Star soccer goalie aims to make a 54 percent profit, but it’s a mystery why she would sell it just days after telling the world how much she loves being there.
Just days after touting her Kirkland mansion as the place she’s happiest, soccer superstar Hope Solo has put the home where she lives with her husband, a former Seahawk, up for sale.
Solo was featured in a first-person piece in The Wall Street Journal at the end of June, photographed with her two dogs at the Eastside mansion.
“It’s the place I’m happiest,” Solo wrote in the piece that appeared June 28. The home hit the market four days later.
It’s unclear why she’s selling or where she’s going — a spokeswoman declined comment, and the listing agent did not return messages seeking comment.
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One potential reason? To try and cash in on the local real estate price boom.
Solo listed the property for $1.85 million, after buying it for $1.2 million in 2012.
If the home sells for that price, it would net her a 54 percent profit, in line with what other local sellers are seeing. In that neighborhood, the median home price has soared 65 percent since she bought there four years ago, from $379,900 to $625,000 today, according to data from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. That tracks a similar, 59 percent rise across all of King County during that span.
Solo in May sold a much smaller house in Kirkland for $355,000 after buying it for $259,000 in 2005.
The latest home for sale is certainly in a gorgeous location — next to the lake, nestled against a tree-lined hill, with mountain and city views. The 5,300-square-foot, four-bedroom house on NE 138th Place has a full-sized tennis court with a basketball hoop, two garages with room for six cars, a pool and hot tub, wine cellar, two fireplaces and a “chef’s kitchen.”
The city placed a $20,633 lien against the property in 2013 for an emergency sewer project in the neighborhood, and Solo satisfied the lien last month.
The Richland native and former University of Washington standout is now the goalie for the Seattle Reign FC. The former Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion is getting ready to help the U.S. women’s team in the Olympics next month in Rio.
Solo, 34, lives in the home with her husband Jerramy Stevens, a former tight end for the Seattle Seahawks.
Not mentioned in the listing is the home’s checkered past. In 2012, shortly after Solo moved in, her then-fiancée, Stevens, was arrested at the house on suspicion of assaulting Solo, though he was never charged. The couple got married quickly after the arrest.
In a separate incident, Kirkland police arrested Solo in 2014 at her half-sister’s house. She still faces charges over the incident, in which police say she assaulted her half-sister and nephew.