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Seattle’s Song House Comes with Picture-Perfect Skyline Views & A Beautiful Legacy

Once home to beloved local news anchor Kathi Goertzen, this spectacular home is listed for $4,850,000

Image credit: Engel & Voelkers Seattle

What better way to take your morning coffee than with the whole Seattle skyline at your feet?

1241 Bigelow Ave has many things working for it: a beautiful nickname (the property is lovingly referred to as The Song House, scroll down to find out why), a fabulous location (the affluent Queen Anne neighborhood, set northwest of downtown Seattle), scenic skyline views, and an interior design to match. Not to mention some beautiful stories to add to its charm.

Property scoop:

  • Listing price: $4,850,000
  • Square footage: 5,100 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Baths: 4
  • Listing agents: Val Burmester & Taji DeGross with Engels & Volkers Seattle
  • Selling points: a wine cellar, a huge walk-in closet with a boudoir, cinema room, solar-heated swimming pool
Image credit: Engel & Voelkers Seattle

Home bears the legacy of inspirational role model Kathi Goertzen

The property was once home to Kathi Goertzen, a beloved KOMO-TV news anchor and winner of five regional Emmy Awards, whose investigative pieces and news series have been highly praised throughout the years.

Kathi also made her mark on history by being the first U.S. female news reporter to report on the fall of the Berlin wall, but what many people remember her for is the bravery and openness she showed in the face of illness, not shying away from publicly documenting her journey and struggles — after being diagnosed with recurring meningiomas.

A Queen Anne High School graduate, Kathi Goertzen remained faithful to the area, setting roots at the 1241 Bigelow Ave N property, which she called home until passing away in 2012 after complications due to her long battles with the terrible disease.

What Kathi left behind — on top of a timeless legacy — was a beautiful home that the new owners wanted to truly make their own. And did so with the utmost grace and style.

Image credit: Engel & Volkers Seattle
Image credit: Engel & Volkers Seattle
Image credit: Engel & Volkers Seattle
Image credit: Engel & Volkers Seattle

The beauty in a name: The Song House hints at the Song Dynasty

The address of the property, 1241, reminds of the legacy of Chinese philosopher, politician, and writer of the Song dynasty, Zhu Xi. It was in the year 1241 that Emperor Lizong — the 14th emperor of the Song Dynasty — showed his unrelenting support for Zhu Xi’s teachings by placing a memorial tablet in the Confucian Temple, elevating him to Confucian sainthood.

Zhu Xi was the leading figure of the School of Principle and the most influential rationalist Neo-Confucian in China, often referred to as the second most influential thinker in Chinese history, after Confucius himself.

And I couldn’t imagine a more harmonious and elegant home to bear such a beautiful reference in its name. In fact, the address and significance attached to it was one of the things that attracted the current owners when they bought the property.

Image credit: Engel & Volkers Seattle
Image credit: Engel & Volkers Seattle
Image credit: Engel & Volkers Seattle

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Written by Georgie Mihaila

With a decade-long career in the real estate industry, Georgie started penning articles in 2011 as an associate editor for Multi-Housing News & Commercial Property News. She later transitioned to digital marketing for major real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes, led the marketing division of fintech start-up NestReady, and served as marketing director for the world's biggest inspirational media brand, Goalcast. She then returned to her first passion, real estate writing, and founded Fancy Pants Homes, where she covers luxury real estate news, celebrity homes, and properties with an impact on popular culture.

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