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A Midcentury Home With a Shiny Modern Makeover

By January 17, 2020

Houses, West Seattle

Careful maintenance and tasteful updates help 4046 SW Henderson St seamlessly bridge the gap between modern design of the 1950s and today. At first glance, it looks like new construction, but on a closer look the sleek-but-cozy layout from the original 1951 build start to emerge—even if the brick fireplaces don’t tip you off.

The design has been elevated with new finishes in a 2016 remodel, but custom teak cabinetry and other accents pay homage to the Northwest midcentury aesthetic. In the living room, a functional wood-grain wood divider is a mainstay of older modern design, but has been upgraded to hold a television of today. A dropped wood ceiling visually separates the dining area next to a more contemporary open kitchen and staircase. The classic basement-rambler design—which draws the biggest views from the hillside setting—has been augmented with a second-story addition, home of a master suite with big Puget Sound views.

In another bridge between new and old Seattle, the home’s brand-new landscaping was completed by Kubota Gardens—now run by the grandson of legendary landscape artist Fujitaro Kubota.

Bonus: The basement is currently home to a vintage arcade.

Listed by Klaus Gosma • Redfin Corp. | Priced at $1.7 million.

Sarah was a contributing writer to Urban Living. She can’t sell you a house (but Matt and team can!), but she’ll talk about them for as long as anybody will listen.