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A modern home with midcentury bones

By February 8, 2020

Houses, Mercer Island

2434 64th Ave SE on Mercer Island blends the old and new, keeping the shape of a sleek 1958 home and adapting it to current trends and finishes. While it certainly wasn’t remodeled with a light touch, it doesn’t feel gutted—just cut out and colored in a little differently. It helps that it still has a classic split-level floorplan, and updates to the brick-and-wood-panel entryway feel more like maintenance than remodel.

The updates are most dramatic in the living room. The kitchen has been opened up, and the addition of recessed lighting and stark white walls feel more contemporary. But it still clearly started from a midcentury template: The floor layout runs in a circle around a dividing wall, and the simple brick fireplace and bench is still the living area’s anchor.

The den downstairs nods a little more to its original build. The white-brick fireplace continues down here from the upper level, and exposed-beam ceilings warm the room up over the concrete floors.

One of the better midcentury features that’s still in shape today: a wide balcony running along one edge of the living area, complete with views of downtown Seattle.

Listed by Deirdre Doyle • Windermere | Priced at $1.39 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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