Private Paradise Near Seattle


Retreat to a private 5.76-acre compound, with 275 feet of no-bank waterfront, on the sunny west-facing shore of inner Quartermaster Harbor near Seattle. This exquisite property offers craftsmanship, understatement, and the finest appliances, systems, and materials. It also offers the kind rural serenity sometimes found on the remote San Juan Islands--but this very private estate is right in King County, on charming Vashon Island, just a 15-minute ferry ride from Seattle.

The combination of no-bank waterfront with abundant lawn, space, privacy, quality, and proximity to Seattle make the compound extremely rare. The house is set back in a protected area, surrounded by gardens, streams, and towering grand firs. It is a gentle stroll to the waterfront. The air is fresh, and the nights are silent.

The handsome 5,240 sq. ft. main residence has wrap-around porches, and an adjacent spacious guest cottage offers living space above an art studio and garage. There are a total of seven bathrooms (including half baths) and lots of room for guests.

A second home, for guests or a caretaker, is elsewhere on the grounds and may be available. Altogether the homes offer 7,970 square feet of indoor living space, plus about 2,000 additional square feet of covered porches and garages.

All of this is nestled into park-like gardens featuring lush draught-tolerant Northwest plantings and extensive low-maintenance rock work and other hardscaping. Paths, leading to the beach and through the gardens between the homes, are illuminated at night with downward-facing LED fixtures that preserve the dark and starry night sky. There's a spa under a copper roof, a waterside gazebo, and a small greenhouse, too.

The homes wed expansive views with cozy spaces--a book nook, sleeping alcoves, a game bay, and secluded garden seating areas. It is dead silent at night... unless you throw a party, make music, have overnight guests, or use a home theater. Even then, superb soundproofing keeps the bedrooms peaceful.

The compound was commissioned about 20 years ago by a famous television and Hollywood actor, who wanted to raise his children away from the bustle of Los Angeles and yet be less than an hour by car from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It was extensively renovated about 10 years ago with new rooms and materials plus behind-the-scenes upgrades such as state-of-the-art earthquake engineering, highly energy efficient geothermal heating and air-conditioning, and extensive security infrastructure.