back at the home’s brick facade, makes for a dramatic setting. 

An outdoor fireplace awaits for enjoying the large property. 

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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