THIS MIDCENTURY PALACE on Medina’s notoriously posh Evergreen Point Road is built for gathering—and to show off a lot of windows. The home was designed by Ibsen Nelsen, who split his time between historic preservation and glassy modern architecture. One of his last works is one of his most visible: The Museum of Flight, completed in 2000, the year before his death.
Flashier than the woodsy midcentury we featured last week, a split entry rises up to a central atrium, its ceiling slightly elevated to make room for clerestory windows. It’s a hub for the more luxe spaces: Doors with tall, narrow glass panels let that extra light into the kitchen, dining area, and living room. They slide open and closed, creating either an airy, crowd-friendly loop or more closed-off, intimate spaces. Another matching wall—but with mirrors for privacy—leads to a master suite with a five-piece bath.
The wall of windows along the living room echoes the atrium’s geometry and allows visitors to see right through to the surrounding trees. The living room and its attached balcony feature Lake Washington views, too. Around the corner, the dining area is a little more intimate, although it still benefits from all the glass around it. A breakfast bar (which doubles as a kind of pass-through window) separates it from the kitchen. It’s been updated with some fancy features like a wine fridge thanks to a 2018 remodel, but not so much that it takes away from the original design.
On the lower level, a larger gathering space is more casual, but an alcove lined in brick, hanging wicker chairs, and a window bench make it something more than a typical rec room (not to mention extremely aesthetic). The other three bedrooms and laundry room, each lined with brick, fan out from here.
The backyard is down a level from the front, making it a little more secluded. It’s also a little simpler, with a tidy patio, a carefully manicured lawn, and a treehouse. In addition to its well-groomed half-acre lot, it’s just a three-minute walk to the picturesque Lake Lane Community Dock along Fairweather Bay, which is basically the next best thing to a private boat launch.
While it’s on the same road that Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and others with private-tram money have called home, it’s north of 520, closer to Evergreen Point itself. This does not detract from its fanciness—it is still, after all, Medina—it just means you can’t exactly pop over to those billionaires for a cup of sugar or a ride to the moon.
Listing Fast Facts
3434 Evergreen Point Road, Medina Size: 3,078 square feet/0.46 acres, 4 bedroom/4 bath List Date: 6/2/2021 List Price: $4,800,000 Listing Agents: Anna Riley and Denise Niles, Windermere