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4911 Northeast Laurelcrest Lane sold for $8.85 million in February.
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The 20 most expensive home sales of 2017

Topping out at nearly $9 million

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4911 Northeast Laurelcrest Lane sold for $8.85 million in February.
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It’s been a big year for million-dollar listings in Seattle. Our region, and its real estate market, are booming, as stiff competition and rising housing costs compound each other. But regardless of what happens in the market, some homes are just fancy.

These top 20 most expensive homes of 2017—with the exception of one that just happened to be extremely well-placed—fall into that bucket. These are homes that have hotel amenities, formal gardens, or starchitect designers. These homes are in community club areas like Laurelhurst, Windermere, and Broadmoor, or at least have private beach access or a killer view.

At the very top of the list: a massive waterfront Laurelhurst home with seven bedrooms and yacht moorage. That one sold in February for $8.85 million. Notably, nobody bought the Sam Hill mansion, which is still listed for just a little less than the top two houses on the list combined.

Read on for the priciest of the pricy sales that went through in Seattle in 2017, and note how many of those map points are gathered around the shore of Lake Washington.

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1. 4911 Northeast Laurelcrest Lane: $8.85 million

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4911 NE Laurelcrest Ln
Seattle, WA 98105

It’s no surprise that the No. 1 most expensive home sold in Seattle in 2017 was in the ultra-posh Laurelhurst neighborhood. This nearly 10,000-square-foot home, built in 2008, is along 145 feet of waterfront with yacht moorage. Seven bedrooms, formal gathering spaces, a theater, a large ADU, and multiple decks all factor into the steep price.

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2. 715 Second Avenue Unit 2001: $7.5 million

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715 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

This unfinished penthouse in downtown’s Millennium Tower formerly belonging to Howard Schultz was listed for nearly a decade before finally selling in late May.

Via Ewing & Clark/Coldwell Banker Bain

3. 3027 West Laurelhurst Drive Northeast: $6.59 million

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3027 W Laurelhurst Dr NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Like the most expensive sale of 2017, this gambrel-roofed abode is along the waterfront in ritzy Laurelhurst. This one was built in 1922, though, and is full of period architectural ornaments: leaded glass French doors, vaulted ceilings with roofbeams, built-in cabinetry, and ornate railings. Manicured grounds add to the formal effect.

Via Avenue Properties/Quorum

4. 1100 5th Avenue West: $6.2 million

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1100 5th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

Built in 1956, this modern estate on the southern slope of Queen Anne was extensively remodeled in 2007. Huge windows take in water views, as do decks on every level, including the roof. An in-ground pool and cabana are a nice touch—and there’s plenty of room for them on the 15,000 square foot property.

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5. 1824 Broadmoor Drive East: $5.88 million

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1824 Broadmoor Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112

This 2009 Mediterranean mansion, located in gated golf club community Broadmoor, has four en-suite bedrooms, seven total bathrooms, four fireplaces, a library, and golf course views.

Via Avenue Properties

6. 3302 East Shore Drive: $5.83 million

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3302 E Shore Dr
Seattle, WA 98112

Another five-bedroom Mediterranean-style estate in Broadmoor, this one built in 1929, has formal gathering spaces galore in more than 7,000 square feet of space.

Via Coldwell Banker Bain

7. 5525 South Othello Street: $5.5 million

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5525 S Othello St
Seattle, WA 98118

With nearly 10,000 square feet of space just indoors, this modern Seward Park estate has plenty of room for a 40-foot indoor pool—not to mention space to party. Outside, a covered dock and a cabana are a home base for water adventures.

Via Coldwell Banker Bain

8. 1201 7th Avenue West: $5.25 million

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1201 7th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

While it looks like a much older manse on the outside, this Queen Anne home overlooking Elliott Bay Marina was built in 2007. The property includes a large terrace and a three-car garage.

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9. 1712 Lake Washington Boulevard: $4.65 million

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1712 Lake Washington Blvd
Seattle, WA 98122

This home a block from Lake Washington was built in 1926 and extensively remodeled in 2014. Five bedrooms include a mother-in-law suite, and decks accessible from most rooms provide big views of the water.

Via Coldwell Banker Bain

10. 1521 Second Avenue Unit 3003: $4.6 million

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1521 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

This ultra-luxurious, two-bedroom, corner-unit condo soaring high above Pike Place Market has uninterrupted postcard views of the sound—plus a 24-hour concierge, a yoga studio, and a gym.

Via RSIR

11. 107 Dorffel Drive East: $4.43 million

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107 Dorffel Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112

In Denny-Blaine, this 1906 estate has carefully restored period features throughout the nearly 8,000 square feet of space. Lake Washington is visible from not only the east-facing windows, but from the large terrace and carefully manicured yard.

