Looks can be deceiving. From the street, a collection of three townhomes on a .18-acre Seattle site has what looks like a classic three-story façade, which is in keeping with the scale of nearby commercial buildings in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. However, because the site is steep, what appears to be a three-story unit from the street is actually five stories on the view side. (And it’s quite a view: downtown Seattle, Eliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains.)

“The street level is actually the middle, with two levels below and two above,” says architect Brad Conway. The bottom level houses the garage; the next includes guest bedrooms and a laundry room; the street level features the living/dining room, kitchen, and an office; the next floor is home to the master suite and another bedroom; and the top level boasts two decks and a party room. An open mahogany-and-steel stairway connects all the floors (as does an elevator). Just the ticket for empty-nesters who want plenty of room (3,500 square feet per home) and have plenty of money (each went for $1.45 million).

CATEGORY: Townhouse project
ENTRANT/ARCHITECT: Stannard Conway Architects, Seattle
BUILDER/DEVELOPER: Compass Construction, Seattle

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