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Pristine, upscale midcentury soaks in plenty of light

By January 27, 2020

Bellevue, Houses

12839 SE 45th Place in Bellevue is a beautiful example of a classic Pacific Northwest midcentury modern home, but it really shines with its airy, open design. It goes beyond the usual wall of glass: Larger-than-life clerestory windows and carefully placed skylights in the sloping roof bring in natural light from multiple directions.

The 1964 floorplan remains intact. A semi-open circle of living room, dining room, and generous eat-in kitchen—plus three of the home’s five bedrooms—get warmth from a gentle low-vault ceiling with exposed-wood beams. Below, a daylight basement holds a den with built-in office, two more bedrooms, and multiple utility rooms.

That light touch preserves a playful interface between indoors and out. A secluded hot tub courtyard, covered by a kind of extension of the ceiling vault, creates a second loop from the master bedroom to a den off the kitchen. There’s a central staircase between the two levels, or a stair climb from lower courtyard to the west-facing view porch off the living room. It makes the outdoor spaces less an amenity and more part of the circuitry.

Bonus: It’s just one of 11 homes in the Gayland Place subdivision, with access to a community clubhouse, pool, and sports courts.

Listed by John Kristonis and Karl Lindor • Windermere | Priced at $1.49 million

Sarah is a contributing writer to Urban Living. She can’t sell you a house, but she’ll talk about them for as long as anybody will listen.

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