All due respect to Seattle but if we're going to recap the biggest real estate sales of the year, we can't forget about what's going on to the East of the Emerald City. How much pricier are things on the Eastside? The most expensive property sale in Seattle in 2014 was for $6.2M and that wouldn't even crack the top ten of sales when we include Bellevue, Mercer Island, Yarrow Point, Hunts Point and Medina. Seattle might be the city with it's name in the title but clearly the big money is being spent (and lived in) outside city limits. Below, we explore the biggest Eastside real estate sales of the year (excluding land sales) and we start all the way up at an $11.3M price tag.Read More
Here Are the Most Expensive Eastside Properties Sold in 2014
8905 Groat Point Drive ($11.3M)
King County's biggest home sale of 2014 was located in, where else, Medina. Located right on the very tip of Groat Point, this 7,950 sq. ft. 4-BR might have one of the best views in an area known for great views. As for who can afford a home like this, the seller was a Costco bigwig and the buyer is a big-time Seattle-area lawyer.
2403 Evergreen Point Road ($9.75M)
Sold way back in February, it's tough to find too much info on this Medina sale. The 7,280 sq. ft. 4-BR clearly had some work done since the previous sale in 1998 for $1.9M. About the only thing we can tell is that the buyer was Amazon SVP Sebastian Gunningham.
3804 Hunts Point Road ($9.1M)
This 2.11 street-to-water acreage estate was remodeled in 1992. Originally listed in 2013 for $11.8M, it took a couple pay cuts and went pending a few times before going sold.
4038 Hunts Point Road ($8M)
It took a year for this lot to sell, dropping from the original ask of $8.5M only slightly. There's actually two homes on the property,a 4,440 sq. ft. main home and 1,370 sq. ft. guest house, but the value is in the land, which includes 138 feet of low bank Lake Washington frontage.
609 Evergreen Point Road ($7.7M)
It was a big year for the 6,920 sq. ft. home at 609 Evergreen Point Road. The Imperial Cruiser-looking house was featured on NBC's "Open House" in September and sold in November for $600K under ask. Along with the usuals, it also features a library, wine cellar, outdoor kitchen, hot tub and sauna.
8245 West Mercer Way ($7.49M)
Built in 2005, this custom home offers more than 100 feet of lakefront with dock access and two hydraulic lifts for boat & wave runner access. Listed for $8.25M in May, it eventually sold in September for $7.49M. It's still a decent profit from the previous sale, $6.2M in 2006.
3805 Hunts Point Road ($7.1M)
Owner Reginald S. Koehler III originally listed this three-bedroom, 3.25-bath home way back in 2010 for $9.5M. Over the years it went pending a few times until finally selling this past April for $7.1M. That's a bit of a bath as Koehler bought the 5,088 sq. ft. home for $8.4M in 2008.
4450 95th Ave NE ($7.06M)
In the listing, this home is referred to as The Yarrow Preserve. Seller Michelle Mathews, a former Sr. VP for Microsoft’s Central Marketing Group, listed the home for $9.3M back in 2012 but had to come all the way down to just over $7M to make the sale in June. The home includes 185 feet of Lake Washington waterfront, pool house. two docks, a guest house and an auto court, whatever that entails.
3051 84th Ave SE ($7M)
HGTV's "Million Dollar Rooms" once featured the indoor pool room at this Mercer Island manse. It took five years to complete, so, fair enough. It has it's own full bar, heated floors, a shower room, it's own cozy loft, some crazy fabulous woodwork, and an organic, tropical fruit and plant orchard/garden growing indoors to add to the ambiance. Listed for a whopping $15.5M back in 2011, it eventually sold for less than half of that in May.
2203 Evergreen Point Road ($6.88M)
Here's another luxury home that advertised itself right on the mark. Listed for $6.98M in July, it sold quickly, getting $6.88M in October. A real entertainer's home, it comes with the requisite swimming pool, spa, and expansive grounds. With six bedrooms and 11,570 sq. ft. of space, let's hope the buyer knows enough people to live here, let alone hang out here.