These days, many of us would require a substantial lottery payout to muster even a down payment for any sizable Puget Sound–area dwelling, never mind the sort of place where one needs both hands to count the number of bathrooms. But who doesn’t love a peek at a blinged-out abode? Check out these three luxe lookers spotted on the Eastside. Come on, Powerball!
18884 SE 42nd St.
The overview: This sprawling manse offers an amazing eyeful with a whopping 27 rooms, including six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, for a total of 10,800 square feet. Inside, there’s a full gym; outside, an athletic court and chimney climbing wall. Off-site attractions are easily accessed: I-90 is conveniently adjacent to the property, and nearby you’ll find an array of parks (Lakemont, Lake Sammamish), restaurants (Chinoise, Coho Café) and shops (REI, PCC).
Inside and out: Owners Craig and Danna Kinzer (he’s a commercial real estate broker, she owns Butter Me Up bakery) had this showstopper designed as a Victorian Craftsman. The exterior features a mix of cedar shingles, Montana Bitterroot stone siding and a turret topped by a copper roof, which segues to a stunning two-story rotunda entrance with a stained-glass dome. Every room revels in Old World stylings: antiqued wood cabinetry and wainscoting, crown moldings and the occasional Roman column. The kitchen also boasts boxed beam ceilings (as well as Wolf, Viking, Dacor and Sub-Zero appliances), a design feature it shares, in addition to a sliding glass NanaWall, with the adjacent great room. Less apparent showmanship includes slyly hidden doors, passageways and rooms, and a “secret” four-story spiral staircase leading from the basement wine cellar to the rooftop widow’s walk outlook.
Outside is as breathtaking as indoors: a Shangri-La landscape of palm trees, rockery and spectacular waterworks, including a 10,000-gallon koi fish pond and indoor/outdoor infinity-edge pool. It all culminates in 177 feet of sandy private beachfront and a 1,200-square-foot private dock (which is grandfathered) with two covered slips and a boat lift. Of course, it’s the biggest dock on the lake.
The details: $11.9 million; Built in 2008; 10,800 SQF; $1,111 per SQF; 6 beds, 9 baths; Parking: 5-car attached garage; 0.9 acre
Listing agent: John Kritsonis, 206.498.0288, Karl Lindor, 206.890.8227, Windermere Real Estate East/Inc.; KritsonisLindor.com
2403 Evergreen Point Road
The overview: This four-bedroom, seven-bathroom Medina pearl certainly merits its real estate agency’s dramatic digital tour, sweeping over Lake Washington, up a winding driveway and in through stately double doors. Equally dreamy: Seattle is a short hop away on State Route 520; Medina Park, Medina Beach, Overlake Golf & Country Club and Queen Bee Cafe are just a 20-minute walk away; and downtown Bellevue’s rich menu of dining and shopping (from Bellevue Square to The Bravern) is nearby. (“Steal” alert: Price was reduced by $2 million.)
BELLE-VIEW: For a cool $17.9 million this gorgeous Medina home, complete with vista, can be yours. Photo by Ala Photography
Inside and out: Your jaw might noticeably drop as you take in this big, white wave of colonial-style architecture, replete with brilliant clapboards, spiring chimneys and a classic portico. The wow factor spikes even higher when the front doors open and you catch a straight-through-the-house glimpse of lake, trees and sky. Spacious, primarily white interiors, completely rebuilt in 2016, dazzle with custom cabinetry and millwork, lush finishes and spectacular designer lighting. Cascading chandeliers mark the entry, living room and kitchen, working in tandem with copious natural daylight from a big bay of windows to make its white marble features and Kallista fixtures gleam.
Dedicated spaces with thoughtful touches abound: The music and game room comes soundproofed; the exercise room includes a sauna; the master bedroom is lined in white cotton panels (and has deck and lake views); the media room wrapped in wall-to-ceiling Phillip Jeffries wallpaper (and includes a Sony projection system); and the office is dressed in silvered antiqued mirroring. Tech perks include a robust security system, Savant smart-home automation and Aprilaire air-purification system. But wait, there’s more: a three-story, Cape Cod–esque cabana—with a full kitchen, dining room and top-floor bedroom with 270-degree view—set by the water’s edge.
The details: $17.9 million; Built in 2003; 8,620 SQF; $2,077 per SQF; 4 beds, 7 baths; Parking: 2-car attached, 2-detached auto court; 1.2 acres
Architect/builder: Stillwell Hanson Architects, Schultz Miller
Listing agent: Haleh Clapp, Compass; 310.430.8672; email@example.com
The overview: When a listing features an “undisclosed” street address and gold filigree wrought-iron double gates marking a private drive, you can bet the property is something to behold. Bonus points: This five-bedroom, six-and-three-quarter-bathroom estate is set amidst the backdrop of Bridle Trails State Park and its 28 miles of forested trails. Of course, we can’t vouch for exact distances, but it is situated to enjoy all points Eastside—just a chucker or two from Bridlewood Stables, and close to Houghton Beach and Carillon Point venues (Woodmark Hotel, new restaurant Como), downtown Bellevue, the Bellevue Golf Course and Marymoor Park.
LUXE LIFE: Behind a private Bellevue drive’s wrought-iron gates sits an architectural ode to extravagance. Photo by Paul Gjording
Inside and out: Palatial would not be an overstatement. Regal dimensions, rich brickwork and two-story colonnade entrance, manicured and hedged grounds, and spouting Italian fountains reign outside, while opulent European finishes and flourishes in dark woods, marble and onyx hold court inside. There’s a striking mosaic foyer and grand staircase, with Schonbek Strass crystal chandeliers and fireplaces (five on the main floor alone) casting a rarefied glow, plus posh rooms galore, including indoor and outdoor kitchens, wet bar and wine cellar. There’s also a wood-paneled theater, office and billiard salon, and a master bedroom loaded with luxe appointments, including an en suite bathroom in dark marble and onyx, with heated marble floors, a jetted tub and cedar sauna. All tech is state-of-the-art, from integrated lighting, audio, video security and HVAC controls to a home theater with Krell audio, Sony projector display and surround sound. Oh, and there’s an indoor Olympic-size pool that comes cozily accompanied by a steam shower, sauna and fireside Jacuzzi tub.
The details: $13.9 million; Built in 2001; 9,985 SQF; $1,401 per SQF; 5 beds, 6.75 baths; Parking: 4-car detached garage; 1 acre
Listing agents: John Kritsonis, 206.498.0288, Karl Lindor, 206.890.8227, Windermere Real Estate East/Inc.; KritsonisLindor.com
Editor’s note: Homes shown may have been sold.