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Loveless-designed Laurelhurst estate wows, inside and out

Known as one of Laurelhurst’s most notable waterfront estates, the landmark home at 3054 E Laurelhurst Drive is prominently sited on 175 feet of Lake Washington waterfront on the coveted shores of Webster Point. This location affords expansive views of the lake as well as the Cascade Mountains, and it’s also minutes from downtown with easy access to Bellevue and Sea-Tac Airport.

3054 E Laurelhurst Drive was originally designed by noted architect Arthur Loveless in 1928 for a prominent Seattle banking family. The present owners have lovingly restored the property while preserving the architectural integrity of the period.

Read on for a rundown on estate highlights or click through a full gallery of pictures on the property listing.

The Living Areas

Pass through the decorative wrought iron gate, walk through the charming courtyard and open the original front door to enter an architectural masterpiece crafted to frame the stunning vistas beyond.

The main level floor plan balances formality with casual elegance so it’s well-suited to a contemporary lifestyle. Gracious steps lead to an expansive living room with a handsome fireplace and period details like exposed wood and ornamental plaster beams. The adjacent paneled library offers beautiful views of the lake and grounds from classic diamond-paned leaded glass windows.

Located in the heart of the home, a striking wood-paneled dining room features an original wood-burning fireplace and offers views of the lake. The dining room affords ample space for large-scale dinner parties and events, but maintains a warm, intimate feel courtesy of the exquisite crystal chandelier and historic taper candle sconces.

The kitchen features custom furniture-style cabinetry, a large island and generous stone countertops. Ideal for meal preparation, serving and casual entertaining, it is outfitted with discreetly built-in top-of-the line appliances. An adjacent family room with a flat screen television and casual dining space overlooks the grounds and works perfectly as an informal gathering area for family and friends.

The Sleeping Areas

A handsome central staircase leads to four upstairs bedrooms including two spacious master suites discreetly positioned at each end of the home. Each suite offers sweeping lake views as well as private en suite baths. Two additional bedrooms offer beautiful vistas of the grounds and lake, one with an en suite bath. The other bedroom is used as an office by the present owners. A fourth upstairs bath and newly remodeled laundry room complete the elegantly appointed upper level.

The Entertaining Areas

The lower level of the estate is finished with the same quality and style as the rest of the home and features high ceilings and windows overlooking the grounds. A private retreat for guests on this level includes a complete eat-in kitchen as well as a charming bedroom suite that opens to the gardens and lake.

Once the site of many of Seattle’s most notable parties, the home’s spectacular ballroom is a welcome surprise. This historic yet versatile space is ideal for parties and entertaining and also works well as a game or media room. Soaring ceilings with box beams and period light fixtures combine with a statement brick fireplace to establish the ambiance of this special room.

The Grounds

The outdoor spaces of the estate are as spectacular as the home itself. They include a generous entry courtyard as well as more intimate patio vignettes around the property.

Swing open the leaded glass doors off of the living and dining rooms to open up another terrace perfect for relaxing, dining or entertaining.

Of course, the highlight of the grounds is the waterfront. Completely redesigned and reconfigured by the present owners in 2003, the low bank waterfront is defined by a new natural stone bulkhead that delivers beauty and structural integrity. A unique cove with a small sandy beach provides the perfect place for swimming, while a fire-pit on the beach is an ideal gathering area in the evenings.

The dock, rebuilt by Waterfront Construction, offers two boat lifts, one presently used for a boat and one for a jet ski. The dock is built with such structural integrity that it has easily accommodated a large yacht.

The estate at 3054 E Laurelhurst Drive is magnificent, but it’s more than that: it’s also a piece of Seattle history. Want to learn more about this lovely and livable waterfront home? Visit bit.ly/3054-Laurelhurst or contact real estate broker Lisa Turnure: 206-919-6605; lisaturnure@cbbain.com or Terry Allen at 206-417-6161; terryallen@cbbain.com.

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