12. 5227 55th Avenue Northeast: $4.3 million

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5227 55th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

In the posh beach club neighborhood of Windermere, this 2008 home has the feel of an older estate, with formal gathering spaces and a wood-paneled library. The 16,200-square-foot grounds include a covered patio with a fireplace, an in-ground saltwater pool, and a garden.

Via RSIR

13. 6663 NE Windermere Road: $4.15 million

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6663 NE Windermere Rd
Seattle, WA 98115

This contemporary Ralph Anderson home from right in the architect’s heyday—1967—soaks Lake Washington views into a natural-feeling home with wood-paneled, vaulted ceilings.

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14. 1000 1st Avenue Unit 2401: $4 million

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1000 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

This two-bedroom corner unit on the top floor of Madison Tower—also home to Hotel 1000—has full water views from the living and dining areas and city views from the master and guest suites. Two decks get both views, too. The condo also has access to hotel amenities, including the spa, room service, “virtual golf,” valet parking, a fitness center, a 24-hour concierge, and a rooftop terrace.

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15. 530 Hillside Drive East: $4 million

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530 Hillside Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112

This wrought-iron-heavy Washington Park home is surrounded by gardens, patios, and decks. A mother-in-law unit shares the same water views.

Via GBK

16. 1732 Lakeside Avenue South: $4 million

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1732 Lakeside Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

Tucked right next to Mount Baker Park, this 1930 waterfront home has a dock reaching into Lake Washington. Inside, a 2001 remodel is pretty apparent, but some period details stay, including brick fireplaces. A balcony from the master suite has water and sunrise views.

Via Windermere

17. 403 West Comstock Street: $3.7 million

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403 W Comstock St
Seattle, WA 98119

This 1909 bridge between Victorian and craftsman in Queen Anne has retained a lot from the era, from radiators to ornate hardwood patterns to built-in shelves and seating. Upstairs, the master suite has a separate sitting area and a bay window with a Space Needle view.

Via Windermere

18. 2946 Fuhrman Avenue East: $3.5 million

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2946 Fuhrman Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

Formerly owned by Ivar Haglund, this unique Portage Bay compound includes two dock homes, a standard single-family home, and a triplex.

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19. 3421 Woodland Park Avenue North: $3.5 million

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3421 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

For this one, the value really is in the land: a 1905 fixer a block from Lake Union in the Fremont-Wallingford area.

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20. 1325 Broadmoor Drive East: $3.5 million

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1325 Broadmoor Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112

This 2007 colonial revival has a full 6,000 square feet of space inside, and well-manicured gardens around a patio with an outdoor fireplace.

Via RSIR

1. 4911 Northeast Laurelcrest Lane: $8.85 million

4911 NE Laurelcrest Ln, Seattle, WA 98105
Via John L. Scott/Avenue Properties

It’s no surprise that the No. 1 most expensive home sold in Seattle in 2017 was in the ultra-posh Laurelhurst neighborhood. This nearly 10,000-square-foot home, built in 2008, is along 145 feet of waterfront with yacht moorage. Seven bedrooms, formal gathering spaces, a theater, a large ADU, and multiple decks all factor into the steep price.

4911 NE Laurelcrest Ln
Seattle, WA 98105

2. 715 Second Avenue Unit 2001: $7.5 million

715 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Via Ewing & Clark/Coldwell Banker Bain

This unfinished penthouse in downtown’s Millennium Tower formerly belonging to Howard Schultz was listed for nearly a decade before finally selling in late May.

715 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

3. 3027 West Laurelhurst Drive Northeast: $6.59 million

3027 W Laurelhurst Dr NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Via Avenue Properties/Quorum

Like the most expensive sale of 2017, this gambrel-roofed abode is along the waterfront in ritzy Laurelhurst. This one was built in 1922, though, and is full of period architectural ornaments: leaded glass French doors, vaulted ceilings with roofbeams, built-in cabinetry, and ornate railings. Manicured grounds add to the formal effect.

3027 W Laurelhurst Dr NE
Seattle, WA 98105

4. 1100 5th Avenue West: $6.2 million

1100 5th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
Via GBK

Built in 1956, this modern estate on the southern slope of Queen Anne was extensively remodeled in 2007. Huge windows take in water views, as do decks on every level, including the roof. An in-ground pool and cabana are a nice touch—and there’s plenty of room for them on the 15,000 square foot property.

1100 5th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

5. 1824 Broadmoor Drive East: $5.88 million

1824 Broadmoor Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112
Via Avenue Properties

This 2009 Mediterranean mansion, located in gated golf club community Broadmoor, has four en-suite bedrooms, seven total bathrooms, four fireplaces, a library, and golf course views.

