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Cashmere Tudor feels like home

By on September 23, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
A luxurious two-part living room — perhaps once a parlor plus? — lets homeowners customize the use with furniture placement.

Story By Susan Lagsdin

Photos by Terry Wadkins Photography

Jennifer Burleson had admired the tall, brick and handsome house in Cashmere for a long time. 

“We used to drive by just to look at it. I’ve always loved this house, and I never imagined I would ever live here,” she said. 

But when she and her soon-to-be husband Randy, also a Wenatchee Valley native, blended their family of six (ranging from 11-19 — two kids of hers, two of his) they needed a big home to give everyone plenty of space. 

A full, tiled fireplace anchors one end of the living room.

 It’s a sad fact that some elderly houses have histories of abuse, and some have been shoddily built and re-built. Neither remotely applies in this case. 

The 1930 Tudor on Chase Street that the couple purchased five years ago, almost on sight, featured two major positives besides its size and its classic good looks.

The 3,472-square-foot house had been lovingly cared for since its construction almost 90 years ago, and the previous owner (only the third to live there) skillfully re-furbished it while keeping its character, adding considerable structural and aesthetic value. 

High-end appliances combine nicely with sunny yellow paint and recently-installed but old-look windows and Marmoleum surfaces for an atmospheric, but not antique, kitchen.

The house was perfect for the new-made family in many ways. Three levels promised privacy, a huge main floor living room and a basement family room offered flexibility, and the location made it a perfect base of operations for Jennifer, who works from her home office for Confluence Health, and Randy, who travels to the region’s apple orchards as a consulting field man.

When the family moved in, the value of the newest updates was immediately clear. The basement had been finished and a bath added, the spacious kitchen had all new (’30s-look) cabinetry, windows and Marmoleum surfaces, the plumbing and electrical systems were updated and most importantly, a full house HVAC system offered consistent cool in the summer, warmth in the winter.

Though some thoughtful updates to enhance form and function have been made throughout the house, most features of this classic 1930’s bathroom on the main floor are original.

The most dominant impression now, though, is the stopped-in-time aura of the original dwelling. 

The first builder/owners, Henry and Ida Hagman, might be proud to see their own new-house choices respected: the leaded windows and their well-maintained gumwood frames and trim, the old growth oak flooring, the painted newel post and stair rails, door knobs and light fixtures, built-in cabinetry, a telephone nook, the green-tiled guest bath.

The previous owner’s remodeling and vintage finds followed by the Burleson’s taste for simplicity create a subtle homage to 1930, not kitschy faux history. Archways, built-ins and glass-paned pocket doors are original, but some inviting details are a mix of original and contemporary choices. 

Untypically large windows make the house light, but Jennifer also took down heavy living room drapes and substituted sheer lace panels for wooden shutters. 

Compact bedroom closets gain space with modern white-wire fixtures, the kitchen features a caterer’s size Wolf gas range. The butler’s pantry has electric appliances at the ready as well as a home computer, and the gracious living areas have plenty of plugs for ethernet. Retro-look light fixtures mingle nicely with the original ones.

This street view of the home shows the original owner/builder’s distinctive Cashmere-bridge style concrete work on the driveway and the garage with its whimsical curve.

Harry Hagman might be especially glad that subsequent owners retained his original decorative concrete work, some of it mimicking the design of the construction he did in the area. 

The pattern of the middle Cashmere bridge is most evident on the home’s street side retaining wall, but he also created tabletops, walkways, the small garage, a doghouse, clothesline stanchions, window facings and a particularly charming tiled fireplace.

Though the hillside corner lot is just a shy quarter-acre, the shade trees and plush lawn are inviting, and over the years the back side of the house (seen in an old photo as flat with few windows) has gained a spacious deck with awning, BBQ gear and lots of comfy seating. Randy said in summer the couple spends lots of quality time there, mostly early mornings and late afternoons. 

The family loves and lived happily with the older-style amenities like closets, bathrooms, stairways and storage from a different time. 

Randy said, “It seems like every house I’ve ever lived in has needed some work, and so I’ve done a lot of remodeling. But when we first saw it, this place was completely finished.” 

Jennifer is aware that another owner might bring their own creative sensibility and needs to the big brick and concrete home, which seems structurally stable enough to easily handle a major re-do.

What’s next for this family? Three kids have moved away to pursue their own goals, with one high school sophomore left at home. Jennifer and Randy, not yet empty nesters, are nevertheless realistic about how they’d like to live going forward as a family of three, and then two. They are ready for a smaller place, with maybe fewer floors, fewer rooms. 

Realtors Cami and Kevin Lynch with BHHS-Leavenworth Properties have listed their house, and the Burlesons are starting to look for a new home.

They have plenty of choices within range of north central Washington. They love vacationing in the Curlew area and the Methow, but for the near future their jobs and their son’s schooling mean that they’ll likely stay close to their hometowns of Leavenworth and Cashmere. 

Maybe someday they — or their children — will drive by the lovely old-fashioned corner house again and remember what a pleasure it was to become a family there. 

Have an idea for a home we should feature?

If you’d like us to consider your remodel, a new home, or historic, unique, grand, or otherwise intriguing house, please submit a brief project summary to Susan Lagsdin at sjlagsdin@yahoo.com.

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