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The main residence occupies pride of place in the estate, sited to take advantage of spectacular tree-framed views over Admiralty Inlet from virtually all of its primary spaces. The house gently hugs its terrain, appearing to rise organically from the forest and earth with a series of low-slung roof lines with deep eaves for shade. It is designed to echo elements of the historic arts and crafts movement, constructed from native cedar and stone to reference and blend with its natural environs. Indeed, the structure maintains an exquisite sense of proportion that invites favorable comparison to some of the most celebrated historic Craftsman residences of the early 20th century. Its expansive horizontality allows the home to contain an open and airy floorplan that is banded by windows carefully placed to frame outlooks over the Puget Sound and estate grounds.
The main level is devoted to a series of interconnected public spaces that are ideally scaled for extravagant entertaining, yet arranged and proportioned to provide a comfortably luxurious and enveloping daily living experience. Varying ceiling heights help to define more intimate spaces such as the dining room and library, while box beams and soaring vaulted ceilings allow oversized windows to flood the living room and sun room with natural light. Substantial, natural-finish hardwood casework and trim establishes a strong sense of linearity, and artisanal wall finishes create a historic patina that resonates throughout the house.
A deeply sheltered front porch entry is constructed around a set of antique stained glass windows. It leads into the gracious foyer that serves as the central artery of the house, providing access to the living and dining rooms, the kitchen, guest suites, office, sun room and staircase.
The living room is a beautifully proportioned space, anchored by a massive stone fireplace, and sited to take maximum advantage of a 270 degree Puget Sound view framed by evergreen trees to the North and South. A wide passage opens this primary living space to the dining room with two walls of windows and French doors that allow access to one of the house’s patios. Hardwood floors run throughout all of the main first floor living spaces, while a sophisticated lighting system allows for a range of illumination options.
The kitchen is one of the home’s most impressive and distinctive features, with cabinetry constructed entirely from solid, book-matched panels, sliced from a single log of exotic koa wood. It is the light-filled hub of the house, offering a huge central cooking and dining island, a deep breakfast nook with built-in seating and four walls of customized cooking and prep space. Appliances include SubZero refrigeration, Dacor gas cooking, double wall ovens, a stainless dishwasher and two sinks. The walls and ceiling are hand stenciled with a delicate botanical motif, while the floors are covered in warm, shock absorbing cork. A walk-in pantry provides storage for cooking equipment and supplies, while a built-in home office enjoys views over the front gardens.
Two spacious and richly appointed guest suites are located off the hall to the dramatic sun room, and feature ensuite baths and large windows overlooking the gardens. The sunroom is a spectacular four-season retreat, with three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that flood it with natural light, as well as an elegantly stenciled vaulted ceiling with skylights that is uplit by copper-housed perimeter lighting. A built-in wet bar helps make this the perfect spot for all day gazing at nature.
The library is a grand, yet cozy room that is lined with built-ins for books and display. Charming window seats invite curling up with a good book in the sun. Box beam ceilings and a large honed marble tile fireplace anchor the room with a sense of history and permanence, and there is plenty of space for desk and seating areas.
A highly detailed Craftsman staircase leads up to the private second level owner’s suite, comprised of a master bedroom, a sitting room, walk-in closet, and a glorious master bath, all housed within a light-filled, second level “airplane” architectural structure that projects along the North end of the house. The master bedroom is a warmly inviting retreat that offers astounding views over Puget sound from its wall of windows. It connects directly to a luxurious bath that offers a deep soaking tub set into its own bay window, with outlooks over Admiralty Inlet, a separate water closet, a two-sink vanity that defines a makeup area with water views, and a walk-in shower. The entire room is delicately stenciled, with custom cabinetry and casework, as well as handmade tile. A walk-in closet will house the most expansive wardrobe, while a private sitting room can easily serve as a nursery or as space for a caregiver.
Every detail of the house has been carefully considered and is of the highest quality, from hardware to fixtures, to the artisanal tile and local stone that is employed throughout. It is a symphony of sublime design, complimentary materials and surfaces and decisions thoughtfully made to help it blend into its surroundings.