Home of the Day is a feature presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. This is your invitation to view some of Puget Sound’s most luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look around. Read more below on the “Home of the Week” winner, listed by Brian Hopper.
A private lane with a wrought iron gate opens to Marsh Commons, an exclusive collection of 18 private residences sited above the shores of Lake Washington in Kirkland, and this is the one. Manicured garden beds line the drive while intricate layers of brickwork wrap each building, evoking a rich sense of historical significance. Bluestone slate steps lead to a covered porch where solid oak French doors swing open to reveal 15-foot ceilings, a circular crystal chandelier, and honed marble flooring.
The home’s grandeur extends beyond the entry with wide plank French oak hardwoods throughout the main, magnificent architectural details, and modern appointments suited for today’s style of living. Lutron motorized drapes and blinds in the living room lift to unveil encapsulating Lake Washington views through generous picture grid windows. Flush mount speakers hum a sweet melody in the background and crystal light fixtures, found throughout the home, make everyday feel like a grand celebration. A see-through gas fireplace divides the living and dining rooms, with marble encasements and built-in shelving on either side. In the dining room natural materials juxtapose traditional design elements with daylight streaming in through stately windows to showcase extensive millwork.
Nine-foot French doors tempt guests to mingle outside where unobstructed lake views offer an overwhelming sense of serenity. Enjoy warmth from the outdoor fireplace while sipping a craft cocktail and watching the sun sink into the distance. Each detail of the home was carefully executed for ease through any day of the year. Bullnose granite countertops shine with undermount lighting and crisp white cabinetry creates a clean slate for your creations in the kitchen. A five-burner Thermador cooktop ignites epicurean adventures with an accompanying Thermador hood and double oven, dual dishwashers, and Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator at the ready. Two countertop hubs equipped with outlets are tucked behind roll-up doors for stowing goods just out of sight and window bench with space to eat invites casual meals with a large window overlooking the yard with mature plantings. The open-air bar invites conversations to flow into the family room, where box beam ceilings display the same top tier millwork found in other spaces. Flames dance along a linear fireplace to add winter ambiance and the balcony wall provides a view through to the formal living area.
Ascend the staircase to indulge in your own personal retreat. Positioned at the corner of the home, the owner’s suite serves as a lighthouse overlooking the shores of Marsh Park. A sitting area with 12-foot ceilings invites daydreamers to curl up with a cup of hot tea while watching sunlight dance on the lake. The lavish five-piece bathroom greets you in the morning with heated floors and an 84-inch frameless glass shower door opening to a marble-laden shower with dual shower-heads. Your worries will melt into a faint memory in the step-up jetted tub with lake views. Two additional bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath and walk-in closet, bring a sense of imagination with dramatic sloped ceilings.
A media room is positioned for multi-use with an impressive desk space large enough for two to work or study from home. Movie fanatics and sports enthusiasts will find refuge in the space with a 4K television surrounded by a state-of-the-art wall of speakers. Marsh Commons serves as a somewhat historical site within the modern cityscape Kirkland is today. In the early 1900s the Marsh family settled into Marsh Manor, the centerpiece, and original home of the 2.8-acre community grounds. The original manor was commissioned by Louis Marsh—one of Boeing’s first three engineers—and the rest of the residences at Marsh Commons were built to evoke the same elegance and purpose as the main house. This is Kirkland living at its best.