Home of the Week: The Lady Willie - a 4-Bedroom Piece of Seattle History

4212 Washington Ave, Seattle, WA
| Updated: November 27, 2018

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4212 Washington Ave W | Seattle, WA
4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | Square Feet: 4,185 Interior | 14,991 Lot SF

Built in 1904, this home has never before been privately owned. It's been fully restored and updated to meet high contemporary standards, while preserving the charm and history of sturdy framing and generous old-growth trims no longer available. Enjoy this in-city retreat in the heart of Seattle’s 534-acre Discovery Park. Unequaled Western views, veranda dining, 12-miles of trails, driftwood strewn beaches on the outside and new systems inside provide for an unmatched lifestyle, and a proud legacy. This home also qualifies for a special Historic Preservation Tax Abatement which results in a reduction in property taxes due for 10 years.

About the name: Lady Willie Forbus was one of the first women to practice law in Seattle and the first to represent the 44th District in the state senate. A resident of Magnolia, she was nicknamed the Steel Magnolia for her tenacious advocacy of children's rights and equal opportunity for women. A single mother for many of her years in the senate, Lady Willie was a former board member of the Friends of Discovery Park. She died at 100 years old in 1993.


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