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Luxury in-city retreat with spectacular water and mountain views

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2.5 full baths, sleeps 6-8

Over 4400 square feet of luxury living on two levels. The gated entry leads through a verdant garden to the entry/art gallery with cathedral ceilings and baby grand piano. Ahead of you is the large living room w/ fireplace, stereo, library, and large wrapped windows to enhance the spectacular views of Portage Bay with the Seattle Yacht Club boats, Husky Rowing Team, and the Cascade mountains beyond in the East. The formal dining room, with views of the water, seats 10; fully equipped chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances and casual seating area. The one car garage and side entrance open to the mud-room. On the other end of the main floor is the master bedroom suite with views of the water, with queen sized bed, flat screen tv; ample closet space; marble bathroom with double sinks and walk in shower with adjustable shower, soaking tub and separate W.C.

Garden Level of House: The garden level boasts a large family room that opens to the garden and its views of the mountains, with 2 sofas and 2 club chairs to enjoy the surround sound, flat screen t.v., board and video games/dvd stereo and A/V closet. There's a wide selection of books and music. Down the hall there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The first bedroom has a spectacular view of the water, open to the garden for separate entrance, a queen bed, desk and 2 large closets. A contemporary bathroom is at the end of the hall, between the remaining bedrooms. The first bedroom has a bunk bed, desk, electric piano, and good sized closet, and the second bedroom has views of the lake, a queen bed, desk, ample closet space and its own half bath. The Bosch front loading washer and dryer are on this level in the laundry room, as well as an excercise room equipped with a treadmill, stability ball, mat, tv, light weights and bands.

The Garden and Views: The house sits amidst beautifully maintained Italian-style gardens on an over 10,000 foot lot. The front gated entry gives privacy as does the lush foliage, and a garden table nestled in the front courtyard provides an alternative dining area. The back garden is large and multi-leveled, with gated entrances on either side to access the waterfront. The wisteria and jasmine covered arbor provides beautiful dappled light under which to dine outdoors, with stunning views of the active yet always charming Portage Bay. A large terrace with a pair of chaises and sun umbrella provide private refuge amongst the mature and flowering garden. The lower garden level features a pond, large flower beds, white stoned walkways and a hidden seating area for those seeking quiet moments.

We have a 3 person canoe you can use (at your own risk) and launch it steps away from the garden. Enjoy swimming or other water sports in the lake. Living near the water in the city is magical!

Architect Designed Property: This is truly one of the special houses of Seattle. Originally built in 1928, it was completely renovated by Roland Terry, the iconic architect of the Northwest who also designed the famous Canlis Restaurant. More recently, the house was updated by the internationally famous modern architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen. This location is close enough to everything you want to see and do in Seattle, but provides a stylish respite from the urban life nearby.

More Details

Pia Jacobsen
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Pia,

I apologize for being so tardy in responding to your gracious note. And, yes, I have so many things I would like to share about our stay in your beautiful home......first, Ginger was awesome! She was warm and friendly and couldn't have been more welcoming. When we had a question about the lights on the tree in the front yard - she immediately got an answer for us. Later in the week, when I had a question about closing up the home.................she returned my call immediately; again with answers! But there truly was little that wasn't covered in your welcoming packet! It was informative without being had just the right amount of information to make everything about our stay easy!

The house had absolutely everything we needed to make our family Thanksgiving! We had several long cooking days and the kitchen couldn't have been better equipped! One of the guests is a professional baker and she found all the necessary tools to keep us in fresh bread and cinnamon rolls all week long!

Our musical theater trio provided us hours of entertainment on the grand piano in the foyer! It was such a hit!!!! They were especially charmed to read the history of the house and it's ties to Jack Benny and his friends. They are certainly hoping that some of the "mojo" of your home follows them back to NYC!

Then their was the beautiful front room with the wall of glass! It didn't matter if it was raining or the sun was shining this amazing room was where everyone eventually gravitated to once the eating was finished and the entertainment was over. Sitting there drinking the gourmet coffee that this city is known for, looking out over the water, the houseboats, the bridge, the ships.........we truly got to experience Seattle in all it's glory from this beautiful spot!
Nov 2012
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Northeast Seattle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bath - toilet , tub , shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , European style hand held shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 2 queen , lake view
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , lake view
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , lake view
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom is on the ground floor with a lake and mountain view, facing east away from the street on the lake side. Quiet and sunny. Flat screen TV, plenty of closet space. All rooms have Internet and there is wireless in the house.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Espresso machine, pak n' play, crib/playpen and handicap stool available.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Luxury in-city retreat with spectacular water and mountain views
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Absolutely Stunning Property with 2 amazing Hosts