1824 Broadmoor Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112

6. 3302 East Shore Drive: $5.83 million

3302 E Shore Dr, Seattle, WA 98112
Via Coldwell Banker Bain

Another five-bedroom Mediterranean-style estate in Broadmoor, this one built in 1929, has formal gathering spaces galore in more than 7,000 square feet of space.

3302 E Shore Dr
Seattle, WA 98112

7. 5525 South Othello Street: $5.5 million

5525 S Othello St, Seattle, WA 98118
Via Coldwell Banker Bain

With nearly 10,000 square feet of space just indoors, this modern Seward Park estate has plenty of room for a 40-foot indoor pool—not to mention space to party. Outside, a covered dock and a cabana are a home base for water adventures.

5525 S Othello St
Seattle, WA 98118

8. 1201 7th Avenue West: $5.25 million

1201 7th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
Via Windermere

While it looks like a much older manse on the outside, this Queen Anne home overlooking Elliott Bay Marina was built in 2007. The property includes a large terrace and a three-car garage.

1201 7th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

9. 1712 Lake Washington Boulevard: $4.65 million

1712 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle, WA 98122
Via Coldwell Banker Bain

This home a block from Lake Washington was built in 1926 and extensively remodeled in 2014. Five bedrooms include a mother-in-law suite, and decks accessible from most rooms provide big views of the water.

1712 Lake Washington Blvd
Seattle, WA 98122

10. 1521 Second Avenue Unit 3003: $4.6 million

1521 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Via RSIR

This ultra-luxurious, two-bedroom, corner-unit condo soaring high above Pike Place Market has uninterrupted postcard views of the sound—plus a 24-hour concierge, a yoga studio, and a gym.

1521 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

11. 107 Dorffel Drive East: $4.43 million

107 Dorffel Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112

In Denny-Blaine, this 1906 estate has carefully restored period features throughout the nearly 8,000 square feet of space. Lake Washington is visible from not only the east-facing windows, but from the large terrace and carefully manicured yard.

107 Dorffel Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112

12. 5227 55th Avenue Northeast: $4.3 million

5227 55th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Via RSIR

In the posh beach club neighborhood of Windermere, this 2008 home has the feel of an older estate, with formal gathering spaces and a wood-paneled library. The 16,200-square-foot grounds include a covered patio with a fireplace, an in-ground saltwater pool, and a garden.

5227 55th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

13. 6663 NE Windermere Road: $4.15 million

6663 NE Windermere Rd, Seattle, WA 98115
Via Real Property Associates

This contemporary Ralph Anderson home from right in the architect’s heyday—1967—soaks Lake Washington views into a natural-feeling home with wood-paneled, vaulted ceilings.

6663 NE Windermere Rd
Seattle, WA 98115

14. 1000 1st Avenue Unit 2401: $4 million

1000 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Via NWG

This two-bedroom corner unit on the top floor of Madison Tower—also home to Hotel 1000—has full water views from the living and dining areas and city views from the master and guest suites. Two decks get both views, too. The condo also has access to hotel amenities, including the spa, room service, “virtual golf,” valet parking, a fitness center, a 24-hour concierge, and a rooftop terrace.

1000 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

15. 530 Hillside Drive East: $4 million

530 Hillside Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112
Via GBK

This wrought-iron-heavy Washington Park home is surrounded by gardens, patios, and decks. A mother-in-law unit shares the same water views.

530 Hillside Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112

16. 1732 Lakeside Avenue South: $4 million

1732 Lakeside Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Via Windermere

Tucked right next to Mount Baker Park, this 1930 waterfront home has a dock reaching into Lake Washington. Inside, a 2001 remodel is pretty apparent, but some period details stay, including brick fireplaces. A balcony from the master suite has water and sunrise views.

1732 Lakeside Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

17. 403 West Comstock Street: $3.7 million

403 W Comstock St, Seattle, WA 98119
Via Windermere

This 1909 bridge between Victorian and craftsman in Queen Anne has retained a lot from the era, from radiators to ornate hardwood patterns to built-in shelves and seating. Upstairs, the master suite has a separate sitting area and a bay window with a Space Needle view.

403 W Comstock St
Seattle, WA 98119

18. 2946 Fuhrman Avenue East: $3.5 million

2946 Fuhrman Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Courtesy of Windermere

Formerly owned by Ivar Haglund, this unique Portage Bay compound includes two dock homes, a standard single-family home, and a triplex.

2946 Fuhrman Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

19. 3421 Woodland Park Avenue North: $3.5 million

3421 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Via Green Path

For this one, the value really is in the land: a 1905 fixer a block from Lake Union in the Fremont-Wallingford area.

3421 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

20. 1325 Broadmoor Drive East: $3.5 million

1325 Broadmoor Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112
Via RSIR

This 2007 colonial revival has a full 6,000 square feet of space inside, and well-manicured gardens around a patio with an outdoor fireplace.

1325 Broadmoor Dr E
Seattle, WA 98112