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Location: Seattle, Wash.
The Skinny: This listing in Seattle's Madison Valley district rather miraculously merges traditional Japanese design elements, Pacific Northwest modernism, and down-home farm living (albeit without, like, cows or chickens or whatever) into one delightful dwelling. Designed by AIA Award-winning local architect George Suyama, the compound consists of (1) a main home built around a great room with soaring 30-foot ceilings as well as (2) a guest house and garage reachable via (3) a covered walkway that looks out onto the central courtyard. Japanese design touches—including a Zen meditation room—and hardwoods aplenty warm up structure's minimalism, an ethos the architect's website says may have sprung from a childhood partially spent in a World War II-era internment camp in Idaho: "The starkness of the camp and its primitive housing are a likely source for his predilection for elemental simplicity." The three-bedroom house, which Curbed Seattle notes was last purchased just over a year ago, is asking $995K.
· 415 26th Avenue, Seattle, Wash. [Redfin]
· George Suyama's Japanese Farmhouse Already Back on Market [Curbed Seattle]
· All House of the Day posts [Curbed National]