Located about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle, Kirkland is known for its waterfront parks and beaches on the shores of Lake Washington. Like many of the Emerald City’s suburbs, Kirkland can feel like a world apart from urban living; an abundance of hiking routes, biking trails, and large trees help you feel like you’re living deep in a forest.
That’s certainly the feeling you get at this three-bedroom, one-and-three-quarters-bath Kirkland home. The house sits on a cul-de-sac by Hidden Hills Pond, a small, man-made lake in the north end of the Highlands neighborhood. It’s a captivating structure at first glance, with a cedar shake siding and brightly painted trim work in greens and blues. The unusual design was the handiwork of George Reynoldson, a passive solar architect who penned the book, Let’s Reach for the Sun: 30 Original Solar and Earth Sheltered Home Designs.
Reynoldson’s company, Space Time Homes, specialized in unique homes that used solar principles and salvaged materials, and he christened this 2,490-square-foot home—constructed in 1974—“The Original Funky House.” That name changed when Nancy Wilson, founding member of the Seattle band Heart, purchased the home and neighbors began referring to it as “The Heart House.” Custom stained glass windows add color to the facade while a cable spool sculpture with a painted heart above the front door pays homage to the former owner.
Inside, you’ll find reclaimed office doors and large exposed beams, posts, and wood flooring salvaged from nearby warehouses. The kitchen features a repurposed stovepipe as track lighting and salvaged iron grating creates a screen between the living room and dining room. Painted blue and green stairs twist to the bedrooms on the second floor, where more colorful glass and large windows let in plenty of light.
Outside on the 0.3-acre lot, multiple decks take advantage of water views, and a carefully cultivated, lush garden includes Japanese maple trees and a long list of shrubs, grasses, and perennials. Interested? 11410 NE 103rd Street is on the market now for $1,200,000.