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House of the Week: Mid-Century Classic in Bothell, WA

Erika Riggs
January 2, 2013

18918 Ross Rd, Bothell WA
For sale: $495,000

A green two-parcel property in the Seattle suburban town of Bothell would be a perfect place to stick in a few new homes. Just shy of an acre, the lot is located minutes from downtown Bothell, an area set to begin a major revitalization.

But what’s better than building four new houses on the property is maintaining the current home located there, says Seattle real estate agent Patty Allen of Windermere.

Immersed among the greenery is an original mid-century home constructed in 1955 that Allen describes as an “architectural treasure.”

The home was designed for a local couple by Myer Wolfe, a former dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington.

“The couple had the home built on the property back then and lived there all their lives,” Allen said. “The house is absolutely original and still timeless. It’s small, but it was just for the two of them.”

The home is filled with details that home buyers still clamor for: cork floors, copper surrounds in the bathroom and stainless steel counters. Built-ins, including a dining room table that folds into the wall, as well as an open floor plan that expands the feeling of the home’s 980 square feet are additional features.

“We’re hoping someone will buy it and love it just the way it is,” explained Allen. “We’ve had builders who have wanted to flatten it and build four houses on it, but we want to avoid that. We want someone who will love it because it’s timeless, a treasure.”

The 1-bedroom, 1-bath home also has a den, full deck and garden.

According to Zillow’s mortgage calculator, a monthly payment would be $1,721, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year mortgage.