Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Architecturally significant home and grounds situated on three tax parcels in Tacoma's historic North End.
About the Home
Stately Mediterranean Style home located in the desirable North End. This gated grand estate owes its Spanish Revival style to Heath, Gove, and Bell, whose design evokes the best of the historical style. The architects are known for some significant commercial and residential buildings. Some of their works include Rhodes Mansion, Morris-Miller Building, Bowes Building, and Wilkeson school to name a few. Here, you will find a design that takes in sweeping views of Puget Sound, Commencement Bay, and Mount Rainier for an unmatched legacy estate.
Architecturally significant 6300+ sq ft on over ¾ of an acre. Stately designed with a grand foyer, vaulted ceilings, spiral staircase, burled walnut entry, and serene views from the balconies. Luxury textures and accessories are used throughout the home to create a dynamic design that moves you from room to room.
With its vibrant Italian tile and striking scale, this unique entryway is one-of-a-kind. A wrought iron chandelier illuminates the sweeping, curved stairway design with a casual and inviting appeal. Entertaining is a breeze in the impressive, open-air living room, dining room, and library design. The open space features glass doors that open onto the patio lounge for easy indoor-outdoor living. Take a moment to relax in the customized library with built-in bookshelves, or cozy up next to the fireplace in the living room.
Enjoy a meal together inside this neutral-toned kitchen filled with modern, approachable luxuries. Gather at the breakfast nook, grab a cup of coffee and take in the views. The kitchen was updated in the 1980s; the original 1929 cabinets are available to be reinstalled if desired. Intriguing pendants add light and airy texture overhead in the formal dining room. To coordinate with the classy dining space, adjacent is the outdoor terrace overlooking the Puget Sound.
On the home's upper level is the Primary Suite, refined, with an almost Art-Deco-inspired style. Dual balconies overlook the water in this Primary suite; original wall sconces emphasize the space's organic feel. A Junior Suite with matching double balconies, a full bathroom attached, and access to additional living space. Jack-an-Jill bedrooms lie between the Primary and Junior Suites. The Primary and Junior suites have the original tile and tub in the attached full baths. From the additional living space next to the Junior suite, you have access to the veranda, offering even more water views.
A wide staircase leads to the lower level of the home. Here you'll find a Bonus Room/Family Room. The space is large and welcoming for guests, opening to the patio. The patio is an inviting retreat for relaxing or entertaining and overlooking the Koi pond and views. With access to the newly added playhouse.
About The Garage
Every car enthusiast's dream garage. The prior owner, Pete Lovely, a racecar driver and car enthusiast, built a 12-car garage with an attached 1/2 bath, washer, and dryer. Easy to clean and more resilient flooring, with 4X4 footing pads, 220 outlets, no posts, central heat, and 10-foot ceilings. The 2,580 sq ft garage will make you envy all your neighbors. A fully fenced dog run is behind the garage, shrouded by trees. The "thirteenth" car garage is attached to the home.
The History of The Home
A true Legacy property for memories in the making. From 1900 to 1909, the home was used for women's college swimming. The home was built-in 1929 for Edwin Gregory, the president of the Gregory Furniture Manufacturing company of Tacoma. In 1899 Gregory arrived in Tacoma and opened Standard House Furniture, a retail business that operated until 1920. Adjacent to the Northern Pacific tracks, the Gregory factory was built in 1908 for the Willamette Casket Company. By the end of World War I, news articles declared Tacoma the leading furniture manufacturer on the West Coast.
In the 1970's well-known American racing driver Pete Lovely purchased this estate. Born in 1926 in Montana, Gerard Carlton "Pete" Lovely relocated to Tacoma, WA. In 1954, Lovely opened "Pete Lovely Volkswagen," a Volkswagen dealership in Fife, WA. He also owned "Pete Lovely Racing," which restored vintage cars.
About the Architect
The architectural firm of Heath and Gove operated primarily in Tacoma. Frederick Heath and George Gove hired Herbert A. Bell in 1914 and elevated him to partner status in 1919. The firm became known henceforth as "Heath, Gove, and Bell." Their work included designs for several historic and notable schools, churches, stadiums, and residential and commercial properties. Heath was known as the "Father of the Stadium" for his work on Stadium Bowl in Tacoma, one of his best-known projects.
About The Parcels
The home and property sit on three tax parcels. The current owners have done a survey and are available for review. This flexibility allows you to keep or sell off part of the property. In addition, you could explore more options for building additional structures.
About The Location
Tacoma's North End neighborhood is known for its history, restaurants, and eclectic nature. Mason Street is known for its incredible views and is the perfect spot to take in Commencement Bay fireworks. What is also convenient is freeway access via 705 with service to I-5. This puts Seattle, Sea-Tac airport, and service South to Portland convenient. Nearby Narrows airport via Hwy 16 allows for private aircraft as well. Neighboring cities and districts like Proctor, Ruston, Point Ruston, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, and University Place are within easy reach.
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