Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mercer Island West - North - Mansions

Proctor Landing, Stroum-Glazer, Ellison, Nordstrom et al. Mansions
North to South
This home sold 8/15/12 for $3.4 million. It was listed for $5.0 million in 2011 and lowered to $4.2 million in early 2012. The home was listed by Betsy Terry, Ewing & Clark. From the Listing: “Gold Coast opportunity on the Western Shores of Mercer Island. Traditional 1920's home that has been lovingly cared for. Walled garden w/ pretty lawn on street side. 60 ft prime waterfront w/ dock for maximum enjoyment of lakeside offerings. Great Room concept w/ spacious kitchen dining & living in one huge space, w/ French doors that open to the large deck. Den plus library on main. indoor pool opens to the terrace & lakeside lawn. Apartment beside the two car garage. Newer systems throughout.” The seller was Robert H. Thompson and the buyers were Marc B. and Andrea M. Chatalas. Marc Chatalas and his brother, Bret Chatalas, are the founders and owners of the popular Seattle area Cactus chain of restaurants. Thompson is a workers compensation attorney with The Walthew Law Firm in Seattle. The home is 4,000 sq ft on 0.3 acres.
This home sold 4/3/2013 for $5.9 million. It was listed for 7.3 million in 2011, lowered to $7.0 million in 2012 and $6.5 million in 2013. The home was listed by Betsy Terry, Ewing & Clark. From the Listing: “Avant garde one level design on 120 feet prime no bank Lake Washington Waterfront. Completely remodeled in keeping with the original International Style design. Floor to ceiling windows, open floor plan beautiful terrazzo floors. Incredible kitchen w/ huge icestone island, Family Room, Media Room, office, pantry. Choice Gold Coast park-like property w/ weeping willow, massive oak tree on Bob Chittock gardens. Sweeping lawn to beach, 55 ft +/- dock, beach house.” The home was sold by Janis A Cunningham, Trustee for Karen Gamoran to Wing Lee and Loretta Yee. The home is 5,790 sq ft on 0.7 acres. In 2009 Gamoran opened Karen’s Vintage Couture, a boutique of designer clothes, in Pioneer Square. She is also the principal of the multi-million dollar Karen Mayers Foundation that supports the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and other religious, educational and charitable organizations.
The mansion sold for $15.7 million in a private transaction with an undisclosed buyer in the second half of 2009. It was listed by Betsy Terry and Jane Powers, Ewing & Clark. It was listed for $34.5 million in the early 2000s and $23.9 million shortly before the sale. From the Listing: “Breathtaking LW Waterfront Estate in premier Mercer Island . . . neighborhood. 1.37 park-like acres . . . opens to the fantastic indoor swimming pool completer w/ waterslide and spa, game room, sport court, home theatre, heated terrace. Dock w/ boat lifts, sandy beach, 2BR guest house, 3-office carriage house.” The mansion sale was featured in a 2/16/10 Seattle Mansions Post. This was 2009’s most expensive LW waterfront home sale. The mansion is a prominent landmark and has a rich history. The original house was built in 1932 and it has been remodeled several times. The estate has 17,780 sq ft of living space on 1.37 acres with 255 feet of waterfront, 8 bedrooms and 15 baths. The original mansion was built in 1932 and has been extensively expanded and remodeled, maintaining the original English Tudor architecture.
This landmark compound, “Harmony,” sold in 2012 for $21.6 million. This was the most expensive LW Map of the Stars® waterfront sale in 2012. It was listed at $26.9 million by Tere and David Foster, Windermere. From the listing: “Resting gently on 2.93 acres, Harmony commands an extraordinary 324 feet of Lake Washington waterfront and sets its vista on the Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier . . . Waves roll gently up on the beach as the sun shines down on two private docks. . . [nearly 20,000 square feet in 4 buildings]. . living wing plays host to the grotto, saline pool and exercise areas. Upstairs two guest suites each with their own bath and walk-in closets . . . private outdoor spa . . . A world like no other.” The sale and current renovations were featured in a 4/1/13 Seattle Mansions Blog. The seller was Marsha Stroum Sloan Glazer. The buyer was Thomas Ellison, the principal owner of the Value-Village/Savers chain of stores. Permits were issued in February to demolish three homes (total 8,260 sq ft) on the compound. The main 11,300 sq ft mansion will remain. Plans for the replacement buildings have not been submitted. Marsha and her family are respected Seattle area philanthropists. Thomas Ellison’s sister, Debbie, and her husband John E. Bacon purchased the legendary Groat Point mansion from Bruce McCaw in 2011 and demolished all the buildings including the 14,000 sq ft main mansion (2/21/13 Seattle Mansions Blog).
This is the home of David and Susan Dykstra. David is the author of this blog and LW 130 Homes. The original part of the house (on the left [north] facing the house from the water) was built circa 1925 as a ferry master’s house. The ferry from this house’s dock was the primary transportation for children who lived in this area of the island (known as East Seattle) to go to school across the lake. Susan Ogden Dykstra and her previous deceased husband purchased that house in 1975 and, preserving that part, extensively remodeled and enlarged the house in 1979 and 1989. The house, water frontage and lot size are small compared to our neighbors. It is a flagpole lot with 85 steps between the house and dock. We enjoy living here, our home, dock, WaveRunner and boat, Happy Hours very much! The house has 4,760 sq ft with 25 feet of waterfront on 0.4 acres.
From 1999 through 2009, James F. Jr (Jamie) and Lisa Nordstrom purchased, for $9.1 million, 4 parcels from the George W. Clarke estate and family. The waterfront has a park-like setting with a recently erected “cabana with deck” structure that looks like it is for parties and picnics. There are docks for multiple yachts and watercraft. It is an ideal setting for family gatherings including Seafair. Jamie (born 1974) is the great grandson of John W. Nordstrom, the founder of Seattle based Nordstrom, Inc. He is EVP of the company and President of Nordstrom Direct. George W. Clarke was a well-known and respected community and family leader. He served in the Washington state House and Senate from 1966 to 1985. (More information is in a Seattle Mansions 3/14/12 post.) The mansion, on top of the hill is 5,140 sq ft. The four parcels are 1.5 acres with 300 feet of waterfront.(Updated 5/19/13)
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