Some houses should come equipped with tiaras and cravats. After you drive past the gated entry set between rock pillars, to the artful glass doors, and into the high foyer you should be greeted by someone elegantly descending the curved staircase, then wander off to a selection from the wine cellar, and then some time in the spa. When you spend $8,988,000 for a 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4,895 square foot house with 60 foot of Lake Washington waterfront you shouldn't stumble home from work, dump everything just inside the door, and head to the bar. Elegance must be maintained, and this is a fine house for that with formal touches in every room. The theater has first class seating. There are decks for lounging in the sun or avoiding the rain. Even the boat gets special treatment because the dock is equipped with a boat lift to get it out of the messy water, and a canopy to keep off the pesky rain.
· 2725 60th Ave SE, Mercer Island [Estately]
Written by Tom Trimbath