Mount Baker Mansions

We have long decried the lack of inventory in our in-city market, an acute shortage as it has been described, creating quite an imbalance for buyers for at least a year now. But spring has worked its new-born magic on at least one niche in the marketplace: Mount Baker mansions. On brokers open house tour yesterday, I visited grand and gracious homes in the historic Mount Baker neighborhood, seven of them, priced from $1.6 million up to $4 million, three of these just listed in the past seven days, all of them listed within the past month. Suddenly, some compelling choices.

One I really liked happened to be my first stop, an Arts and Crafts home built in 1912, over one hundred years old, still substantial and in impeccable condition. So many irreplaceable details including original mahogany millwork and oak floors, all perfectly preserved.GetMedia-2.ashx

I also loved the veranda that spanned the back of the house. This is the place to see spectacular sunrises over Lake Washington.

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2636 Cascadia Avenue South. Asking price $2,195,000. Five bedrooms, three upstairs bathrooms and two powder rooms on main and lower levels. Third floor master suite. Great media and family room downstairs. Feels intimate throughout even with 5677 interior feet. Gorgeous setting on a 10,764 square foot lot. Listing Broker: Amy Sajer, Windermere Real Estate. 

Many of these landmark homes are on astonishingly large lots for in-city. One I visited was sited on an acre and a half, two others on lots about an acre each, with sport courts and swimming pools. I noticed that when your acreage faces expansive sky and water views, it feels even larger. Imagine how tranquil you might become gazing out your own windows to those vistas every day, to the manor born.

The most expensive home on my tour also had the most appealing antique and art collection I’ve seen in a while. And fireplaces and bathrooms in each bedroom. I loved that, too. Today, Mount Baker enchanted me again.

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