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Epitomized by the work of influential California architects Charles and Ray Eames and real estate developer Joseph Eichler, mid-century modern homes took root in Seattle when the city was expanding beyond its core into neighborhoods such as Magnolia, View Ridge and West Seattle. “The mid-century design was a move away from traditional, compartmentalized floor plans,” says local real estate agent Mark Potvin ( “and into more open plans that make small homes feel bigger.” The emphasis here is on function rather than fanciness, with simple lines, small bedrooms (intended only for sleeping) and plenty of windows to bring the outside in.

“These houses flow like we live today—less formal, more comfortable, more organic,” Potvin says.

It doesn’t take much to make a classic midcentury modern home feel contemporary.” As in many cities, these houses are currently in vogue in Seattle.

“People will pay a premium for midcentury homes,” says Potvin. Bonus: Beachfront property with views of the Ballard locks, boats and sea life

Bonus: Updated brick rambler with views of Lake Washington and a meticulously landscaped yard Bonus: Fully remodeled with a black-bottom swimming pool and Zen garden

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