With a price of $15,000,000, this Bellevue estate has actually been demoted to being tied for only fifth place on the list of most expensive properties in King County. It was listed for sale at $16.5M near the end of 2015, and has possibly been on the market for over a year (according to Estately); so congratulate yourself on a $1.5M savings if you waited for its relisting.
Blast past the typical descriptions of formal spaces. Look at the floors, even in the bathrooms. Marble, granite, onyx (!), and wood weren’t enough. They’re polished, inlaid, and extravagant to the point of being mesmerizing. Don’t look down if you’re dizzy from a party or a cold. At least that intricate iron railing along the elevated walkway is there to save you from bumping into the glorious chandeliers. The exceptional artistry turns the bathrooms into cathedrals where the stone work continues up the walls to a surprisingly unadorned ceiling.
All of this is in a 15,975 square foot mansion that was built in Bridle Trails in 2005. The office looks like it is equipped for a head of state. The billiards room (oh wait, is that a snooker table?) is ready for power socializing with cigars and champagne - or something from the wine cellar. An indoor lap pool and hot tub are surrounded by another inlaid floor, sitting area, kitchen/bar, and are probably in the vicinity of the sauna. Both the pool and the sauna get their own television. Of course, the theater is furnished with rich upholstery, a deep wood box-framed ceiling, and one of the few rooms with a sedate floor, probably to reduce glare. The rack of electronics seem like an intrusion, though necessary to drive the electronic entertainment.
For more casual entertaining there’s a room that could be an indoor version of an outdoor patio with a couple of grilling stations, multiple screens, a fireplace, and broad sets of doors to let a bit of nature breeze through. Close it all up if you don’t want to disturb the ping-pong games, though.
Within such a phenomenal space are five bedrooms and six and three-quarter bathrooms, too many to be included in the listing photos. Despite the glitz and glamour, houses exist to meet the basics.
The house with a third of an acre indoors sits a 1.16 acre lot where everything is orchestrated from the ornamental gate, to the formal gardens, and the inlaid drive that must show up like a bulls-eye from space.
- Bridle Trails, Bellevue [Windermere]