Lakefront Classic

7270 E Mercer Way

$4,300,000

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3.25 Bathrooms

  • 4,490 Square Feet

  • 65 Feet of Waterfront

  • Lake and Mountain Views

  • Detached Two-Car Garage

  • Mercer Island School District

 
 
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This beautifully remodeled and updated waterfront home on the southeast side of Mercer Island combines traditional Tudor architecture with stylish contemporary surfaces and colors to create a stately residence that is both effortlessly classic and warmly inviting. Carefully sited on a private half-acre lot with deep-water moorage and an ADU, the three-level, 5000 square foot house offers tremendous versatility and value in waterfront living along the shores of this sought-after community.

+ OVERVIEW

A private drive arcs gently from E Mercer down to the house, past a two-story garage with a spacious apartment on its second level. Mature landscaping elegantly frames a formal, half-timbered stucco and brick façade with recently replaced concrete hardscaping that allows for drive-up access to the front door. Formal hedges and specimen plantings create a softly screened entry to the house.

Three full levels allow for a highly functional distribution of public and private spaces, with four bedrooms and two baths on the top floor, spacious formal and casual entertaining areas on the main, and a dedicated guest suite, huge recreation and storage spaces occupying the ground floor. The two-story central foyer acts as a hub from which all of the main rooms radiate, creating an efficient and circular floorplan that allows for easy flow throughout the home, while maintaining a rightness of scale and sense of intimacy in every room.

A double door, covered entry leads into an elegantly proportioned two-story foyer and central hall from which the entire home can be easily accessed. Gracious archways provide direct connection to the formal living and dining rooms, while more discreet doorways lead to the home office, kitchen and family areas. Ceilings on the main floor are extra high, with intricate moldings providing architectural detail in every room. Oversized windows and French doors flood the house with natural light and frame spectacular views over Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier. Variable width, pegged oak floors run throughout the main floor formal areas, complimented by a sophisticated palette of grey tones that unifies the house.

To the right of the entry resides a spacious home office with a dramatic tray ceiling that overlooks the surrounding landscape and lake through a wide bay window. This private enclave is trimmed in richly stained natural wood with luxurious carpet for a timeless sense of elegance. The southeast corner houses the sunken formal living room, with a vaulted ceiling and wall of casement windows that frame magnificent views of Lake Washington. A fireplace is built into a highly detailed mantle crafted from rift-sawn oak.

The elegantly appointed and light-filled formal dining room sits directly to the left of the living room, affording easy access to a multi-level deck through a pair of French doors. This delightful arrangement allows for year-round indoor/outdoor entertaining options that maximize enjoyment of the home’s peaceful lakeside location, while also creating a central view axis that runs directly through the house.

A doorway off the dining room connects to the fabulous gourmet kitchen with a large central island and built-in casual dining area that overlooks the water. Walls of floor-to-ceiling custom cabinets are illuminated by recessed and discreet lighting, while quartz counter surfaces are complimented by large-format Italian porcelain tile floors and designer tile backsplashes. Appliances include a 36” gas range and Viking refrigeration in this elegant and high-performance hub of the home. A laundry room is located just off the kitchen, as well as a spacious powder room with Carrera marble counters on its wide vanity. The large family room toward the front of the house provides an ideal space in which to relax at the end of the day, with wiring for audio and video equipment, a lovely view over the front yard and a fireplace with rift-sawn oak mantle.


+ MAIN LEVEL

Inside, the house is thoughtfully divided into three levels that present a multitude of living options, as both the main floor and lower level are configured with their own dedicated kitchens, bedrooms and baths. This makes the home ideal for multi-generational families where some autonomy is still desired, or as a primary residence with the added benefit of substantial ADU income. Of course, interior flow is such that it also functions beautifully in its entirety with ample space and infrastructure for regular entertaining and gracious living.

A massive stone chimney anchors the entry of the house, serving a fireplace on each level and creating a textural contrast with its classic cedar siding that welcomes and guides visitors to the front door. Once inside, the main level unfolds as an expansive and enveloping primary living area, with a huge living room that is defined by walls of glass which frame lake views and flood the interiors with natural light. Two sets of doors open out to a Vertical Grain Clear Cedar deck that spans the entire South side of the house, affording plenty of room for outdoor dining, relaxing and entertaining. The living room is anchored by a corner fireplace and opens into a huge dining area that also connects directly to the stunning gourmet kitchen and den. Large wall apertures preserve a sense of separation between rooms, while opening the entire public section of the house to wide site lines and natural light. The opulent master suite and two additional bedrooms that share a large bath occupy the front section of the home, creating an ideal one-level floor plan. A staircase leads up to a spacious bonus room with its own half bath and roof deck.

