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Developer’s $6.3M Clyde Hill house demonstrates Italian flair

Think Mediterranean, marble, and magnificence

Developers, they build our buildings and neighborhoods, but what do they live in? For one developer, home is a 7,481 square foot Italian villa in Clyde Hill. Prepare yourself for about $6,299,950 worth of olde world decor that has arrays of columns, intricate metal railings, shining marble floors, and four fireplaces.

Enjoy house shopping during the holidays. There may not be much inventory (that’s been true throughout this year), but you get to see homes simultaneously decorated and staged. A gleaming white grand piano backed by a tall tree sit in the entry beside a set of custom columns while a curved staircase wraps this package.

Throughout the house the furnishings fit the Mediterranean theme, more columns, more marble, art niches, chandeliers, inlaid wood, and rich drapes. Except for the recessed lighting and modern appliances it would be easy to imagine using the space for a movie set. The house was built in 2006, so the systems are much more this century than the last.

The elegance exists for the five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Window reading spaces create personal comfort zones. They’re part of built-in cabinets that include display cases for the special toys that are always put away, of course. The master bath sets the tub as a shrine between duplicate sinks under duplicate skylights, with the now familiar extensive use of marble. The sauna is wood, however. No need to break tradition there.

Outside, the rest of the 0.6 acre lot is a series of terraces, manicured gardens, a hot tub beside a pool, and a classic fountain. Connecting them all are a mosaic of drives and walks that lead guests past yet more columns.

Do you have the style to match the decor?