Listed on April 21 for $2,395,000 with Adam Weissman of Coldwell Banker Bain of Lake Union, the gorgeous four-bedroom brick home was sold on May 6 for $3 million.

Built in 1913 in the Denny Blaine neighborhood, the carriage house was originally part of the historic Redelsheimer-Ostrander House. It was designed by Julian Everett for Julius Redelsheimer, owner of a local department store. The gardens were designed by the Olmsted brothers, and the house earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Serious cachet


Split off from the larger estate in the early 1980s, the carriage house was overhauled and turned into a single-family gem.

“This one had the cachet,” Weissman says of the recent sale. “The neighborhood is a highly desirable, high-end area. Three-plus bedrooms are hard to find, especially with a view, in Seattle. [Homes] usually go quickly and get multiple offers.”

He notes that many offers were 20% over asking price and were made by families connected to The Bush School, a top-rated private school nearby.

With a list price below $3 million, the home was considered affordable for the neighborhood. For comparison, a 10,900-square-foot home, also built in 1913 and located across the street, was sold for $12.9 million in November.

The 3,000-square-foot carriage house features what Weissman calls “a reverse floor plan.” The bedrooms are on the lower level, and the living area is above.

“I knew we were going to be focused on a buyer passionate about architecture and entertaining [and] wanting to show it off,” he says.

Walls of windows and vaulted skylights allow plentiful natural light. And despite some of the stark interior design seen in the listing photos, “it’s not austere,” says Weissman.

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Floating staircase

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Sweet return on investment

Highlights include a gas fireplace, a rooftop patio overlooking Lake Washington, and a two-car garage with electric-vehicle charging capabilities. Surrounded by mature trees and landscaping, the home offers serious privacy despite the urban setting.

A 1982 restoration by George Suyama of Seattle’s Suyama Peterson Deguchi was followed by additional interior work between 1995 and 2007. Over that decade, a new kitchen was added with soapstone countertops, a Wolf cooktop, and other high-end amenities.

The sellers bought the home in March 2020 for $1.8 million, earning a 66% return on a two-year investment.

According to the agent, the housing market continues to sizzle in the Pacific Northwest.

“There are two big draws: an incredibly strong job economy that’s diversified and a highly educated city with great access to nature,” Weissman says.

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