Preserved midcentury modern in Burien, Washington offers a first class trip back to 1955

Written by MLHA Team

August 14, 2021

At sunset, the home is a glowing vintage masterpiece.

 

With its many windows framing Puget Sound, this midcentury modern looks just as it must have in 1955, when it was built near the water in Burien, Washington

“The minute you walk in the home you feel like being back to the 1950s,” said listing agent, Veronique Hval.

The home was partially built by the only family that has ever owned it. It was inspired by a home the young couple/future first owners saw for sale on Mercer Island. But this couple much preferred a location in Burien for the father of the family’s commute to Boeing in Renton. The couple bought the plans to the house, reconfiguring them to add a basement and reverse the floor plan, and then found a lot at 2640 S.W. 167th St. for building. 

“They were the second house to build on the street and the lot cost $4,000. Mom said they wanted to buy waterfront, but that cost $6,000, and they couldn’t afford it,” one of the couple’s sons told the Seattle P-I. “The house cost $23,000 to build and Mom and Dad did much of the work themselves to save money. They planned to finish the basement themselves, but I image three boys, many dogs, boats and camping got in the way.”

Offering 1,500 square feet, the home — thanks to its clever midcentury design elements — feels much larger; and the basement, still awaiting finishing, is a blank canvas.

The home has never before been on the market. You could be the second-ever owner, for $995,000. Scroll down to take a tour.

The wood slatted screen is a classic divider for rooms in midcentury homes, creating distinct spaces without the need for a full wall.

 

A classic midcentury entry hall, with stone and wood creating a kind of magic: cool in summer and warm in winter.

 

A deck awaits for an even closer look at that view.

 

The living room showcases the midcentury angles and generous use of glass to let in the view.

 

Hard to believe the home is only 1,500 square feet.

Here’s a 1955 kitchen, ready for life in 2021.

 

The dining area has a stunning water view.

 

Here we can appreciate the open flow, made golden by the wood’s tones. 

A dining nook looks directly out on the Sound.

 

Open beams create a sense of angular drama.

 

The home’s design blurs the lines between inside and outside.

 

There are three bedrooms in the home.

 

The unfinished basement does have some finished features.

There’s also that same view in the basement, which means finishing it is really going to be worth the effort.

As are many midcentury homes, this one is built to create a courtyard for the property.

 

The view of the water and mountains beyond is truly breathtaking.

 

Unbelievably, downtown Seattle is less than 30 minutes away.

 

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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