Mercer Island sits in the middle of Lake Washington, between Seattle to the west and the tech-heavy city of Bellevue to the east, accessed by floating bridges on both sides. Sound exclusive? It is. Paul Allen, the recently deceased co-founder of Microsoft, lived here, as does Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz. So, yeah, it’s that kind of high end.
This property for sale, however, is slightly more affordable than would be the Allen and Schultz estates. Asking $3.65 million, the 4,380-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home presides over a 0.27-acre parcel on a quiet cul-de-sac.
The well-designed house combines concrete, steel, wood, walls of glass and dramatic vaulted ceilings to create a space that’s both homey and inviting, yet capacious enough for large parties. Polished concrete floors run throughout the vast, loft-like great room. The living room, with fireplace, is open to the kitchen and dining area, creating great flow, while the kitchen enjoys a massive eight-person island.
Overnight guests are luxuriously accommodated with a main floor guest suite (also perfect for older or infirm relatives), which leads to the back yard and decking. Up the architectural steel staircase are two guest bedrooms with a shared bathroom as well as the primary suite, complete with private sun deck.
There’s a large deck atop the garage, and out back, tree-shielded yard includes a fun play area for the children, while the adults can slip into the endless swim spa for some relaxation or exercise.