MERCER ISLAND, WASH.
WHAT: A 3-bedroom oak house on a wooded lot
HOW MUCH: $875,000
SIZE: 3,110 square feet
PER SQUARE FOOT: $281
SETTING: Mercer Island is a secluded, woodsy community on Lake Washington, between Seattle and Bellevue. The area is known for its well-regarded public schools and rustic atmosphere. The shops and restaurants in downtown Mercer Island are 10 minutes from the house. Downtown Seattle is 20 minutes away. The shopping malls and office parks in Bellevue are 15 minutes away.
INSIDE: The house was built in 1988 by the architect Wendell Lovett, and extensively renovated between 2005 and 2007..
Inside the front door, the entryway leads into an open-plan living and dining area with skylights set into a double-height ceiling. The spacious room has oak flooring with gray carpet runners and two rows of large windows that look out at trees. At one end of the room, an office area has long, narrow windows positioned for someone sitting at a desk. A breakfast bar separates the living and dining area from the galley kitchen, which has a Sub-Zero refrigerator, white wooden cabinets and Corian countertops.
Upstairs, the master suite includes a carpeted bedroom, a private deck, a walk-in closet and a bathroom with white Carrara marble tile floors, a deep tub with jets and a glass shower stall. A second bedroom on this floor also has its own bathroom. The finished basement has a wet bar, a large family room and an attached bathroom. It doubles as a guest bedroom, with a nook large enough to accommodate a queen-size bed. Also on the property is an artist’s studio with a glass ceiling and a fireplace.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The sloping, wooded lot is landscaped with ferns and other shade plants among stone pathways. There is a two-car garage, and a spacious driveway for additional parking.
CONTACT: Natalie English, Windermere Real Estate, 206-931-8416; natalieenglishhomes.com