Topping the list of last year's most expensive sales was a $6.2M Laurelhurst chateau. In 2014, we kept pace with the previous year thanks to the $6.2M sale of the Abraham H. Albertson Mansion in Queen Anne. Below, we've mapped out the fifteen biggest closed sales of 2014, taking into account single and two-family homes as well as condos. The list includes two Four Seasons Private Residences condos, two South Slope mansions, a Tom Kundig house and a whole bunch of Lake Washington view properties. So...about what you'd expect to see.Read More
The Most Expensive Seattle Properties Sold in 2014, Mapped!
Abraham Albertson Mansion ($6.2M)
One of Seattle's most prolific architects, Abraham H. Albertson, designed this 7-BR mansion on the south slope of Queen Anne in 1926. At 10,600-square-feet, it includes five bathrooms, two kitchens, a wine cellar and a grand balcony. A major part of the appeal is the stunning views of downtown Seattle as well as Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. Asking $6.8M, it sold for $6.2M in April.
Four Seasons Unit 1501 ($6.1M)
There's going to be quite a few Four Season Residences condos on the list but this one was the most expensive of the lot. The straight-on view of the waterfront and Elliott Bay is probably a big reason for that. It was originally listed for $8.7M back in June 2012.
Four Seasons Unit 1101 ($5.9M)
This 11th floor unit hit the market way back in June 2012 asking $6.12M and there it sat until the end of October when it finally went pending. The new owners get just about every good downtown view as well as the luxury of having a hotel staff on hand at their home. They also have to shell out $42,926 in taxes, so, there's that too.
Olson Sundberg Home ($5.15M)
Asking $5.895M, the tall ceilings, custom millwork, multiple columns and open floorplan all give away the aesthetic style of their creators, Olson Sundberg (now Olson Kundig). Outside, you'll get waterfront terraces and a dock with boatlift for your boat. Listed and delisted multiple times since 2011, it finally sold for $5.15M in April.
George Suyama Home ($4.75M)
Asking $5.65M originally, this George Suyama home sat on the market for a while before re-listing at $4.99M in November. One week later, it was pending and then sold. A 2009 renovation, which included "high-tech advancements" probably helped grease the wheels as well.
260 39th Ave E ($4.76M)
This Lake Washington View Estate in Denny Blaine is about as old world as Seattle gets. The 1921-built Craftsman boasts six bedrooms, five fireplaces, multiple staircases, gorgeous grounds and a wine cellar we considered one of Seattle's best. No wonder it sold for $4.76M, though it should be noted that initial ask was $6.5M.
1515 Parkside Dr E ($4.2M)
Surrounded by the Broadmoor Golf Club, the 85-acre, gated community of Broadmoor is cocooned from the outside world. Originally asking $4.6M, this 5-BR Modern home just off the 7th fairway was a way in to that lifestyle. A mixture of metal, concrete and "soft woods," this luxurious abode comes with its own basketball court and a tiny pool. Considering it eventually sold for $4.2M, you'd think the pool would be bigger, wouldn't you?
3767 E John St ($3.85M)
Here's what the broker babble said about this 5-BR/4.25-bath: "This traditional colonial exudes resplendent sophistication & superb style." What especially caught our eye was the indoor/outdoor connections throughout, the sizable wine cellar and the elevator that will take things to the next level. One of the few homes on the list to sell for what it asked (originally in March).
1658 Federal Ave E ($3.85M)
This Federal-style Colonial in Capitol Hill hit the market in April 2013 asking $4.25M. The price came down a little bit a few months later the place went pending and sold in January 2014. A very quirky staging certainly helped it stand out, though having a sunroom, home theater room, wet bar and luxury amenities throughout helped as well.
1133 McGilvra Blvd E ($3.803M)
This renovated home sits on a 13,650 square-foot lot and features Mt. Rainier & Lake Washington views from the master bedroom. Everyone else in the house does just fine, too, with a completely-remodeled lower level, 700-bottle wine cellar and multiple activity rooms. Asking $3.975M in March, it sold for $3.8M in April.
Tom Kundig's Studio House ($3.8M)
Built in 1998, The Studio House is a combination home & photographer's studio designed by Tom Kundig, winner of eleven National American Institute of Architects awards and principal/owner of Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects. The two-story building that's an amalgamation of materials leftover from the previous house on the property and Kundig's vision of how memories resonate over time was originally put up for sale asking $4.995M. Eventually selling for $3.8M, the artistic ambiance makes it feel almost as though you're living in a really cool museum.
1521 2nd Ave, Unit 3000 ($3.7M)
Lacking in listing images, Unit 3000 in 1521 2nd Avenue still had little problem selling. This penthouse unit offers all the views you'd expect and puts you right in the middle of the Downtown Seattle experience. The 2,602 sq. ft. 2-BR listed on June 20 and sold by June 30 for the same price. Impressive.
1900 Shenandoah Dr E ($3.7M)
Things that a house contains to let you know it's not messing around. No. 1, a peacock statue in front of a mural of a golf course. No. 2, a massive, backlit aquarium that's bigger than the flatscreen. No. 3, a weight room that makes 24-Hour Fitness look like 24-Minute Fitness. No. 4, a master bedroom that could pass as a $350/night hotel suite. No wonder this Broadmoor 6-BR felt fine asking $4.3M, though it "only" got $3.7M in the end.
Adrian Hanauer's Leschi Home ($3.6M)
The 5,350 sq. ft. Northwest Contemporary is situated on 46 feet of Lake Washington waterfront and the painting-laden home features tons of amenities including a substantial master suite, grand foyer, NanaWalls on two levels, a home theater, spa, dock and outdoor kitchen. It's also (now) the former home of Seattle Sounders minority owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer, who sold it for $3.6M in November after offering for $3.99M in April.
William J. Bain Magnolia Home ($3.6M)
If you've heard of architectural firm NBBJ, William J. Bain is the first B in there. The once-partner of Lionel Pries developed a reputation for high-quality residential design and was named a Fellow of the AIA in 1947. Bain built this Magnolia 4-BR in 1910 on 1.7 waterfront acres bordering Discovery Park and it hit the market back in August 2013 for $3.35M. Not overly complicated, the home features delicate wood touches inside and comes with a pretty darn cute playhouse outside. It eventually sold for $3.6M in September 2014.