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A Slam Dunk On Mercer Island: The Bill Russell Estate

By Alyssa Morrison |
Bill Russell has owned and lived in the home for nearly 50 years.

Bill Russell, the NBA’s most decorated player and coach, is selling his Mercer Island estate of nearly 50 years. The four-bedroom, 2.5-bath residence represented by Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty‘s Eddie Chang of The Chang Group,  has been recently renovated but maintains many of the features that originally drew Russell to the home, among them its incredible privacy. Shaded by mature landscaping and set off from the street, Russell originally owned the two lots above the home for additional privacy. He since sold those parcels, but the peaceful seclusion remains. His other main draw to the home—the top-tier schools in the Mercer Island School District which are still among the best in the state.

The home itself is a testament to mid-century modern style, lovingly cared for and recently updated with the finest amenities. Boasting an open floor plan that invites flow while creating separate spaces with the use of elevation, it is both the perfect residence to entertain guests or to quietly unwind at the end of a busy day. The home’s stunning main-level primary suite is complete with its own fireplace, vaulted ceilings, private deck overlooking the stunning mature landscape, and a walk-in closet fit for an extraordinary wardrobe. The en suite features a dual vanity, an inviting soaking tub, a multi-head open shower, and a hot tub.

The 4,250-square-foot home has been recently renovated. And the home’s next steward will receive a special gift from Russell, an autographed ball and his trophy case.

An 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, Bill Russell won the NBA Most Valuable Player award five times. Following his career on the hardwood, he became the first Black coach in the NBA, coaching three seasons with the Celtics, four seasons with the Seattle Supersonics, and one season with the Sacramento Kings. Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975, the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 2006, and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007, his numerous accolades also include two NCAA championships, an Olympic Gold Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The sale of the home has already garnered attention from local and national media outlets.
Puget Sound Business Journal | NBA legend Bill Russell puts Mercer Island home on the market
Fox Business | NBA legend Bill Russell lists $2.6 million Washington home
Los Angeles Times | NBA legend Bill Russell wants $2.6 million for Washington home
USA Today | Iconic Celtics center Bill Russell selling his longtime home on Washington’s Mercer Island
Sacramento Bee | NBA icon Bill Russell lists Washington estate with ‘spa-like sanctuary.’ Take a look