Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mercer Island Mansion: Oh My, What a Magnificent Pile

"Mercer Island Mansion For Sale"
The Luxury Brokers (current listings)

"...Featured on HGTV's world premier of 'What's With That Really Expensive House'. The signature of a Patrician! A commanding estate palatial in its carriage; global in its attitude. Rich architectural embellishments; the great hall evocative of the palaces of fairy tales...."


(from The Luxury Brokers, used w/o permission)

And, if you have to ask how much it costs: you can't afford it. The asking price is $40,000,000 USD.

The page's literary style is a trifle florid: but it's real estate advertising copy, after all.

This place is - big. As the description says: "The specification are too elaborate and detailed for an all inclusive list." They had a shot at it, though. In addition to "unparalleled dining salons," the mansion has "a master suite of epic proportions encompassing the marble bath, personal workout gym, a wardrobe wing."

I particularly like that phrase: "a wardrobe wing." I'd like to know how many square feet it covers, and if there's more than one level.

The 22,779 square foot house was built in 2001, with four fireplaces and at least one room that looks like an upscale hotel lobby.

This Mercer Island mansion is probably worth the $40,000,000 price tag: it's on 2 acres, with 175 feet of lakefront - and space for a 140-foot yacht.

Mention of room for a yacht made me curious. Real estate listings can be - imaginative. There was a time when "secluded" might mean "you need a helicopter to reach it." Maybe you need a boat to get to Mercer Island?

Nope. I checked. Mercer Island is just east of Seattle, Washington, connected by Interstate 90. Looks like you can get there by boat - but that you've got the option of driving.

The Luxury Real Estate listing cautions that this mansion is "Only for the discriminating." I'm inclined to agree. The description doesn't use the word, "opulent," but it very well could have.

Remember, the brokers said: "The specification are too elaborate and detailed for an all inclusive list."

Toward the bottom of the page, they have a shot at listing them, anyway:
  • Basement
  • Bathroom Off Master Bedroom
  • Bonus/Rec Room
  • Den/Library/Office
  • Dining Room
  • Double Pane/Storm Windows
  • Family Room/Great Room
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub and/or Spa
  • Security System
  • Sunroom/Solarium/Atrium, Indoor Vaulted Ceilings
  • Wall-to-Wall Carpet
  • Boat Dock
  • Bus Line, On or Near
  • City View
And the list goes on. There are several more photos, including one of the water - taken around sunrise, or sunset, it looks like.

As I've written before, I'm glad that some folks are able to afford places like this. When they come up for sale, I get the fun of reading about them, without the hassle of having to take care of two acres of landscaping and a house that's got almost as much floor space as five basketball courts, if I did the math right.

4 comments:

AgapiStudios said...

What a beautiful house and it's interior isn't just made with cardboard. Nice to see they still make houses this grand

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

AgapiStudios,

Indeed. It is nice to see that high-end residential design and construction looks this nice.

In terms of personal taste, I might have my business look like this house does, inside - but not where I live. But then, whoever buys the place may need to 'wow' clients by having them over to tea.

Brigid said...

Little typo: "The house 22,779 square foot house"

The Friendly Neighborhood Proofreader

P.S. Wow.

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Brigid,

Thanks! Fixed.

And, yes: "Wow" is right.

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