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Private, brookside midcentury home in University Place

Houses, Tacoma

A serene midcentury retreat nestled among ferns, 3723 Brookside Way W in University Place is on the market. Exceptionally private, the architecturally pure three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence is cleverly situated on a verdant half acre between a babbling brook and an elevated lawn. Built in 1955, the 2,021-square-foot home was designed by and for James Petrich, a Tacoma native and self-taught architect.

Located in the Sunset Beach neighborhood, the home feels a world away from bustling downtown Tacoma—but it’s just a 20 minute drive from there. Past the moated entry, the expansive yard is organized into multiple tiers of sun-dappled outdoor terraces, gardens and patios for living and entertaining.

Inside the home, classic post-and-beam construction creates open, airy interior spaces throughout—an elevated use of humble materials. With the exception of the split-level sunken den, the home is laid out across one level to suit a variety of lifestyles. The master bedroom is cozy and private, with direct access to a hot tub just outside on a discrete corner of the patio. Residents can peacefully work from home, too, cocooned by soothing greenery and blissful quiet.

Listed by Edward Krigsman, Windermere Real Estate Co. | Listed at $747,000