The house is tucked at the top of a charming private drive, even more charming in early May when the sun is shining through the green leaves and trees that form a canopy over the lane. When we reached the top, the house didn’t look like much…a ranch house that are a dime a dozen around here.
As we pulled up to the house, I saw through one of the front windows, a wall papered with Peanuts. Yes, Peanuts. As in Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally and Lucy. Strange, I know. My first thought should have been, “that’s got to be the first thing to go.” Instead, it had me at ‘Hello.’ I have a Peanuts thing. What can I say?
Turns out I didn’t need Snoopy to convince me. The curved brick wall at the entrance that continues into the house and becomes the fireplace. The cedar panels of the ceiling in the living and bedrooms. The solid beams running through the house and out to the porch. And the land. Oh my, the half-acre of land that backs up to a green belt with a gully. A private park of one’s own.
And as if that weren’t enough, the architect is a well-known Seattle mid-century architect, Fred Bassetti. A student of Eichler-esque post and beam lines and indoor/outdoor living, Bassetti designed a home filled with light and clean lines. Fred Bassetti designed our new home, 47 years ago.
(P.S. Staging furniture. Don’t panic. We didn’t go sell all our stuff!)