Laurelhurst Tudor


4011 50th Ave NE

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 2,610 Square Feet

  • Built in 1929

  • Seattle School District

  • MLS# 1422166

This delightful Laurelhurst Tudor offers beautifully preserved and updated period detail that is complemented by contemporary color and material palettes and opens up to reveal a spacious, light-filled addition off the back. It has over 2600 square feet of refined living space on three floors, including three bedrooms and a full bath on the upper level, a finished basement with an additional bedroom and bath, and a powder room on the main floor. It is a classic house that has been thoughtfully optimized for modern living.


The house stands proudly on its freshly landscaped lot, presenting a brick façade with steep gables and a shake covered dormer to the street. New hardscape and a rockery help define planting areas that lead up to the central porch, while specimen trees anchor the corners of the lot. A carefully selected assortment of native plantings helps blend the home with its surroundings.


A formal entry alcove opens between the formal living and dining rooms, revealing an entire house that is resplendent in timeless period detail that has only been enhanced by recent renovations. Buttery oak hardwoods run throughout both above-grade floors, while deeply coved ceilings with picture moldings give a sense of height and space. Archways connect rooms on the main floor, while dormers on the second level give the bedrooms a cozy sense of enclosure. Every double hung window features leaded glass, and all light fixtures are either original or accurate period reproductions. Baths incorporate vintage style fixtures and crisp wainscoting in bead board and subway tile to evoke the home’s history.

A stately Batchelder tile fireplace anchors the airy living room with its deeply coved ceilings and walls of leaded glass windows. Archways lead to the formal dining room to the immediate right, and back past the powder room toward the spacious sun room that serves as an open and airy media and family room. The kitchen lies just behind the dining area, connected to the den to create an ideal circular floorplan, while a graceful staircase leads upstairs from the living room.

The dining room is nicely scaled to house a large table, and looks out over the front yard through two sets of leaded glass windows. It has coved ceilings, crisp white trim and an ornate central chandelier. A doorway leads back to the kitchen for convenient serving.

Behind the living room, an unexpectedly modern and airy family room has been carefully integrated with the rest of the house. It features a vaulted ceiling and two walls of windows that flood the room with natural light and outlooks over the backyard. A pair of French doors leads out to a terraced patio, while a second fireplace provides literal and figurative warmth to the room. This is a wonderful enclave for more casual living and helps make the house great for regular entertaining. The structure was designed to pick up on the lines of the original house, and is clad in matching materials to create a seamless sense of continuity.

The lower level has been completely remodeled and finished to provide another floor of airy and inviting living space. Laminate floors in a light wood finish run throughout, uniting the space into a cohesive whole, while ample recessed lighting provides illumination that complements the natural light that comes in through oversized egress windows in every room. All trim matches that found upstairs, and the standard of finish is high. A staircase leads from the main level into a large family room that provides access to an additional bedroom or play area, as well as to a large laundry area with top-of-the-line LG appliances and ample built-in storage and counter space. A bath with a walk-in shower completes this level of the home, making it the ideal enclave for long-term guests, live-in help or use as a home office.


The kitchen is a spacious, stylish and tranquil place for the serious cook. Anchored by large-format hex tile floors, it features stunning custom cabinets in clear fir with inset drawers and doors for a period-correct look that is complemented by white marble counters and classic subway tile backsplashes. A 36 inch Blue Star range provides high performance gas cooking under a high-flow hood, while a built-in Liebherr refrigerator and Bosch stainless dishwasher round out the top-of-the-line appliance package. Open shelves provide cleanly contemporary storage at eye level.


Upstairs, three comfortably scaled bedrooms share an elegant period bath. Because of the dormer and gable structure of the house, each room is unique in volume, offering a cozy, enveloping sense of contentment with sloped ceilings and dormer windows. The bathroom that they share is beautifully appointed in floor-to-ceiling subway tile, with a checkerboard tile floor, a clawfoot tub with shower, pedestal sink and elegant natural brass fixtures.


The back and side yards are beautifully landscaped to function as multi-purpose outdoor rooms. Terraced walls provide plenty of room for layers of plantings, and help define spaces for al fresco dining, Summer entertaining and relaxation under the sun.

Laurelhurst is one of Seattle’s most desirable neighborhoods, with its close proximity to the University of Washington, Children’s Hospital, shopping at University Village and recreation along the Burke Gilman trail and Lake Washington. It is home to a multitude of architectural styles, but is best known for its graciously arranged streets and boulevards of elegant Tudor homes, set amidst a backdrop of native evergreens. Numerous parks dot the neighborhood’s topography, and it encompasses many of the city’s best public and private schools. Indeed, Laurelhurst is the ideal enclave for the family or individual desiring urban amenities set amidst tranquil natural beauty.

This is an exquisitely presented house for those who seek timeless period detail, updated and optimized for contemporary lifestyles. With its Tudor style and gracious street presence, it embodies Laurelhurst at its best.