This Bellevue, Washington midcentury time capsule hits the market for first time since 1955

Written by MLHA Team

November 23, 2021

The home, offering four bedrooms and two bathrooms, has classic midcentury modern lines. 

When 3739 139th Ave. in Bellevue, Washington, was built, times were very different.

The plot of land was bare, and to the eyes of one milkman employed by the Foremost McKesson Dairy, it seemed the perfect spot to build a home. That home has been in the same family since it was built in 1955 — on the market now for the first time ever, asking $995,000.

The home is 1,520 square feet, modest perhaps by today’s standards, but spacious enough for a growing family. Kerry Matthews, whose father was that milkman, told the SeattlePI that she and her brother enjoyed an idyllic childhood here. “[My father] moved to Bellevue in May of 1955, purchased the plot and was able to choose which features went into the house,” Kerry Matthews said. 

“My grandmother lived with him for a few years. In 1958 he married my mom, and she moved in. My brother and I were born a few years later and spent our youth growing up in a neighborhood filled with friends — many of which we are still in contact with. We all walked to school together, played baseball in the street, sledded down the big hill in winter while my mom and dad served hot cocoa to all the kids at the bottom. We celebrated holidays as a neighborhood and enjoyed playing in each other’s houses and yards.”

The home has much of its original midcentury charm, particularly in the angular living room, anchored by a floor-to-ceiling, original brick fireplace. In the mid-50s when the house was being built, the builder proposed an particular feature for this fireplace: “The developer wanted $35 extra dollars to put in a barbecue in the fireplace, but he wouldn’t pay for it. He was so very house proud.”

This historic home rests on a 8,370-square-foot lot, close to all popular Bellevue amenities, including, in the future, the East Link light rail extension. 

Take a tour, and trip back in time, by scrolling down. 

This is how the home looked in 1955, very much as it looks today. Photo courtesy of Kerry Matthews. 

Step inside, and step back in time. 

The home still has its original feel, but has also been updated. Floor to ceiling glass lets the outside foliage become part of the interior. 

There is an open floor plan anchored by the hearth. 

A dining area flows from the kitchen and living spaces. 

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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