Queen Anne home offers Italian style and design with Space Needle views
Seattle-area restaurateur Mike McConnell’s appreciation for Italian culture and culinary traditions is apparent in his work. In 1995, he founded Caffe Vita, a coffee shop and roastery whose iconic logo features a Punchinello clown. Among his other ventures, McConnell also founded Via Tribunali, a local Neapolitan pizzeria, in 2004.
McConnell’s reverence for Italy goes beyond food and drink. He and his wife Liz thoughtfully—and boldly—reimagined their 1923 classic house to incorporate elements of Italian style. Now on the market, the ornate villa-like home in Queen Anne offers four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and nearly 3,500 square feet.
Throughout the property, high-end lighting and marble selections have been meticulously paired with modern Italian style and design. Other highlights include a gourmet kitchen, a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of downtown and a fitness room and sauna.
On the home’s main floor, flocked wallpaper covers the living and dining room walls. Crown molding traces the edge of each space and built-in shelves, all black, flank the marble-covered fireplace. An arched doorway leads into the chef’s kitchen, complete with a gas range and a section of antique, wood-carved cabinetry. A garage-style door opens onto one of the home’s two patios.
Three bedrooms, including the master suite, are upstairs. The master closet conceals a spiral staircase leading to the home’s highest vantage point and best city views. The lower-level includes a bedroom, a bathroom with soaking tub and colorful floor-to-ceiling tile and workout space and sauna.
Listed by Samuel Cunningham and Amanda Schmidt, Compass Washington | Listed at $2,975,000