April 2

Maple Leaf's Chiarelli-Dore House listed as historical landmark



The house at 843 N.E. 100th St. looks unassuming when walking your dog by on the street.

It’s a little hard to tell if it’s actually connected to the very similar structure immediately to the west, but which has a different address.

It’s impossible to realize that, seen from a different side, it looks like this:

Kafia, from Redfin.com – the Seattle-based real estate brokerage –  sent us the link to that and 14 other photos – together with the news that the home was just named a Seattle historic landmark.

The 1,700-square-foot home was designed and built in 1949 by noted Seattle architect James J. Chiarelli. According to the landmark nomination, the home is considered a “locally significant example of Northwest Modernism that embodies the distinctive characters of its period of construction.”

The other photos, and more information, can be found at this link,which also says:

Designed by PNW icon James Chiarelli as his own home, this is a model of simplistic beauty. Sited for privacy, w/window walls framing views of wooded, magical backyard. Slightly cantilevered from the foundation, seeming to float above the landscape. Abalone flecked terrazzo floors throughout. L-shaped plan allows for master wing surrounded by nature.

Kafia adds that the house last sold in 2012 for $482,000.

Additional information can be found on this .pdf from the city Landmarks Preservation Board.

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  1. Really beautiful. I was wondering if that would discourage a buyer considering all the regulation. I tried to look it up and there was a huge list of restrictions and a little mention of incentives but vague.
    I just wondering, not saying its a bad thing.

  2. THe previous owner died of cancer a couple of years ago. Prior to that the owner had a renter living there that always did the most amazing holiday decorations for Halloween and Christmas. I still miss the friendly competition we had with who could go more overboard or get the decorations up first. I also went to the estate sale and was surprised by the magical quality of the backyard – it is like a little zen oasis in the middle of the city.

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