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$26M sale of Medina mansion sets a King County record

On two and a half acres of waterfront with Mount Rainier views

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Update, February 12, 2018: This massive Medina home sold to an anonymous buyer using an LLC earlier this month. Although it sold around $2 million below asking, the ultimate sale price of this home—$26.75 million—makes it the most expensive King County home to ever be sold on the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), the Puget Sound Business Journal reported.

Homes have, reportedly, sold more more money, but those were private sales that didn’t go through a listing service.

Original article, October 18, 2017:

It’s no wonder that this $28 million estate—tied for the most expensive listing in the county with 525 acres on Vashon—is in Medina. The town is most famous for its wealthy residents, and is even home to multiple Washington state billionaires, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.

Rather than having the high-tech appeal of the Gates home, though, this six-bedroom, 1929 home on two and a half waterfront acres harkens back to English estates, with carefully-manicured gardens, ivy-covered brick, and herringbone pathways.

Inside the 5,000-square-foot main house, formal spaces abound, from a dining room anchored by a large chandelier to a wide-windowed living area anchored by an ornate fireplace, one of two in the home.

The living space isn’t confined to the main house. A many-gabled space above the carriage creates an apartment with dynamic ceiling shapes, including a cozy sleeping nook. This little pocket of space was designed by architect George Suyama.

One outbuilding becomes a cozy office space, warmed by a small stove.

Much of the homes acreage is home to meticulous gardens, designed by landscape architect Robert Chittock and registered with the Smithsonian. At one point, along with the home, the gardens hosted multiple Dale Chihuly sculptures for a charity auction.

The gardens include a fruit orchard, a sundial lawn, a camellia garden, and a boxwood garden.

Some more wild, wooded areas find a place on the grounds, too.

A clay sports court also finds a spot among the foliage.

150 feet of waterfront face Mount Rainier. A dock is ready for boats, or just for soaking in the view.

Other old-money amenities include a boathouse and stables—of course. The exact location is undisclosed, but if you’re in the market for a $28 million estate, maybe you already know where it is.