Cape Cod Meets Lake Washington

Down a Winding Driveway is an Inviting Medina Home

entryThis new classic American shingle-style home high on a cliff overlooking Lake Washington in Medina has a touch of Cape Cod flair. The circular window details, swoon-worthy staircase, and window seats bring charm to this large home — making it feel warm and inviting.

The homeowners are part-time empty nesters, but it is no surprise their college boys like to come home to visit, as does their grown daughter, who lives a couple states away. With a spacious home like this — with all the amenities one could ask for — who wouldn’t want to come home?

The 5,250-square-foot home (not counting the garage or covered terrace) takes full advantage of the views of the water, the Olympics, and the Seattle skyline. A gondola takes guests back and forth from the home to the dock on the lake. In the backyard, there is a bocce ball court, built-in spa, and an outdoor living space.

The master suite has his-and-her walk-in closets, and the bathroom is luscious enough to be in a top-notch spa. The upper floor has three guest suites and kitchenette, dining area, sitting room, and desk.

On the lower floor, there is a game room with a pinball machine, pool table, and more. There also is a wine cellar, workout room, and a stone-walled grotto leading to the backyard.

“These homes have a timelessness that still works well for a modern family.” — Dan Pence, architect

The architect is Dan Pence of The Pence Associates Architects in Bothell. He grew up the son of an architect (The Pence Associates, too). After working for several firms, he started his own in 1998, specializing in residential architecture across the region. The contractor was Tom Jergens of Jergens Construction in Bellevue, and the interior designer was Lauren Bennett of Inviting Interiors in Bellevue.

“I have always liked these style of homes with contemporary concepts of open living areas,” Pence said. “They have a timelessness that still works well for a modern family.”

The Lighting
Interior designer Lauren Bennett of Inviting Interiors of Bellevue had several custom chandeliers made for this home.

The Paint
The designer and homeowners chose shades of gray, green, and blue to create a nice relationship between the interior and the colors outside. The inspiration began with a blue rug that sits underneath the grand dining room table.


Architectural Interest
The architect is especially fond of how the vaulted ceiling with a curve is echoed in the window and the staircase.


What Rain?
A covered bridge connects the main house to the detached garage.


Privacy, Please
The master bathroom is located at the front of the home — these shutters provide privacy when needed while soaking in the tub. The sparkly chandelier above the tub and a matching one in the center of the room are “sexy,” the designer said. We agree!


Windows Galore
This home is light and bright, thanks to all the windows that not only capture the views, but the natural light.


All-Weather Space
Electric blinds come down on all three sides to protect guests from the weather year-round. There is also a built-in heater to keep the area cozy.

Comfy and Practical
This custom ottoman was designed to put feet up, or to hold a tray.

Made to Party
The outdoor space connects to the dining room and kitchen for easy entertaining. There is a built-in barbecue and TV.


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