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Penultimate Ross & Ralph Anderson listed for $5M

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The prominent Seattle architects were given “complete freedom”

The back side of a large house with large windows and a layered, peaked roof. Best Choice Realty

In 2001, the father-son architectural duo of Ross & Ralph Anderson was given “total latitude” to design the penultimate home for a 0.29 acre waterfront property on the east side of Mercer Island.

Now, the craftsman-inspired home is listed at $4,985,000, down from $5,880,000 last year. Step inside to appreciate their unadulterated expertise.


The focus of the formal living and dining room is the view of Lake Washington. A room that’s longer than wide which ends at windows that reach from floor to the heights of the ceiling convey the feeling of a cathedral more than most. Fine woodwork in the ceiling, floor, and trim add character without distracting from setting.

Nearby is a chef’s kitchen that shares the view. Stainless steel appliances are joined by a stainless steel sink. In very modern fashion, an espresso machine is built in.

A larger media room is spacious enough for several friends and members of the family to gather and lounge, and then walk out to another sitting area after the show is over.

A balcony with a water view NWMLS

The location sets the tone for the 4,540 square-foot house. The four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms may be the core; but the inspiration is the association with the water.

Landscaping and hardscaping customize every element of the land, from ornamental gardens, to crushed granite walks, and copper perimeter bulwarks. Part of the 80 feet of waterfront is a dock with a yacht lift. There’s no cover, so boats with masts have unlimited clearance above.

The price is almost a million dollars less than its listing from last year. Wait to see if that attracts the right buyer.