The Seattle Home That Looks Like It’s Right on Top of You

In Seattle, a Modern Home That Looks Toward the Sky and the Water


Beth Halpern

Jul 14, 2013 11:20 am ET

This summer, Seattle offers homes that feel like they’re right on top of you.

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“You can’t walk up to our building and not be amazed by the view!” exclaimed Sarah Heffron, a Seattle real estate agent, as we took a closer look at a new modern home that stands on a corner in the neighborhood of Beacon Hill.

Heffron, who had a front-row view of the house’s sweeping views of the surrounding neighborhoods, walked us along a path to a door set into the wall, then into a foyer with a glass-walled elevator that goes straight up to the first floor. I could see up through a set of floor-to-ceiling windows to the sky. I could also see past another window, which looked out onto King Street, the city’s busy main thoroughfare. I could see downtown and Elliott Bay, beyond the marina where the Seattle Aquarium’s water is shipped each year from the mouth of the Columbia River. On the other side of the view were distant hills, green and forested, surrounded by the Seattle skyline.

The home, which was designed by Heffron and her husband, Adam, is on an entire, three-flat parcel of land at 100 W. E. 17th St. and is one of the largest residential properties designed by Heffron. It looks across the street to the University of Washington’s School of Medicine.

“It is sort of like stepping into the future in that you’ve got so much space, and you’ve got so many opportunities,” said Heffron, who has been a broker in residential real estate in Seattle for over 10 years. “For example, in this neighborhood, we have this house that has incredible views of Puget Sound, where you see the ships going by.”

Heffron says the house, which sits above a street of older buildings, has been designed with high-performance floor-to-ceiling windows and large-scale

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