Steve Riggins, former western area managing partner of KPMG, and his wife, Cheryl Yamamoto, are selling their dream home at the north end of Mercer Island for $4.5 million.
Located at 4060 E. Mercer Way, the house drew the interest of the couple, with four children, when they realized it was built by high-end residential and boutique commercial Seattle architecture firm Stuart Silk. At that time their children were 5, 7, 9 and 11 years old.
“We fell in love with it immediately,” Yamamoto says. They bought it 14 years ago and then, with the same architect, built out the upper floor and more. The result is a 5,700-square-foot contemporary Northwest manse, with five bedrooms and five baths, a home filled with walls of windows, light and an abundance of vertical grain mill work. There is a gazebo at the waters edge, 90 feet of waterfront and a private dock with boat lift. The self-contained master suite is upstairs, as well as a library and sitting room, office and an exercise room. Riggins is a book lover and has thousands of books, many of which were in the library, while others found a place in specially built shelves in the living room.
That dedicated book area upstairs was one of Riggins’ favorite spots in the house, to sit and pore over histories, his favorite genre, and all other manner of books which he collects. Yamamoto, who was a CPA until their second child came along, loves to cook and so the kitchen was an all important gathering spot for this family. “The kitchen was the fabric of our lives,” she says, “and even though they are grown up, we still have family dinner on Sunday as often as we can now, and tell each other what’s going on in each other’s lives. A lot of our time is spent around the kitchen. The children would be doing their homework around the table, and with the water as a backdrop, it is just a beautiful spot.” The two are moving because they want a smaller dwelling now.
“This is a lot of house,” she says. “We find ourselves spending most of our time either in the kitchen or in the master ensuite, which we built out.” Take a look inside and outside this beautiful, private waterfront manse which has been the treasured dream home for a local family for years, and which now they are ready to pass on to the next generation. Windermere Broker Larry Williams has the listing. The photos are by John G. Wilbanks Photography.
PSBJ | Patti Payne