Combine a renowned architect with a breathtaking Lake Washington setting and this is the result.
1919 Killarney Way is masterpiece of modern design, a perfectly balanced floating oasis, a place of peace and solitude and a stately castle, all at the same time. This design, these materials and the majestic shoreline of Lake Washington combine to create a space like no other – one that connects with something deep inside. Steel is used throughout – exposed in interior spaces, overhead in ceilings, supporting cantilevered balconies. Brick offsets the cool strength of steel to add warmth and create cozy spaces. Wood covers much of the floors, caps railings, accents kitchens and baths. When closed, oversized glass doors blur the lines between in and out. When open, the lines are erased completely.
“A Sculpture in Steel”
That’s how design and architecture publications described this home when it was first built. Designed by renowned architect Omer Mithune, the structure rises from the forest floor to put its owners among the trees with unobstructed views of Lake Washington and the downtown Seattle skyline.
The design is timeless, blending modern lines and steel with warm earthy materials to create a home that feels at once like a stately castle and a platform floating in the sky.
Mithune’s vision was made a reality by one of Seattle’s premier engineers, Robert Champion, whose soaring steel beams and cantilevered balconies create feelings of solitude and openness which persist today, though Bellevue has grown into a major metropolis in the years that followed.
This property captured the imagination of design and architecture writers who described the seamless integration of this unique structure with its spectacular Northwest setting. The home has appeared in local and national publications three times, its distinctive design providing inspiration for others.
Since its construction, 1919 Killarney Way has had only two owners. The most recent owners, Robert and Chloe Lambert, lovingly restored many of the home’s original design features while updating bath, kitchen and living spaces. The master bath in particular is a spa-like space in which water is presented in creative ways, connecting with the lake outside the room’s windows.
The views are just the beginning
This nearly 20,000 square foot property is surrounded by other quiet wooded lots, so while bustling Bellevue is just down the road, 1919 Killarney Way feels a world away.
Yet in just a few minutes you can be enjoying the shops and restaurants of Bellevue Square and Old Town Bellevue.
For a weekend stroll, it’s a short walk to Chesterfield Beach park, Chism Beach park and several neighborhood trails. Close by are Burroughs Landing and the kayaks and canoes of Enatai Beach.
When the work week begins, 1919 Killarney Way’s southern location means access to I-405 and I-90 is relatively quick and easy. And of course, Bellevue has some of the top-rated public schools in the nation.
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