Get formal. There's plenty of room for tuxes and gowns in this 1915 Georgian Colonial that has the formal rooms to match. Don't clash. Make sure you have enough left over from the $1,680,000 purchase price for the right wardrobe.
The Wurdemann family estate has re-listed (originally asking $1.8M), all 0.94 acres of gardens, and the 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 5,040 square foot colonnaded historic home. Drive through the iron gates past the broad front lawn and you may feel under-dressed if you have to open your own door. That's what chauffeurs are for.
Inside, there's no doubt about the expected lifestyle. Extensive french doors, chandeliers, heavy drapes, and marble fireplaces are there to frame elegance. Formal dining happens in a room wrapped in gold-accented wall paper. Sitting areas are either light and bright, or set amongst rich wood. A blue and white kitchen maintains the style while adding functionality. Everyone has to eat.
Everyone has to sleep, as well. Refined paint schemes fit well, and the one room covered with murals sets itself apart while remaining classic. Claw foot tubs and impressive tile work adorn the bathrooms.
It is back outside, though, that the feeling of an estate becomes complete. A broad staircase that wraps around a stone fountain eventually leads to a tennis court. So, evidently some sweating (or perspiring) is permitted. If that's too messy, sit on the veranda, watch the players, and gaze out across Lake Washington as if the water is part of the property.
Maybe that's the next acquisition.