Full Price Offer Will Include Furnishings, Technology, and Even a 27-Foot Boat as Empty Nesters Seek to Downsize
Executives of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (“RSIR”) announced today that a full price offer of $5,498,000 for a four bedroom, five bathroom custom waterfront home designed by renowned architect Stuart Silk will include all the interior and exterior furnishings, installed audio/visual electronics, fitness equipment and a like-new, 27-foot Cobalt 272 boat on a lift. It’s what the listing broker is calling an “all inclusive” lifestyle package just in time for summer solstice.
“We’re targeting the next generation family to enjoy this phenomenal residential opportunity that’s ready to move in,” said Becky Gray, a Senior Global Advisor with RSIR. “If you want to be living here this summer, now’s the time to make a move. Everything you could possibly want is already here. All that’s missing is you.”
The idea to sell the home as a complete package offering was actually hatched during a recent graduation celebration for the seller’s daughter. She is the last of four children that is headed for college and leaves an empty nest.
“Toasting to our daughter’s next journey made us contemplate our own,” said Brian Ross, the seller, who alongside his wife Kim decided to sell the custom built home as a portfolio offering. “It was suddenly clear we no longer require more than 8,000 square feet and we wouldn’t be downsizing with all these furnishings and water toys. We’re ready for a new chapter and will make this home available for a new family to build their own memories as we have. It’s been 10 wonderful years but it’s time.”
Selling a property furnished, with fixtures and even vehicles as a package isn’t that uncommon, according to Dean Jones, the President and CEO of RSIR. He says it’s rather typical with resort-type properties where a new owner is stepping into a lifestyle that was programmed by the seller, especially when custom furniture was specifically designed for the home. Jones recalls selling his own custom-built penthouse in a downtown Seattle mid-rise that he built in 2004. Newly married with an instant family of two children, he knew the glimmering one bedroom and den condominium wasn’t going to work for long. As a result, his negotiations to sell included the custom-built furniture, the artwork and even his two-seater convertible Porsche to sweeten the deal.
“With Prima Vista Estate, a graduation for the seller provides instant gratification for the buyer,” said Jones. “It’s effectively trading places and it works well for those that recognize opportunity, especially in this confident housing market. A summer sale means our new owner can enjoy this waterfront lifestyle with plenty of time to enroll students into the local school system.”
David Remer, the buyer of Jones’ penthouse remembers the moment he decided to purchase the property after thinking about urban living for even longer. As the namesake for his award-winning advertising firm Remer, Inc. he admits that consumers, even those as savvy as he is, can’t resist a great bargain.
“My wife Candace and I basically moved in with our toothbrushes,” mused Remer. “It’s not just the value proposition. It was convenient, efficient and exciting to walk into a ready-made lifestyle like that. We haven’t looked back since.”
Jones says lifestyle packages are oftentimes offered below replacement costs, saving the buyer not just hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the time it takes to design, build and furnish a home. He was inspired by the Microsoft acquisition of LinkedIn, the largest deal in its history for a record $26.2 billion. It provides yet another “real time example of seeing value in what others have built” he said.
“Who knows, perhaps we’ll soon see some new residents migrating up from Mountain View, CA,” Gray speculated on the LinkedIn acquisition. “One thing is for sure – they’ll save plenty on income taxes compared with California. The tech corridor continues to be a major housing demand driver for our region and Prima Vista would be a perfect residence for an incoming executive.”
Befitting of its prime southern exposure on the Juanita Riviera, the opportunity to own Prima Vista Estate as a complete lifestyle offering will be showcased during a Broker’s Open House from 11:30am – 2:30pm on Wednesday, June 22nd.
“We’ll keep the artwork and some sentimental items, of course,” said Ross. “And no, the wine cellar is not included at this point, though I suppose we can leave a nice bottle of champagne for the closing.”
For more information on the home and to learn more about the event, visit PrimaVistaWaterfront.com