What better way to say 'estate' than 12,000 square feet inside, 3.2 acres outside, and an iron gate? How about a price of $5,300,000?
French chateau meets American tastes. The exterior is stone and steep pitched roof after steep pitched roof, as if the house had to survive snowy winters in the Alps instead rainy winters in Redmond. Past the gates is a circular drive that has a spur through a porte cochere, a fine entrance for regal guests. The interior had unapologetically formal - everything.
The more American bits are probably the indoor basketball court. It also doubles as a squash court. You decide if squash is continental or US. One enormous room is set aside for the hot tub and pool combination. The least formal room of the house may be what appears to be a kids' playroom that comes complete with a ladder, a balcony, and a stage.
With seven bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, there's plenty of room for a large family or lots of guests. As a bonus, there's a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment, too.
Outside, the landscaping is manicured for a palace, and ringed with native trees. Within the acreage are gardens, naturally; plus a tennis court that also has a pair of opposing basketball hoops.
Opulence at this level seems appropriate for affairs of state. The office paneled in rich, dark wood looks like a seat of power. The formal living and dining rooms probably aren't just for show. And yet, these sellers haven't been there long. It sold in July 2014 for $4,200,000. Nice price appreciation, but why move so soon? We don't know, but the flags flying over the circular drive are from Australia and Sweden. Maybe international intrigues do happen.
· 13707 160th Ave NE, Redmond [Zillow]