Some houses are snapped up in days. Others take years. The sellers should be commended for their patience.
If you're going to have great views, why have a wooden deck or a brick patio when you can have a colonnaded terrace that suggests the Mediterranean, Tuscany, or Montecito? Up in The Highlands, the gated community developed by the Olmsteds, there's a 3,500 square foot villa with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and an asking price of $2,300,000. The architecture is classic elegance, with fine work, open spaces, and a consistent vision that doesn't intrude. It is hard to ignore the marble counters and fine millwork, touches that can show up in any house, but to do so seamlessly takes talent. The setting is almost two acres of sculpted gardens with those terraces and patios tying the house to the land. Why is this house still for sale after a year on the market? It may be because the neighbors must approve the sale, and the historic list includes founders and CEOs of companies like Boeing, Paccar, McCaw Cellular, plus a former director of the CIA. That should make for some interesting homeowners association meetings.