The Green Lake Contemporary

7418 Meridian Ave N

$2,600,000

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3.25 Bathrooms

  • 4,550 Square Feet

  • Ideal ADU Potential

  • South Facing Green Lake Views

  • Remodeled Kitchen & Baths

  • Seattle School District

 
 
 

The Greenlake Contemporary // Classic midcentury architecture and refined luxury coincide in this exceptional residence a block off Green Lake. An example of true Northwest Modern style with 5BR, 3.25BA across a flexible three-story floorplan of over 4,500sqft that can easily be separated into home and ADU levels. Kitchen and bath remodels featuring black sequential vertical grain walnut, quartz, and thoughtful tile selection. Extensive landscape lighting and irrigated low maintenance yard.

+ OVERVIEW

Crisp, midcentury architecture and exquisitely curated luxury coincide in this exceptionally reimagined residence within a block of Green Lake. Originally constructed in 1966, and on the market for only the second time, the house is a classic example of the Northwest Modern style, set amidst a gorgeous neighborhood of grand older homes. With 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths spread over a flexible three-story floorplan of over 4500 square feet, it is the ultimate expression of effortless contemporary living in this iconic lakeside neighborhood.

The home occupies a sun-drenched corner lot that offers expansive, unobstructed views over all of Green Lake and the city beyond, while an artistic array of native plantings defined by a grid of new concrete hardscape pays homage to the material honesty and refined lines of its era. The house reads as a carefully proportioned rambler that organically expands to three levels overlooking the lake with floor-to-ceiling windows and wide Vertical Grain Clear Cedar decks to capture stunning outlooks in all directions. Meticulously terraced lawns and horizontal Vertical Grain Clear Cedar deck fencing contribute visual contrast to the home’s simple geometric massing, creating private outdoor rooms for relaxing and entertaining in the sun.


+ MAIN LEVEL

Inside, the house is thoughtfully divided into three levels that present a multitude of living options, as both the main floor and lower level are configured with their own dedicated kitchens, bedrooms and baths. This makes the home ideal for multi-generational families where some autonomy is still desired, or as a primary residence with the added benefit of substantial ADU income. Of course, interior flow is such that it also functions beautifully in its entirety with ample space and infrastructure for regular entertaining and gracious living.

A massive stone chimney anchors the entry of the house, serving a fireplace on each level and creating a textural contrast with its classic cedar siding that welcomes and guides visitors to the front door. Once inside, the main level unfolds as an expansive and enveloping primary living area, with a huge living room that is defined by walls of glass which frame lake views and flood the interiors with natural light. Two sets of doors open out to a Vertical Grain Clear Cedar deck that spans the entire South side of the house, affording plenty of room for outdoor dining, relaxing and entertaining. The living room is anchored by a corner fireplace and opens into a huge dining area that also connects directly to the stunning gourmet kitchen and den. Large wall apertures preserve a sense of separation between rooms, while opening the entire public section of the house to wide site lines and natural light. The opulent master suite and two additional bedrooms that share a large bath occupy the front section of the home, creating an ideal one-level floor plan. A staircase leads up to a spacious bonus room with its own half bath and roof deck.

The interior spaces maintain a sense of continuity with long-plank bamboo flooring, custom walnut cabinetry and a sophisticated palette of subtle grey tones throughout the home. Extensive recessed lighting illuminates the public areas, and new windows ensure optimum energy efficiency and noise control while framing stunning lake and neighborhood views. Tight-grain bamboo covers the dining room, kitchen, den and bedroom floors, while the living room and upstairs bonus areas offer sumptuous carpet under foot.

The kitchen is a gourmet’s delight, offering walls of custom cabinets masterfully crafted from grain-matched walnut with vast expanses of quartz counters to cover the most demanding prep and serving needs. It includes a built-in pantry and microwave, a 36” Wolf commercial gas range with matching hood, built-in refrigeration and a fully integrated dishwasher. A waterfall quartz counter between the kitchen and den serves as a convenient dining bar, while the open floor space defined by its arrangement allows the room to serve as a casual hub of the home. A spacious den area lies at the South end of the room, with doors that open directly onto the deck.

The private section of the home lies toward its front, offering three spacious bedrooms and two baths on the main level. Two additional bedrooms are oversized in scale and share an elegantly appointed bath that is similar in design to that in the master.


+ MASTER SUITE

The master suite occupies the front corner of the house, allowing it to capture lovely neighborhood outlooks through two walls of windows. The bedroom is perfectly proportioned for airiness and comfort and connects to a sublime, spa-like bathroom retreat with an underlit, floating walnut vanity, quartz and custom tile surfaces, a wall of built-in storage and a huge walk-in shower.


+ UPPER LEVEL

A dedicated staircase leads up to the top level, a private enclave for entertaining and lounging that frames the home’s most extraordinary views through three walls of windows. The area features a powder room for convenience, a skylight and sliding door access to an expansive roof deck with its own outdoor fireplace. Exposed structural beams that penetrate the outer envelope of the house reference its architectural heritage and help define the space with strong horizontal lines.


+ LOWER LEVEL

The lower level is perhaps the home’s most surprising and flexible zone. It is configured to function as a fully autonomous two-bedroom, one bath apartment with a private entry and a floor plan that is almost identical to the main level, yet it is connected with upper floors via a staircase in the kitchen. It offers tall ceilings and large windows that overlook the yard and neighborhood, with easy access to a huge private and sheltered patio that opens into the back yard. Finishes are commensurate with the rest of the residence, including bamboo flooring in the bedrooms, kitchen and dining area, a large corner fireplace and sumptuous carpet in the living room. A full kitchen with a suite of Samsung black chrome appliances, custom white cabinets and quartz counters includes a small breakfast nook and opens into the dining room for easy serving and entertaining. The huge master bedroom with room for a private seating area functions as an opulent private enclave, and is supported by another large bedroom and full bath with custom cabinets and tile that compliment that found throughout the house.

The lower level can easily perform duty as a high-end rental unit, allowing for significant income potential. It is also the perfect configuration for those supporting extended families or with the need for live-in help, since the apartment affords a high degree of privacy and autonomy, along with sublime levels of comfort and luxury. Because of its seamless connection to the rest of the house, this level is also easily integrated into everyday living. The living room can serve double duty as a media area, while the dining area is perfect as a secondary gathering place for games, homework or crafts. The extra kitchen is convenient for gatherings and garden parties, and the bedrooms can be used in their current configuration or converted into home office space. In fact, it is easy to imagine the entire apartment dedicated to use as an opulent home office.


+ REMODEL

This exceptional residence presents as new, with all major systems replaced or upgraded during the past several years. The exterior has been remodeled for contemporary flair with lifetime materials and ultra-efficient windows, and new gas and HVAC systems have been recently added. The house features a two-car garage with off-street parking for three additional cars, and the yard is covered in Dream Turf for zero outdoor maintenance. The landscaped areas include built-in irrigation and spot lighting that highlights specimen plantings and give the house a dramatic glow at night.

With a comprehensive remodel to the highest standards and exceptional underlying midcentury design and construction, this unique Green Lake residence is one of the most flexible and enticing homes currently on offer in North Seattle. It maintains a sense of period grace, while affording all modern luxuries and conveniences in a neighborhood that rarely offers properties that fit a modern aesthetic. Located within a half block of Green Lake with all of its recreational opportunities, and within easy reach of the Highway 99 corridor into downtown and South Lake Union, this singular residence boasts unbeatable proximity to all that Seattle has to offer.