Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mercer Island East Channel North - Mansions

South to North
This mansion was sold March 2013 for $5.7 million. It was listed for $6.3 million by Joan Bayley, Winderemere “At last the estate you've been looking for has just been completed! Huge flat lawn w/ sandy beach access,1+acre w/ 150 ft of sparkling wtfrnt. The significant stone & shingled exterior, boxed beamed ceilings, oversized moldings & rustic wood accents exude an old world elegance of an era gone by. Wide open great room concept. Professionally proportioned kitchen & butlers pantry. Entertainers deck w/ built-in firepit. Wood paneled den, theater rm, wine cellar. Large dock w/ 3 boat slips & lift.” The home is 6,338 sq ft on 1.0 acres with 150 feet of waterfront. It was sold by Kurt Dammier, the builder. It was purchased by Frank C. and Eileen Ellefsen who also own the former home of Mike and Kathy Holmgren on West Mercer (MI-SW Homes). Frank is a co-owner (with Dave Wells) of Puget Sound based Island Tug and Barge. The company, with 13 vessels, is a leader in PNW ship towing, vessel assist and marine construction support.
This is the former home of basketball star Rashard Lewis. He started his NBA career with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1998 and was one of their stars through the 2006-07 season. The home was sold 10/16/09 for $3.4 million. The mansion is 7,000 sq ft on 0.4 acres with 85 ft of waterfront.
This is the home of Frank A. Jr. and Charlene Blethen. Frank is the Publisher and CEO of The Seattle Times. Frank’s great grandfather, Alden J. Blethen, founded The Seattle Times in 1896 and Frank is the fourth generation of family leadership. Frank became Publisher in 1985. Frank’s son, Ryan Blethen, is Director of New Product Strategies and Associate Publisher. Frank’s cousin’s, Robert C. Blethen’s, former mansion in the Bellevue Meydenbauer Bay East - Mansions post. The home is 3,900 sq ft on 0.6 acres with 112 ft of waterfront.
This is the home of Jeffrey I. and Judith Greenstein. Jeffrey was the Chief Executive of Quellos Group, a Seattle investment firm. In 2011 he and his partner, Charles Wilk, were each sentenced to four years and two months of prison. They were found guilty of recruiting wealthy clients to execute one the largest tax-evasion scams in U.S. history involving $240 million of evaded taxes in one year. A Seattle Mansions blog post has more information. The mansion is 9,150 sq ft on 1.0 acres with 100 feet of waterfront.
Mercer Island teardown – 2.4 acres with large covered dock
A north end Mercer Island property was listed at $7.0 million and sold in the same month (6/27/11) for $6.8 million. The listing (Kathy Beckes, CB Danforth) stated: “North End Mercer Island, 2.4 ACRES, 150' No Bank Waterfront, Mesmerizing views . . . your own soccer field. Build your dream home, tennis court & swimming pool. No limits here! One-of-a-kind!” The property and sale were featured in the in a Seattle Mansions 1/5/11 post. The purchaser was listed as On the Rock 98040 LLC and the seller was Cordell J. Almond. Mr. Almond is a CPA, partner in the Hersman Serles Almond accounting and consulting firm and principal for Seidman Private Securities, LLC. The property consists of two parcels and is one of the largest low-bank, buildable properties on Mercer Island. The manager listed within the LLC is Scott Gibson. A Scott Gibson, along with other members of his family were the owners of Fatigue Technology, a former Tukwila based aerospace company.
This mansion is listed for $8 million by Scott Richards, Windermere. (No Realtor comments are currently included in the listing.) The mansion is 7,100 sq ft on 0.5 acres with 100 feet of waterfront. It is owned by James B. and Victoria V. Corcoran. He is CEO of UK based SAV Credit Limited. He was President of Retail Banking for Seattle based Washington Mutual from 2006 to mid 2008. The Corcorans purchased the property in 2007 for $6.7 million.
This is the home of Richard G. and Leslie West. Richard was Chairman and Managing Director of Seattle based Cruise West. The company was founded by this family in 1973 and specialized in small ship “up close, casual and personal” cruises. The line started with Alaska cruises and had expanded to numerous oceans, seas and rivers with nine 52 to 102 passenger ships. It went bankrupt in 2010. At the time it was the largest American-owned cruise line. The mansion is 9,670 sq ft on 0.64 acres with 100 feet of waterfront.
This mansion was listed for $5.3 million in 2012 and was lowered to $5.1 million in January 2013. It is also offered for $4.3 million without the 0.35 acre lot behind it. It is listed by Tere and David Foster, Windermere: “NORTH END Waterfront. Resting gently on a level lot w/ sandy beach & deep water moorage, this home offers expansive spaces w/ carefully crafted timeless details. Sunlight showers every space as you enjoy views of Lake Washington and the Bay. Entertaining is effortless in the dream kitchen with Dacor appliances, slab granite. A hand honed Oak staircase guides you to the upper level to the luxurious master suite. Includes additional lot with sport court behind home.” The property is owned by Robin Melin, the former wife of David W. Melin. The home is 4,850 sq ft on 0.7 acres and shares 100 feet of waterfront and a dock for three boats with the the property behind it.
This property was listed at $6.4 million in 2012. It is listed by Jennifer Ruud-Johnson, Re/Max: “Mezmerizing Elegance meets the edge of a private cove offering 100ft of lakefrontage. Summertime fun found on flat green lawns & private 150ft dock can host lge yacht. 1/2 acre+ manicured grounds boast privacy from all sides, boat-lift for your run-about, pool, hot-tub, luxury & class. Vast views to Meydenbauer & Bellevue-skyline. Exacting details, European chandeliers, French-flare, main flr master draws in picturesque views. Soaring ceilings, radiant heat, extensive parking. Truly a stunning property!” The property is owned by Douglas F. and Joan M. Ruud. Douglas is a Seattle based attorney. The mansion is 5,700 sq ft on 0.56 acres with 100 ft of waterfront.

(Updated 4/9/13)

Click on Bellevue Meydenbauer Bay East - Mansions for mansions to the northeast.
Click on Newport Shores - Mansions for mansions to the southeast.
Click on Mercer Island East Channel South - Mansions for mansions to the south.

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