inspired by setting
Pacific Northwest Regionalist design takes its cues from setting, and the Södergren Studio House is no exception.
Placed on the tranquil shores of Lake Washington, the homesite stretches from the water's edge uphill to a old railroad property that is now owned by the city of Seattle and managed as part of its park system.
An exceptionally quiet and remote setting for the city, the waterfront lot is enhanced through it's location on a dead-end street shared by just five homes.
The 55' wide no-bank waterfrontage incorporates a natural boulder bulkhead built in 2014 to current shoreline code. The waterfront includes 100'-long dock with boat slips plus a boat roll.
The unimpeded views are classic Northwest: blue waters & green hills. Select views from inside the home are framed by an enormous conifer specimen bonsai placed at the water's edge when the house was conceived. Visible landmarks include the Cascade Mountains, Saint Edward State Park, Denny Park, and the breathtaking and ever-present Mt Rainier to the south.
Seattle's famous Burke-Gilman Trail, once the track of the Union Pacific Railroad, runs immediately adjacent to the waterfront lot on the west side. This 17-mile ribbon of recreational opportunity invites those fortunate to live along it to walk, jog, roller-blade, or bicycle to Ballard's Locks to the southwest or Woodinville's wineries to the northeast.
Matthew's Beach Park, a few blocks to the south along the trail, once harbored the Pan American World Airways’ offices, and the dock for Pan American’s "Clipper Ships"- the world’s first amphibious commercial air transports over the ocean. Today the park offers 22 acres of recreational opportunities including walking paths, a creek, and picnic tables.