A modern home designed by the renowned midcentury architect Moritz Kundig in Nine Mile Falls, WA, has had only two owners since 1962: the original family and the home’s current seller, who bought it just two years ago. It’s now on the market for $1.1 million.
Kundig designed the 3,390-square-foot home for the Wallmark family on a wooded, 10-acre lot just outside Spokane, hugging Long Lake. C. Leonard and Mable Wallmark lived there with their five kids, who inherited the residence after their parents passed away.
Although they didn’t live in it as adults, two of the children—Carol Taggart and Joanne Wallmark—held onto the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home until 2018, selling to the current owner for $670,000.
“They were emotionally attached to this house,” says the listing agent, Alice Galeotti of Windermere North.
The current owners are having an equally hard time letting it go.
“They absolutely do not want to sell, but their life circumstances force them to,” says Galeotti.
The asking price reflects renovations made over the past couple of years. Original to the home—and in great condition—are custom teak cabinets in the laundry room and kitchen, terrazzo tile floors, and cedar ceilings.
A wall of locally sourced lava with two fireplaces divides the living room and den, and skylights coax in natural light. Walls of windows in the living room overlook the lake. The views can be enjoyed from two decks, as well as two new concrete patios.
The property has a private path to 700 feet of private shoreline, as well as access to boating.
Furnishings in the home, which is listed on the Spokane Register of Historic Places, can be bought by the buyer for an additional fee.
Included on an itemized two-page list are Eames-style vegan-leather lounge chairs with ottomans, a teak dining set by Dux, and another dining set by Niels Otto Møller. Also for sale are midcentury modern-style planters (including a macramé hanging planter), a George Nelson bubbly lamp, and an infrared sauna purchased new in late 2019.
At 94 years old, Kundig is well-known in Washington for his residential designs, says Galeotti. He’s also the father of the contemporary architect Tom Kundig, the owner of Olson Kundig Architects. The firm’s projects include Charles Smith Wines’ tasting rooms in Jet City and Walla Walla, WA, several art museums, and homes all over the country.
Items original to the design include floor carpeting, a blender with its motor embedded in the kitchen counter, and a lever in one bath that’s attached to a scale.
“You get that feeling like you’re walking into the era,” says Galeotti. “With homes like this, it’s the story that sells the home. It’s kind of a love story. They created their dream home and lived in it for decades.”
In 1973, the Wallmarks added a solarium after C. Leonard contracted multiple sclerosis and was confined to a wheelchair, sidetracking his dream to build an orchard on the property.
Galeotti thinks that for buyers who have “a previous love affair with midcentury modern design, this house is definitely in their sweet spot.”
“I can see someone coming in and, if they want new appliances, putting in new retro versions,” she says. “The spirit of the house is one where someone would buy it and want to preserve it.”
The buyer might also be drawn to a mid-sized city like Spokane.
“It’s attracting a lot of big-city workers who can telecommute,” Galeotti says. “It’s got this great balance of being in the middle of nowhere but also right there in the city.”
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