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Ultra-polished midcentury on Lake Sammamish waterfront is all windows

Houses, Issaquah

While 18184 SE 41st Place in Issaquah has the sheen of new construction, this glass box along Lake Sammamish shoreline is an honest-to-goodness 1963 International Style home. Every single wall is more window than anything else, making the house almost transparent in places—most notably in the two-story great room peering over the water. If these clean, metal lines weren’t space-age enough, a freestanding Malm fireplace anchors the room, stretching all the way up to the ceiling.

It’s details like this that make it clear it was remodeled by someone with a passion for midcentury design. The warmer elements of the era are here, too: Most of the bedrooms have a much cozier exposed-beam, wood-grain ceiling. One even uses Sh?ji screens to draw in some extra light from the living room.

While the home is stunning on its own, the design is clearly in service of the lakeside setting, to give most rooms a sense of open air. A shallow U-shape helps accomplish this: While the fireside area is closest to the private 50 feet of waterfront, rooms in the far wing still can look right through a courtyard and glass walls to the lake.

Listed by Karl Lindor and John Kritsonis, Windermere | Priced at $3.38 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.