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Lionel Pries waterfront mansion lists at $2.6M

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With a quarter acre of indoor space, a bar, and a bell tower

Courtesy of Joe Sanchez and Associates

Here’s a proper mansion. Its interior is bigger than most city lots, at 10,152 square feet—just shy of a quarter acre indoors. Outdoors, the estate covers more than eight acres and stretches along 500 feet of Hood Canal shoreline.

As if the house wasn’t big enough, there’s also a chauffeur's apartment, a guest cottage, and another three bedrooms in a gate house. Give it style, thanks to a Lionel Pries design built for a Colonel Julian Wilcox in 1936. Errol Flynn, Spencer Tracy, and John Wayne were all guests at one point or another.

Don’t be surprised that this Seabeck home is asking $2.6 million.

It may look sedate for its size, but check out the exterior that is a built of overlapping diamond-shaped shingles. hey look like dragon scales, something that can survive any season and the seaside. Mature landscaping is simultaneously manicured and rustic, with an abundance of native plants, and features like a pool that could be a good home for koi and lily pads. Roam around and come across fruit trees and a greenhouse.

Inside, it is all about the elegance with a touch of manor house. In some rooms, wood tones dominate. In others, subtle wall paper patterns the rooms for a bit of romanticism. Two dining areas each get a window corner for views for formal and informal dining.

Much of the room is devoted to the six bedrooms—five with their own bathroom—and six and a half bathrooms that provide spacious comfort to family and friends. One guestroom features a balcony.

One room equipped with dark wood, nautical fixtures, and heavy stools along a bar is billed as a colonel’s pub. A billiard room and a theater room mix it up even more.

Location provides the setting, and an opportunity. Reaching out from the shore is a 300 foot long private dock. Why bother with cars and ferries when it’s possible to sail directly to the estate? Hold a mini-regatta. There’s certainly enough room for everyone.