In a classic North End neighborhood this true Craftsman bungalow is ready to be yours. Location and enduring style meet in this beautifully crafted home just 2 blocks from the the University of Puget Sound’s parklike campus. The dining room alone features built-ins, wainscoting, boxed beam ceiling, and the glowing fir floors found throughout. Craftsman enthusiasts will recognize other custom details like a pocket door and granite fireplace in the living room, distinctive wide trim, picture rail and crown molding, and - of course - the wide front porch with its tapered wooden posts and brick detailing. A finished basement greatly increases the living space, while stairs lead up to an unfinished attic that’s full of potential. In addition to charming original details, find a furnace, heat pump, and water heater all new in 2016.
Less than a mile from Proctor and under half a mile to the 3 Bridges District, these two nearby neighborhoods provide independent coffee houses, groceries, shopping, schools, parks, and seasonal community events.
Continue on for the video tour, photos, neighborhood highlights (including walking time/distance to a list of Tacoma favorites), and many more details about this home.
Additional Living Space
Back Deck with Playhouse
Patio with Pergola
Fully-Fenced Back Yard
Detached 2 Car Garage
Sidewalk with Planting Strip
Living Room & Entry
From the wide, welcoming front porch step into a bright entry where convenient coat and purse hooks, and a built-in bench provide a place to pause and unload. From here, take a right into the large living room where fir floors, and built-in details continue. The wide white trim and beautiful light compliment the deep tone of the walls, and once you see the granite fireplace, you’ll probably want to sit and stay a while. A pocket door slides open to reveal a cozy music room.
The dining room, situated just where it ought to be between the living room and kitchen, is one of the best rooms in the house. A picture window lets light in, and Craftsman details abound in the boxed beam ceiling, wainscot finished with plate rail molding, and the built-in buffet. Display your best dishes, linen napkins, or favorite objects in the buffet’s cupboards and drawers, and set a simple and pretty table. This is a room is ready for entertaining, but it’s a comfortable place for cozy family dinners too. Or, if you’re just fixing a meal for one or two, you can sit in the kitchen instead. Take a look!
The kitchen sits at the back of the house with doors through to the deck and to the finished basement. Here you’ll find good window light, a set of stainless appliances, bright white cabinets with some glass front display cupboards, white tile countertops, subway tile backsplash, and warm neutral tones. There’s even space for a table for breakfast, coffee, or snacks; a good spot for friends to perch and visit. Don’t forget the window over the sink, one of those things that just seems right.
3 Main Floor Bedrooms
With three bedrooms on the main floor and additional living/sleeping space in the finished basement, there’s a chance you may set up an office, guest room, den, or studio space in one of these. You’ll see one bedroom arranged with 2 twin beds for a shared room, as well as one bedroom set up as a music room and used as an extension of the living room. Officially a bedroom, this room with its pocket door that slides back to create a wide opening to the living room, is used wonderfully as an extension of the family living space, and could make a great library, office, or music room.
Fir floors, wide trim, and simple decorative molding continue in the third bedroom, seen below.
Find the main floor full bathroom set in the hall with the bedrooms. Black border tiles contrast with white tile along the wall and shower/bathtub, while smaller black and white tiles continue on the floor in a definite vintage style. A medicine cabinet mirror offers some storage above the pedestal sink in this classic bathroom with era appropriate details. A half bath in the finished basement adds to the convenience of the home.
From the kitchen take the stairs down to a finished basement. The additional living space created here offers so much flexibility to the home and keeps things from getting cramped and crowded on the main floor. You’ll find a half bath, storage shelves, room to set up an entire extra sleeping area, as well as laundry, and a workshop. A counter extends across the laundry area where clothes can be folded and organized, and there’s a stainless utility sink here too. Some natural light comes in from the windows, and with help from lamps and lighting fixtures, makes for a bright finished basement.
Imagine how finishing this attic could enhance this North End home. With a skylight, windows at each end, and stairs leading up, this room is already on its way. Sheetrock, flooring, and some decisions about how to use the space are in order. It could become a guest loft, or set up some shelving for a bit of storage along with some cozy chairs, bean bags, and a tv for movie nights. Maybe it’s a playhouse. The space is there, and the choices are many, but there’s no rush either. There’s a whole house below that’s ready to go.
A wide front porch with a stained wood floor, deep eaves, and a spot to sit almost makes a welcome sign redundant. Come out here to sit on long summer evenings, shake off your coat and take a deep breath before going in on chilly winter days. A front porch is a place to read a book, a spot to drink coffee, a place that creates opportunities to wave at neighbors, an outdoor living room. This front porch faces south overlooking the front lawn and sidewalk. A Japanese maple bends nearby, and garden beds are waiting below.
In the fully-fenced back yard there are even more places to sit and socialize or play. A back deck has space for outdoor furniture, and there’s even a patio with a pergola for more spots to sit when its bbq time. A custom playhouse gives kids their very own address with a slide. In addition, the detached 2 car garage is back here as well. This is a low maintenance area where potted plants and container gardens can add color and flavor during the growing season.
We’ve been in the house and out of it, so head on to the final section to find out how this place fits into the city, what’s near, and where you could walk.
Set on a block of established early 20th century homes, this 1912 Craftsman is in good company. A planting strip between the sidewalk and the curb gives a bit of spaciousness and offers a place for additional gardening and ornamental trees. Garden gates, friendly front porches, and architectural variety make this a wonderful walking neighborhood.
This place is also defined and enhanced by what’s just outside the residential blocks. Step out the door and wander. You might find yourself drawn to the life of the university, to the paths and picturesque buildings, or even to the cafe where the public is welcome to come in for a cup of coffee. Maybe you’ll turn a different way, head toward the quaint 3 Bridges District with its independent businesses (salons, a coffee shop, the iconic Magoos), deep gulches, and pretty homes.
But it’s likely you’ll head north and west just a few blocks to reach Proctor on a very regular basis. Any why not? With grocery stores, gift shops, restaurants, a movie theater, public library, outdoor markets, a post office, parks, and schools, it kind of has it all. Take a look at distances and driving/walking times from the door of 3219 N 20th St to some of Tacoma’s favorite spots!
From Home By Car/From Home on Foot
Rosewood Cafe: 0.4 mile, 3 min/8 min
Cook’s Tavern: 0.4 mile, 2 min/8 min
Brewers Row: 0.4 mile, 2 min/8 min
Wheelock Library: 0.7 mile, 3 min/14 min
Blue Mouse Theatre: 0.8 mile, 4 min/18 min
Metropolitan Market: 0.7 mile, 2 min/14 min
Washington Elementary School: 0.7 mile, 4 min/16 min
Proctor Farmers’ Market: 0.8 mile, 4 min/18 min
Mason Middle School: 1 mile, 5 min/21 min
Old Town: 1.1 miles, 4 min/21 min (you’ll find me here at the Windermere Abode office!)
Multicare Tacoma General Hospital: 1.7 miles, 5 minute drive
Downtown: 2 miles, 6 minute drive
Point Ruston: 3.8 miles, 11 minute drive
Come see 3219 N 20th St in person this Sunday, November 25th from 1 - 4 pm. I’ll be holding it open and all are welcome!
In the meantime, for more information about this Tacoma Craftsman, call or text me, Michael Duggan, at 253-226-2787. I'll be happy to answer your questions about this home or the local real estate market in general.