A cottage on a grand scale? Get the right architect, designer, and decorator and maybe you can find the feel of a cottage spread out over 4,000 square feet. It certainly portrays that Olde English look with its brick facade, heavy beams in the ceiling, artistic glass in several windows, and the excellent landscaping outside. Most cottages don't have room for the formal dining room, a massive media room, a card room, an office, and a kitchen large enough to feed a small village. That is the blending you get for $3,988,000; and you also get 4 bedrooms (some with views), 4.75 baths (with elegant style and modern conveniences), and a 10,454 square foot lot. Part of the price is undoubtedly the location, regardless of the style. Lake Washington waterfront (75 feet) with views of Rainier, and a shared dock that appears to be unused by anyone except the ducks. If nothing else, the house is an idea factory where you can see the ideas they harvested for a mansion, and then take them home and apply them to your cottage. A little tile work, some stained glass, and a nice tub can sweeten a home, even if it isn't 4,000 square feet and on the water.
· 5026 Butterworth Rd, Mercer Island [Estately]
Written by Tom Trimbath