If you want to live the high life in Washington state, you'll need a suitable property, preferably with water views, acreage and a 2200-foot landing strip.
There’s quite a bit of hubbub recently about real estate in the Seattle area: bidding wars, $1,000 rent hikes, and ongoing discussions about equitable housing practices.
And recently released data show that home prices in Washington are rising faster than any state in the country.
If you like, you can distract yourself by checking out the 10 most expensive real-estate listings in Washington state.
With the entry-level price point being about $11 million, the data about rising statewide real estate doesn’t begin to touch these luxury home listings. It’s interesting to consider the locations: Seattle and Bellevue claim one apiece, with two each for Vashon and Mercer islands. The remaining homes are sprinkled across the shorelines of Puget Sound.
All information presented here reflects recent asking prices as listed on Trulia, which are subject to change. Here they are, in reverse order:
4911 Northeast Laurelcrest Lane, Seattle
This 11,809-square-foot home in Laurelhurst will allow you to perform all basic human functions with a commanding view of Lake Washington: eat, sleep, bathe, exercise, email — and monitor traffic conditions on the 520 bridge. Having guests over? There’s room for everyone in the home’s seven bedrooms, and the lakeside fire pit — or the dock, or the lawn, or the upper patio, or the lower patio — is perfect for entertaining.
512 Catspaw Lane, Eastsound
While this house borrows accents from a rustic lodge — wood floors, exposed wooden beams, barn-like bathroom doors — the 8-bedroom, 10,251-square-foot home is anything but unrefined. The house is situated on 42 acres; the property’s shoreline gradually tapers from steep banks to a beach.
6024 Southeast 22nd Street, Mercer Island
The tile roof and starter home-sized cabana lends this 1.3 acre Mercer Island estate a vaguely Spanish tinge. Attractively landscaped (even the dock has Astroturf) you’ll be in another world, but only minutes away from downtown Seattle by either car — or boat. Opportunities like this don’t come around often, so be sure to act fast: The listing notes that this property is being offered for the first time in over 70 years.
Undisclosed street address, Bellevue
From the moment you enter this 13,000-square-foot home’s ornate gates, baroque accents will catch your eye. Marble, granite and onyx await you on the floors, the staircases and the bathroom walls. Italian fountains punctuate the 2 acres of private grounds. Located in Bellevue’s Bridle Trails neighborhood, this property gives you entre to the equestrian lifestyle. And speaking of horse, you can cool down from a pickup game on the basketball court while watching a big-screen television from the indoor pool.
67 Roulac Lane, Friday Harbor
Overheard in the newsroom: “You’re paying for restraint with this one.” No quibbles here, but the potential buyer can let loose a little bit in the sheltered bay that adjoins the property: there’s a 360-foot-long dock for a large yacht.
8415 Southwest Soper Road, Vashon Island
This 10,000-square-foot Vashon home has its own lighthouse — what else is there to say?
Address not disclosed, Blakely Island
This approximately 29-acre property is as close to owing an island as you can get without actually owning an island. Sound views, island views, mountain views. A private, gated road provides access to Blakely Island proper, but with a boathouse that can accommodate a 110-foot yacht, why bother?
678 Primrose Lane, Friday Harbor
Amenities abound in this 21-acre estate, built in 2013. Dubbed the “Eagle’s Nest,” it features a greenhouse, a small movie theater, a billiard room and a mock wine cellar with a faux vineyard view, rendered in paint. An ample driveway connects the main house to several other smaller houses on the property, allowing the buyer potential rental income.
5330 Butterworth Road, Mercer Island
Some descriptors from the listing include triumphant, sprawling, majesty, opulent, inventive, distinguished. It’s hard to disagree. AND there’s a scone and tea room at the waterside putting green.
SW 220th Street, Vashon Island
Taken in context with some of the homes listed above, the residence on this listing is comparatively unassuming: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 6,500 square feet. But this residence happens to sit on 525 acres, which encompass seven other houses for “guests or employees,” an arboretum, a driving range, cattle pastures, 8 miles of trails for hiking and horse-riding and a 12,000 square foot show room to display a vintage car collection.
Worried about getting around? The property includes a 2,200-foot landing strip for fixed-wing aircraft along with a roll-away heli-pad “for daily commuting.”
Although the Trulia price remains at $43 million, listing agent Brad Vancour says the price has subsequently been lowered to $33 million. It’s a big savings — you could almost snatch up that home in Laurelhurst with the difference — but the price is still enough to keep it in the vaunted postion of being the most expensive home in the state.
The late Seattle business magnate Thomas J. Stewart assembled the property, known as Misty Isle Farms, from 47 parcels.