In Bellevue, there is a fenced oasis right near the downtown core — Diamond S Ranch — on land that used to be a working horse ranch in the 1940s and 1950s. That ranch was eventually parceled off and made into luxury estates that are extremely private, but moments away from Bellevue Square and the wide variety of shops, restaurants and services that Bellevue has to offer. It is not often that one of these conveniently located estates comes on the market.
One such estate is owned by Nick and Patricia Collucio, who have had No. 4 Diamond S Ranch for five years. In that time they did some significant upgrading and remodeling to this single-level 7,594-square-foot home, which has just come on the market at $6.98 million.
The Collucios are empty nesters. Nick, a second-generation Seattleite, is president of Frank Collucio Construction, one of the largest underground utility contractors in the Pacific Northwest, with major projects across the U.S.
Patricia Collucio is a fourth-generation Seattleite. Her great-great grandfather, Luke McRedmond, was one of the founders of Redmond. She retired within the last few years, having been a senior executive for a transportation firm.
“My big account was Costco,” she says.
There are so many things about the property and the four-bedroom, seven-bathroom home that they love. Here are a few that Patricia listed:
- “The property is completely gated. It is a very technologically smart home setup. I can open the gates from anywhere in the world (from her phone). I can talk to anyone at the gate and identify anyone. I can see who is standing there and monitor all the grounds by way of cameras all the way around the area and the home itself.”
- “If someone wants privacy, this is incredibly private, yet it is one mile from Bellevue Square, and there is a major grocery store and a gas station within a two-minute walk.”
- “We appreciate the beautiful yard. Nick loves doing it all himself, the lawn, trimming the trees, cleaning up the leaves, he loves it. And he keeps his beloved lawn mower in the barn which we restored. It was one of the barns on the original Diamond S Ranch.”
- “We love the flow and the open floor plan. Single-level living is such a treat. We have the ability to host parties for 100 people easily. The living area is enormous and looks out onto the pool and patio.”
- “We expanded the driveway to be very spacious and roomy and accommodate so many guests. We expanded it to be a lot more driveway than we had – all stamped concrete which looks like wood planks. We won the 2014 Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association award for excellence in concrete construction.”
- “We added a fifth and sixth bay to the garage.”
- “We redid the whole master bedroom suite, with a great fireplace with TV over it. The windows in the sitting alcove open to the patio and the pool. You could have the biggest bed in the world and wouldn’t even notice it, the master is so big.”
- “There’s a huge kitchen and wet bar, with a kitchen island so big it can easily hold food for 100 people. The kitchen has three ovens, a six-burner stove, two dishwashers in the kitchen itself and another in the bar area, plus a butler’s pantry and food pantry.”
- “The 1,200-bottle wine cellar is behind a hidden door that looks like a curio cabinet. No one knows it is there. We added onyx walls and a cork ceiling.”
- “I love the wonderful, well-lit library/office with tons of shelving — my favorite place to read.”
- “The amount of storage in that house is ridiculous. When you walk through the doors that lead into the bedroom wing, there are huge sets of closets in front of you and closets all down the hallways.”
So why are the Collucios moving from this home that is so conveniently located and one they enjoy so much?
“Truth of the matter is,” says Patricia, “we are known as nomads in our family. We went from a Buchan home in Issaquah to a waterfront home in Newport Shores, to this Diamond S property, to now a ranch-style place in Redmond. We just stay a few years and feel like it’s time for us to move on.”
Puget Sound Business Journal | Nov 2016