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Midcentury masterpiece in Burien with mountain, water views

Burien, Houses

Built in 1963, Burien’s 12827 Shorecrest Dr. SW is an architectural gem with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Designed by famed local architect Ralph Anderson, the home brings western Washington’s natural beauty right to your doorstep. From giant banks of west-facing windows to a sizable deck that’s ready to entertain, the home revolves around its proximity to the outdoors and its expansive water, mountain and territorial views.

Throughout the home, Anderson’s signature design style lives on. Just inside, a wall of glass provides immediate visual access to a tranquil garden and pond. Leveraging materials from Pacific Northwest forests, the home features natural finishes, vaulted clear fir ceilings, wood beams and custom hand rails. In the kitchen, a gas range sits atop an eat-in island. Elsewhere in the room, there’s a wet bar, wine fridge and fireplace. In the adjoining living room, a bank of west-facing windows is deep-set, allowing for a cozy, functional bay setup. Upstairs, the primary suite sits under a beautiful, vaulted roof and overlooks Puget Sound. A home office down the hall offers similar views, plus a private deck.

Anderson was known as “the father of Pioneer Square,” having kickstarted the revitalization of that neighborhood in the 1960s. He was a protégé of Paul Hayden Kirk, another prolific Seattle architect, and helped establish the Northwest Style of modernist architecture. Over the years, Anderson restored historically significant buildings across the region, as well as designing, building and remodeling residential properties.

Listed by Diane Ellis, Coldwell Banker Danforth | Listed at $1,595,000