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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.
| Via John L. Scott

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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4911 Northeast Laurelcrest Lane: $8.85 million

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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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715 Second Avenue Unit 2001: $7.5 million

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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.

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3027 West Laurelhurst Drive Northeast: $6.59 million

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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.

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1100 5th Avenue West: $6.2 million

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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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1824 Broadmoor Drive East: $5.88 million

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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.

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3302 East Shore Drive: $5.83 million

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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.

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5525 South Othello Street: $5.5 million

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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.

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1201 7th Avenue West: $5.25 million

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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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1712 Lake Washington Boulevard: $4.65 million

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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.

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1521 Second Avenue Unit 3003: $4.6 million

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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.

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107 Dorffel Drive East: $4.43 million

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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.

5227 55th Avenue Northeast: $4.3 million

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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.

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6663 NE Windermere Road: $4.15 million

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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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1000 1st Avenue Unit 2401: $4 million

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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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530 Hillside Drive East: $4 million

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

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1732 Lakeside Avenue South: $4 million

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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.

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403 West Comstock Street: $3.7 million

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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.

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2946 Fuhrman Avenue East: $3.5 million

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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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3421 Woodland Park Avenue North: $3.5 million

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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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1325 Broadmoor Drive East: $3.5 million

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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

4911 Northeast Laurelcrest Lane: $8.85 million

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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.

Via John L. Scott/Avenue Properties

715 Second Avenue Unit 2001: $7.5 million

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.

Via Ewing & Clark/Coldwell Banker Bain

3027 West Laurelhurst Drive Northeast: $6.59 million

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.

Via Avenue Properties/Quorum

1100 5th Avenue West: $6.2 million

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.

Via GBK

1824 Broadmoor Drive East: $5.88 million

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.

Via Avenue Properties

3302 East Shore Drive: $5.83 million

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.

Via Coldwell Banker Bain

5525 South Othello Street: $5.5 million

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.

Via Coldwell Banker Bain

1201 7th Avenue West: $5.25 million

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.

Via Windermere

1712 Lake Washington Boulevard: $4.65 million

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.

Via Coldwell Banker Bain

1521 Second Avenue Unit 3003: $4.6 million

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.

Via RSIR

107 Dorffel Drive East: $4.43 million

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.

5227 55th Avenue Northeast: $4.3 million

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.

Via RSIR

6663 NE Windermere Road: $4.15 million

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.

Via Real Property Associates

1000 1st Avenue Unit 2401: $4 million