Modern Lakeside Living on Mercer Island

9204 SE 33rd Place
$2,450,000

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3.25 Bathrooms

  • 3,260 Square Feet // 0.25 acres

  • Shared Dock and Boat Lift

  • Private Guest Enclave

  • Studio with Bathroom and Stone Fireplace

 
 
 

This modern lakeside residence on the North end of Mercer Island combines the crisp lines of International Style architecture with a palette of native Northwest materials to create a home of sublime comfort and luxury that is in perfect harmony with its stunning natural surroundings. Easy access to the I-90 corridor and a shared, deeded 130 foot dock with boat lift make this the ideal abode for those who seek the best in waterfront living without the expense and ongoing maintenance of residing at the water’s edge, all within easy reach of the urban and commercial amenities of Seattle and the Eastside.

+ OVERVIEW

Originally built in 1981, the home was comprehensively remodeled in 2003 to embrace a timeless aesthetic that celebrates natural materials that bring the outdoors in while creating a gorgeous backdrop for a wide range of tastes and collections. Walnut, slate and Douglas Fir floors anchor each level and are complemented by surfaces covered in honed granite and custom tile, with custom wenge built-ins throughout. Walls of windows capture expansive views of Lake Washington, the home’s award-winning gardens and the surrounding forest, while a series of decks allow for secluded outdoor relaxation from each floor. A breathtaking Asian-inspired garden completes this stunningly private modern enclave.

The house presents a refined simplicity from its cedar-clad exterior that belies a sophisticated interior layout. Two primary structural masses encompass the main house and a garage with a guest suite that total 3260 square feet of open, light-filled living space. Four bedrooms and three and a half baths are arranged through multiple levels that rise gracefully to culminate in a master suite that resides in its own penthouse. The carefully conceived floor plan allows for a dramatic sense of volume that suggests a sculptural arrangement of interior space with staircases and varied elevations shaping rooms that range organically from one to two stories in height. This creates an engaging sense of flow that helps to define both expansive and more intimate public and private areas.


+ MAIN LEVEL

A soaring foyer on the ground floor provides a dazzling introduction to the house, illuminated by natural light through two stories of floor-to-ceiling windows. It leads upward to a custom fabricated steel and walnut staircase that rises to the primary second level, and also into a huge multi-purpose room with its own ensuite bath. The deep and sheltering space at the ground level can easily function as a suite for multi-generational family members or live-in help, but it is currently configured as a family media room with infrastructure to support surround sound and high definition viewing.


+ UPPER LEVEL

Upstairs, the staircase lands in a sun-drenched stunning two-level open space that encompasses the living, dining and kitchen areas of the house with great sightlines and effortless transition between areas. The living room captures breathtaking Lake Washington views through a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that open out onto a deck that also overlooks the gardens and lake. The room is anchored by a gas fireplace set into a custom wenge built-in that houses A/V equipment and display shelves. Polished walnut floors complement the wide slate steps that leads up to the kitchen and dining areas.

The second staircase is washed in natural light through a full-length skylight and terminates at a spacious landing that leads into the private master suite and also serves as a casual sitting area and connecting bridge to the front section of the house. Dramatic piano black floors help give this space a sense of autonomy that contrasts beautifully with the more natural materials in the rest of the house. The master suite occupies its own penthouse level and includes two window walls that encapsulate expansive Lake Washington and forest views while opening onto a private wraparound deck. A spacious dressing room leads into an exquisite master bath with honed granite counters, marble floors and a huge walk-in shower under a skylight. An expansive picture window frames the lake.

The landing leads back toward the front of the house, where a large bedroom suite resides atop the two-car garage, providing a private enclave for guests or family members. It features an elegantly appointed bath with a glass walk-in shower and custom limestone tile. An additional bedroom on the same level can easily function as a nursery or home office.

The gardens that surround this residence are of particular note, offering an exceptional sense of privacy, while creating exquisite outdoor rooms in which to relax, entertain or simply regard the curated natural beauty. Huge boulders contrast with delicate maples and native plantings in a sublimely immersive outdoor sculpture that defines the house.


+ GOURMET KITCHEN

The gourmet kitchen is a masterpiece of contemporary design and craftsmanship, with custom cabinetry and an overall structure that penetrates the central plains of the house. This creates a space that is both highly functional for the most demanding home chef and visually stunning with its surfaces of honed granite and wenge. A suite of Jenn Air appliances includes gas cooking, while a semicircular wenge dining bar provides casual seating for four. Slate floors continue from the kitchen into the dining area with two window walls that open out onto a wraparound deck for easy outdoor entertaining. Another fabricated steel staircase off the hall leads up to the top level of the house.


+ THE GARDENS

The gardens that surround this residence are of particular note, offering an exceptional sense of privacy, while creating exquisite outdoor rooms in which to relax, entertain or simply regard the curated natural beauty. Huge boulders contrast with delicate maples and native plantings in a sublimely immersive outdoor sculpture that defines the house.


+ LOCATION

This home resides in one of Mercer Island’s most coveted waterfront communities. It is directly across from the lakefront, and shares deeded access to a 130-foot-long, deep water dock with a private boat lift. This allows its fortunate owners to enjoy the best of lakeside living and recreation without the immense financial burdens typically associated with acquisition, maintenance and taxes. It is within easy reach of I-90, for unrivaled access to Downtown Seattle, the Eastside tech corridor and a wide range of year-round outdoor activities. Mercer Island is widely regarded for its world-class public schools, beautifully maintained parks and exceptional quality of life. Indeed, this home represents a unique opportunity for anyone who values exquisite craftsmanship, inspired modern design and sublime natural beauty.