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Hot Homes: Historic storybook abode near Roanoke Park

The garden is perfect for dishing tea party gossip about your suitors.

A European-style home in the north Capitol Hill area of Seattle, WA with a turret and lush landscaping

Leaded glass windows and a turret lends a medieval look to the home.

Photo via Windermere/Jeri P. Smith

Let’s be honest — when the winter chill creeps in, we all fantasize about shacking up in a cozy castle by the hearth, right? Well, check out this storybook pad.

A European-inspired, north Capitol Hill home at 817 E. Hamlin St. just went on the market in mid-November. Built in 1926, the 6,890-sqft space is graced with cathedral ceilings, stucco details, and a striking turret — as all proper manors should have.

Here are a few more ogle-worthy details about the special find that’s currently priced at $2,695,000 (listed via Jeri P. Smith at Windermere Real Estate Co.).

The interior of a home on East Hamlin Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle shows white vaulted ceilings, period lighting and light-colored couches.

Many of the original ornate moldings remain in the property’s interior.

Photo via Windermere/Jeri P. Smith

History with a left-handed twist

The home is listed on the National Record of Historic Places due to its unique design background. Renowned residential architect Edwin Ivey came up with the look, drawing on influences from the English country homes of Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Ivey also may have needed to add in a few unusual amenities. Legend has it that a married man had the house built for his mistress who was left-handed, which might account for the reverse hinging elements. Hey, anything for love.

A garden with a tiled fountain outside a historic home adjacent to Roanoke Park in Seattle

The fountain to the left is one-of-a-kind.

Photo via Windermere/Jeri P. Smith

Major garden envy

The mistress story was never verified, but the open-air garden space definitely gives off serious Jane Austen energy. In fact, the backyard’s so-called “potting palace” (basically a fancy potting shed) was so fetching it was once featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

If you do host a tea party out there, don’t forget to point out the tiled fountain to guests, too. It’s the only existing fountain designed and built by Ernest Batchelder, a leader in the American Arts and Crafts movement and one of California’s most recognized tile-makers.

You can then take your crumpets around the grounds to admire the drought-resistant landscaping, sleeping porch, Old World craftsmanship, and wet bar. Now, where did Mr. Darcy run off to?

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