Homeowners Tom & Jennifer McDonald are putting a little piece of Magnolia history on the market. Their 1908 residence, one of the original structures on the Magnolia Dairy Farm, is up for sale.
“We were completely sold the moment we saw the home back in 2007, although it was in need of a good facelift. Everything needed updating, but the potential was there. The bones were great,” says Jennifer.
Over the next few years, Tom and Jennifer made their home what they had originally envisioned. And during those years, they also added to their family. McDonald continues “In 2007, we were newly married and enjoying house projects on the weekends. We are now parents to three girls, ages 5 and under. Our weekends are spent very differently these days. We walk down the street to Ella Bailey, take our beagle to the dog park, or stroll into the village for dinner and ice cream. The location of the home is ideal for us.”
It was also ideal for the producers of House Hunters, a popular home show on HGTV. The home was filmed just last month and will be featured on an upcoming episode. “I’ve watched the show for years,” says Jennifer. “When we were approached with the opportunity to be involved, we jumped at the chance. Homes like this, with a story to tell, are rare. That’s one of the great things about Seattle. You just can’t replicate this kind of character.” The McDonalds are excited for the next owners to enjoy making this home their own. “Hidden beneath the carpets are the original 1908 fir floors. I would have loved to have gotten my hands on those…but now it’s someone else’s turn to put their touches on this home.”
The McDonalds now live primarily in Texas, but return to Seattle for most of the summer. “We start counting down the days in May, and can’t wait to get back home to Magnolia each year. Work may keep us in Houston, but our hearts remain in Seattle,” Jennifer exclaims.