The interior spaces maintain a sense of continuity with long-plank bamboo flooring, custom walnut cabinetry and a sophisticated palette of subtle grey tones throughout the home. Extensive recessed lighting illuminates the public areas, and new windows ensure optimum energy efficiency and noise control while framing stunning lake and neighborhood views. Tight-grain bamboo covers the dining room, kitchen, den and bedroom floors, while the living room and upstairs bonus areas offer sumptuous carpet under foot.

The kitchen is a gourmet’s delight, offering walls of custom cabinets masterfully crafted from grain-matched walnut with vast expanses of quartz counters to cover the most demanding prep and serving needs. It includes a built-in pantry and microwave, a 36” Wolf commercial gas range with matching hood, built-in refrigeration and a fully integrated dishwasher. A waterfall quartz counter between the kitchen and den serves as a convenient dining bar, while the open floor space defined by its arrangement allows the room to serve as a casual hub of the home. A spacious den area lies at the South end of the room, with doors that open directly onto the deck.

The private section of the home lies toward its front, offering three spacious bedrooms and two baths on the main level. Two additional bedrooms are oversized in scale and share an elegantly appointed bath that is similar in design to that in the master.


+ UPPER LEVEL

A gracious staircase spirals up to the second floor, terminating at a wide landing and hallway that connects all four bedrooms. The entire second level offers vaulted ceilings that soar to the roofline, creating an exceptional sense of volume and light in every room. The master suite resides in the northeast corner of the house, overlooking Lake Washington through a pair of French doors that lead out to a charming private balcony. A luxurious ensuite master bath includes a double sink vanity and an oversized glass block shower with a skylight and picture window that frames the lake. Next door, a charming nursery features a ladder that leads up to a deep loft space, making it a particularly delightful play space. Two additional bedrooms share an elegant full bath off the central hall with a twin sink vanity and leaded glass windows overlooking the front.


+ LOWER LEVEL

The lower level offers a remarkable amount of space for a variety of uses. Unusually high ceilings and large windows flood the area with natural light, while a wide pair of French doors opens directly out to a spacious patio with a fire pit. The primary great room is perfect as a family recreation area, library or media room, and includes a secondary kitchen for convenience. A pair of utility areas occupy the space toward the front of the house, affording plenty of room for storage or the potential for conversion into a huge wine cellar and tasting room. Finally, a private guest suite with full bath rounds out the lower level of the house, making this an ideal home for extended or multi-generational families, or for those requiring live-in help.

+ EXTERIOR

A huge, two-level deck is the focal point of the back yard, sitting high above Lake Washington and affording unobstructed 270 degree, year round views. It is configured to allow for conversation areas, sunbathing and large-scale outdoor dining, with a staircase that leads down to the backyard and out to a private dock with deep-water moorage. This spectacular outdoor retreat can be accessed by French doors off the kitchen and dining room.

Finally, a two-car garage sits across the driveway from the main house. It offers a lovely, one bedroom plus den, one bath apartment on its second level. This is a very comfortably appointed and immaculately kept unit that is ideal for use as an ADU, guest quarters, caretaker residence or dedicated office.

+ LOCATION

The home is located on the quiet south end of Mercer Island, affording it gorgeous views over Lake Washington, Mount Rainier and the surrounding landscape with very little interruption from freeways or water traffic. A short drive along the lushly forested island roads puts residents within easy reach of I-90 with its enviable connection to downtown Seattle, Bellevue and the Eastside tech corridor. Mercer Island is renowned as a highly desirable community with some of the nation’s highest ranked public schools and a quality of life that evokes the best of small town living in the heart of one of the country’s most dynamic economies.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire an up-to-the-minute classic along the shores of Lake Washington with half an acre of private grounds and moorage. The house is poised to provide years of trouble-free living for its next fortunate owner, and is the perfect solution for those with large or multi-generational families and a love of the water.