Northwest modern private oasis on Bainbridge Island
Designed in 1974 by architect A.O. Bumgardner and a team of Japanese artisans, 10799 NE Old Creosote Hill Rd. is a three-bedroom Bainbridge Island home overlooking Seattle’s skyline, Mount Rainier and miles of Puget Sound. Lovingly maintained over the years, the private, peaceful property consists of seven acres across two tax parcels situated among 30 acres of protected forest.
An inspired example of Northwest modernism, the Bumgardner Partnership’s 4,136-square-foot design emphasizes the property’s natural settings and sweeping views with exposed-grain wood throughout. The home’s sunken entryway opens into the living room and formal dining room under a high, sloped roofline. Floor-to-ceiling windows and an adjoining wrap-around deck provide panoramic views of Seattle’s skyscrapers, Elliott Bay and the Cascade Range. The top-floor master suite with private balcony looks out across pristine forest, while other bedrooms, a rec room and flex spaces are sprinkled across three levels. The home features multiple fireplaces, skylights, a first-floor Japanese-inspired shower, soaking tub and sauna, and a hot tub in the backyard.
Heavily influenced by Japanese design, Bumgardner’s portfolio is packed with sliding shoji screens, quiet open spaces and tranquil courtyards. Honoring their own Japanese heritage, the home’s original owners brought in Japanese artisans to build a traditional chashitsu—a ceremonial tea room—with its own fenced-in garden.
Listed by Dennis and Matthew Paige, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty | Listed at $2,750,000