A quarter of an acre is larger than most city lots. This Tuscan-style mansion in Sammamish has more than that under its roof, with 0.28 acres or 12,300 square feet indoors. There’s more to this story than just a few bedrooms and bathrooms.
Let’s start with the basics, though. Carving out enough space for the five bedrooms and eight bathrooms uses up some of the square footage, but there’s a lot left over. The size may be why there are so many bathrooms, so there’s always one within a short walk.
What’s left over is equally generous and grand. Walk into an entry through double doors with inlaid arcs of glass. Step to the foot of a pair of sweeping staircases that bracket a gleaming polished marble floor. Throughout the rest of the house find either more marble or hardwood flooring, except in the media room where sound-absorbing carpet is the better choice.
Formal living and dining spaces are almost a requirement at this size. A second kitchen helps with large events, and three whole laundries make it easier to clean up after big family events. The size may make a few scattered laundries more reasonable: one for the bedrooms, one for the guest quarters, another in case the other two are in use.
Part of the size and extra rooms may be explained by an in-law suite and quarters for staff—inevitable in an incredibly large estate like this.
Even with all of that, extraordinary rooms have found a home. A steam room matches a steam shower. If that much warmth isn’t enough, step into the Finland sauna. Not relaxed enough after that? Try the Zen room and separate meditation room.
Get more conventional with luxuries that are still luxurious even if familiar: a bar, media room, library, wine cellar (for 700 bottles), and a workshop.
Such a grand house almost requires a grand property. The lot has over two acres, providing enough room for yet more outdoor spaces, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, a pool, the expansive cobbled drive, a broad backyard lanai, and room left over the next owner to play with.
Such a grand house also demands a grand price, $5,250,000. Check those lottery tickets.
- 4121 198th Ct NE, Sammamish [Sothebys]