For most of the country, Mercer Island is an unfamiliar treasure, which, nonetheless, huddles in plain sight. Floating in the heart of Lake Washington, between Seattle to the west and Bellevue to the east, the island has for long welcomed the region’s well-off dwellers in search for a summer retreat. Today, however, Mercer has evolved into a residential hub of its own. And yet, amid the luxury it offers, it has managed to preserve its natural appeal.
Hedy Joyce, Haute Residence partner, broker and Global Luxury Specialist with Coldwell Banker Bain, takes us on a tour of Mercer Island’s most opulent homes.
Any Entertainer’s Dream House
This modern 2017 built is a true knockout. Its sumptuous exterior rises amid a picturesque setting, and harbors over 5,000 square feet of luxurious living space. The $3,188,000 home has 4 bedrooms and as many bathrooms that are designed with serenity and sophistication in mind. But what infuses 8235 SE 31st Street with a sense of timeless appeal are its common areas that exceed the expectations of any entertainment-prone host. The dining room is big enough to comfortably sit up to 16 people, while the two-story great room, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, invites an after-dinner rewind. The impressive wine cellar and wet bar are not only solid conversation anchors, they easily are the lifeblood of any soiree. And if anyone needs to stay the night, the lower level has an elegant guest suite.
Courtesy: Schuler/Rosenwald, CBB
When Nature Beckons
The big city wears with its constant bustle, yet its amenities are hard to part with. 7220 N Mercer Way, however, offers the best of both worlds – the convenience of city life and the peace of nature. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, on the northern tip of Mercer Island, this $6.5-million home rises among majestic sequoias to offer incredible vistas. More than a breath-taking retreat, it is an opulent residence with recently upgraded interior and sizable water frontage to immerse in the flora and fauna of the area.
Courtesy: Truex, WRE
A Sanctuary of Modern Splendor
Just down the road, 7450 N Mercer Way is on the market for the first time. Custom-built on a ¾-acre lot, the home flaunts unrivaled luxury, grounded in thoughtful amenities and exquisite finishes. Equipped with the latest appliances, the kitchen boasts Calacatta marble and a chic butler’s pantry. The covered deck, merging into a manicured lawn and a private dock, invites festivities. The 4-car garage features a Tesla plug-in to accommodate the needs of discerning drivers. Listed for $8,650,000, this 2-story home is a sanctuary of modern splendor.
Courtesy: DeBray, Sotheby’s
An Art Connoisseur’s Perfect Abode
5330 Butterworth Rd is remarkable on many levels. Its elaborate gardens race toward the cerulean waters of the lake. Its architectural fountains rise toward the clear skies. Its seven-room master suite pivots nearly 15,000 square feet of sheer lavishness. Then, there is the 80-foot gallery, the state-of-the-art movie theatre, the inventive billiard parlor, the private tennis court, the indoor spa. To put it succinctly, the $19,888,000 home has no rival.
Courtesy: Lister, CBB
6211 77th Ave SE has for long captured locals’ admiration. Rising over a low-bank waterfront, the home’s architecture is at once timeless and artistic. While every room has its own appeal, the dreamy main-floor master suite and the cutting-edge kitchen are the unequivocal gems of this $6.5-million home. And yet, the outdoors offers a world of its own. The spa and the yachtman’s dock and the party platform and the intimate cabana – the outside structures allow for endless entertainment.
Courtesy: Bayley, WRE
Located in the desirable First Hill neighborhood, 2460 73rd Ave SE is a luxurious new construction that combines the comforts of modern design with the appeal of old-day simplicity. Its open-floor not only cues to the sophistication of new builds, it brings easiness to every-day life. The magnificent great room, anchored by two fireplaces, flows to the formal dining area that opens to an expansive covered deck. To the side is the chef’s kitchen, and opposite it a flight of stairs leads to the plush recreation room. The one-of-a-kind finishes complete the downright splendor of this $3,800,000 residence.
Courtesy: Whittaker, CBB
Where the Past and Present Are One
History resides at 4609 Forest Ave SE, a 1931 Tudor residence that has maintained its Shakespearean allure throughout the decades. Its original stained glass and hardware features, alongside the high ceilings, underwent a splendid renovation in 2016. The $4-millon home comes with a little over 40 feet of waterfront and a 90-foot dock, which comprise the perfect setting to marvel at the Seattle skyline. The residence might have witnessed times now bygone, but its smart upgrades bring it into the lavishness of present day.
Courtesy: Weidner, Avenue
Exhilarating Home For Lavish Lifestyle
4731 Forest Ave SE was constructed for those who take life in exhilarating strides. The $7,890,000 residence flaunts some 100 feet of prime western waterfrontage that rim its half-acre lot, which runs from the street to the lake. The main home charms with its rich details and thoughtful amenities, while the oversized deck reveals picture-perfect vistas of the lake, the Olympic mountains and the Seattle skyline. The estate, complete with a 3-car garage, a wine room and guest quarters, becomes even more alluring under the amber veil of the sunset.
Courtesy: Trull/Boyd, CBB
Hedy Joyce is the exclusive agent representing the Mercer Island, Washington real estate market as a member of Haute Residence Real Estate Network. View all of her listings here.
Images courtesy MLS Listings