Another piece of Seattle history is listed on Queen Anne Hill, and it even comes with a name: The Riddle-Irwin House.
The house was designed in 1899 for attorney Charles A. Riddle by Edwin W. Houghton, a prominent architect in early Seattle and responsible for many major buildings around the turn of the century. (Remaining works include the Moore Theater and Hotel.)
According to the City of Seattle’s Historical Sites archive, the Riddle-Irwin home is “considered the city’s finest example of the Shingle style,” or a house distinguished by its rounded forms, smoothly covered with wood shingles, making the cladding an organic skin.
According to broker Jeri Smith, its timeless charm is matched by the timeless updates that keep this house feeling modern and cozy without sacrificing its grandiose nature.
The 2004 restoration added oak floors with special details (like a bow-tie inlay) and a master suite, complete with master bath and soaking tub that has a prime view of that iconic, definitive view of downtown.
That view is a feature that the whole house is built on. Smith says it never stops being awesome.
“It’s just one of the prettiest views I’ve ever seen,” Smith said. “It’s got two huge balconies that run the whole length of the first floor and the second floor, and generally every room in the house has a view … it’s pretty unbelievable.”
You can see it from the decks and the tub, of course, but that skyline is also visible from most of the six bedrooms, as well as the downstairs movie theater. But don’t worry: With the click of a button you can draw the blackout shades, while also opening up the draperies on the movie screen much like Majestic Bay’s iconic Ballard theater.
It’s those touches that – even after 117 years – make this feel like a home above all else.
“It has a very comfortable feeling,” Smith said. “It’s not ostentatious-feeling inside. It really feels like a house you could use, and live in, and be comfortable.”
Click through the photos below to see all the stunning features of the house. It’s listed for $7,800,000, and you can see the full listing here.
Seattle PI | August 2017