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Bold hillside beauty

By on December 24, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments

Story by Susan Lagsdin

The home’s three floors are distinctive here – the basement has recreation and sleeping rooms and plenty of storage, and two full bedroom suites are up high for optimum views. Full time living can stay contained on the central level.

This house on its view-grabbing seven acres at Eagle Rock, is available for $1.5 million. 

What does that look like in Wenatchee?

It is a surprise from the first walk-in. It’s decidedly big (at 6,000-plus square feet) and carries all the cachet of classical grandeur — arches, columns, rotunda, paned and bowed windows, vast views and serene landscaping, and yet in its scale and flow it is essentially comfortable and unpretentious. It feels like a place where you could sit down and read a book, grab a cup of coffee, groom the dog. 

When their new family home was first envisioned, Jack and Patty Jones still lived in Quincy but thought they’d soon be raising their four kids in its spatial luxury and sending them to Wenatchee schools. However, from first dream to walk-in ready took more years than intended. Maureen and Jeff had already graduated from Quincy High School, and so only Megan and Greg were Wenatchee grads.

White oak flooring glows against the pale dove gray and white color used throughout the house. The family-friendly open-plan living area demonstrates the owners’ initial intentions in 1992, yet fits 2019 standards.

The house may have missed the first round of childish laughter and clambering footsteps on the stairs, but it fulfilled its promises well over its next 25 years. The Joneses (both of whom have passed away) might be proud to know how highly regarded it still is.  

Daughter Maureen cites a few instances when the siblings were able to return for an extended visit, grandchildren in tow. “Our home was always there when we needed it — it was definitely a place we could come back to.” She is also pleased that both her parents were able to live long and happily in the home’s embrace. Designed to live in as long as possible, the “forever house” was never meant as a retirement home — the Joneses were too active for that.

Built to feed and entertain an extended family, the kitchen features a large-scale refrigerator and double ovens and is dominated by the wide countertop. The informal dining space provides yet another valley-wide view.

After the move to the new place in 1992, Jack Jones drove to work every day from high atop the hill to his farm in Quincy. (That farm, still maintained by the two sons, has been planted through the decades to produce just what the market needs, from onions and potatoes through apples to grapes, and is now best known as a vineyard and winery: Jones of Washington.)

At the house, Patty’s domain, crabapple trees were planted on the drive, a “baby vineyard” to the side, and evergreens for privacy.

In the home’s planning stages Patty scrutinized dozens of Architectural Digest magazines but Maureen said that later her mother confessed, “If I’d known ahead of time what a big deal our architect (Curtis Gelotte of Kirkland) was I wouldn’t have had the nerve…”

Gelotte managed the three-level home’s superstructure but Patty’s eye was on every design detail including color, tile, windows, trim and flooring.

Big French doors swing wide open to the entrance portico, the paved parking area, complete with basketball back board and a three-car garage. Colonnades, arches and a rotunda add a touch of classical elegance.

Camiekae Lynch of Leavenworth Properties, which has listed the property for sale, hosted a walkabout through the home.  Exquisitely maintained from its first day, the house retains a brand-new look with many details that suit the 2019 buyer. Some of Patty Jones’s original choices that presaged the current demands of homeowners are white and dove gray paint throughout, oak quarter-sawn flooring, ceramic and Italian marble tilework. She told people the house didn’t need paintings on the walls — the views were the artwork.

Another feature that could easily be found in a brand new home is the familiar open plan, where main floor activity flows unimpeded from dining to kitchen to living room. The rounded counter in the bright-white kitchen symbolizes that very contemporary sensibility.  

But, in addition to that informal area and a windowside breakfast nook, the Joneses also reserved a spacious formal dining area off the entrance foyer.

Salon, conservatory, library, sitting room or office – this side room lends itself to a variety of uses, but the Jones family found the grand piano fit perfectly. The traditional multi-paned windows are a strong repeated feature.

The main floor master suite features a “bathing room” (shower and tub) in the bathroom, a workout room, walls of extra storage, and a small office nearby. It’s designed for separation from the four other bedrooms and makes the main floor the heart of the house for owners.

Two full bed and bath suites with a connecting balcony are upstairs; two bedrooms downstairs share a bath and open on to a large recreation room with a small kitchen.

An especially luxurious feature of this home is the newly-renovated 1,800-square-foot indoor recreation area for the pool and hot tub, with French doors leading to a sheltered patio, a comfort on this high and open hillside. Maureen said, “My daughter learned to swim in this pool when she was only three; we’d go to birthday parties, and if there was a pool she’d jump in the deep end, no problem.”

An untypical Wenatchee home feature, the original 1,800-square-foot natatorium was recently updated. The swimming pool and spa tub are covered for year-round use, but sets of French doors open up to the sunny patio.

What’s the future of this grand but welcoming house?

Will it become a getaway from urban stress? A kid-filled family home or a pleasure palace for entertaining?  

Whatever the new owners appreciate about the privacy, the space and the design, there is also the stunning view. At the end of the day they can pull up a chair and catch Wenatchee’s city lights, glistening rivers, orchards, foothills and peaks from just about every window.

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.

Wraparound views from the yard and almost every window stretch from the Palisades almost to Monitor. Lawns and trees surround the home, while most of the steep acreage remains in sage and grasses.

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