  • 5 of 5

I simply can't express how great Pia & John were as hosts. They're kind, warm, sincere and welcomed me into their home like we have known each other for years. They're prompt in responding and their home is not only gorgeous with stunning views but also impeccably clean and tidy! Which if you're a perfectionist like myself you will most certainly appreciate the care and respect they have for their home and way of living. I felt at home in their home and quite frankly did not want to leave and for me that is speaking volumes. Everything was simply perfection from start to finish. Thank you again Pia & Michael for opening up your home to us.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're just lovely. Thank you for being such a thoughtful guest. Welcome back any time! Pia
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San Diego, CA

Fantastic Home in Seattle

  • 5 of 5

Pia and John's home was perfect for our family + friend, 7 total in our group (including 3 children). It was our first time in Seattle and it turned out to be a wonderful location for us. Anything we could of needed was available in this home and communication was easy. We loved our time in Seattle and this home is a great place to relax after a long day exploring the city and nearby parks. We can't wait to come back, thank you again Pia!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We really appreciate the good care you took of our home. Happy you enjoyed it! Best, Pia
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Edmonton Alberta

A Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful gardens,fantastic view,great location,well equipped,lots of books and dvd's. At the end of the day we enjoyed watching the endless water traffic, drawbridge,sailing clubs ,floating houseboats and dusk from the large sliding glass windows.Sunrise yielded the same fantastic view as the harbour came to life. This is an older house,updated ,modernized and clean. We had six grandchildren (12 to 19) for a 7 day stay -- they enjoyed the family room, played games, watched movies, walked to Starbucks and found scads of Pokemon creatures in the neighbourhood. Ideal location for travel to Microsoft Campus,Green Lake, downtown(Pikes Market, Space Needle, Chihuly Gardens,Space Wheel,original Starbucks,Underground tour ),Boeing Factory, Ballard Locks, Fish Ladder and Lake Union Argosy tour. We were also able to park at U of Washington and take rapid transit to Safeco Field for a Mariner Game. Our 15 passenger van would not fit on the driveway but we were able to safely park it on the street. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this home. Thank you to Pia and John who were extremely helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, you were wonderful guests. We are so impressed you take all your grandchildren on an annual vacation. Equally impressive iis how you got them to leave the house so impeccably clean!
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Fabulous house, garden and view

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house for our 3 generation family's visit to the Seattle. The master bedroom, living room, dining room, and kitchen are on the upper level while the children's and grandchildren's rooms and baths as well as the family room are located on the lower level. The house is beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. The gourmet kitchen is well thought out and perfect for family cooking.

The house is well located. I highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well-'maintained, beautiful views, impressive property

  • 5 of 5

We decided to spend a week in Seattle when our son graduated from the University of Washington, and invited my brother's family to join us as they had never been to Seattle. Everyone that came in, said "Wow!" when they saw the view overlooking Lake Union. There were eight adults in our group and I wanted everyone to have a bedroom, so there were four comfortable bedrooms, one on the main floor and the other three downstairs. The kitchen was modern and great for fixing meals. There was a media room downstairs with so many titles of movies, a modern washer and dryer for use as well. We could walk to a french bakery, we went hiking and to a brewery and took an electric boat out one afternoon on Lake Union for several hours. In the foyer there was a beautiful grand piano and we enjoyed having my daughter sit down and play, that was a bonus! I don't think we could have had a better house to all enjoy. Bring your binoculars to watch the birds and boats going by.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for being such lovely guests, we're happy you enjoyed our house. Just to note we are on Portage Bay, not Lake Union. There is a lot of water around here!
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Sophisticated property, great host

  • 5 of 5

The setting, architecture, and furnishings are outstanding. The house was spotless. Pia and John were great hosts

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such lovely guests, we were happy to have you!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Seattle International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
University Neighborhood
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
to Bainbridge Island, Vashon... downtown Seattle
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Broadmoor Country Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
downtown Seattle
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
520 and I5
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
All kinds from casual to elegant
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Madison Park
Car: not necessary

Nestled in the heart of Seattle, overlooking the houseboats on Portage Bay with a view of the Cascade mountains, this is a sophisticated mid-city retreat with a lush garden, just steps from the water. Located north of Capitol Hill, it's a short walk to the University of Washington and Husky Stadium, the

Burke Gilman Trail and the Arboretum. It's just minutes by car or bus to downtown and the Pike Place Market, ferries, shopping, sporting events, restaurants, theatre, museums, and Seattle Center. Less than a mile away is the 520 bridge, providing easy access to Bellevue, Redmond and the mountains.

Other Activities: roller blading, paddleboarding, canoeing


Rates & Availability

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5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $275 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 9.5%

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