Community Leader Couple Lists Historic Laurelhurst Estate For $3.25 million

One of three original estates in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood is for sale.

5155 N.E. Latimer Place is a grand and glorious estate built in 1925. The estate started its life as a horse and carriage house, and just hit the market for $3.25 million.

The street was named after the Latimer family, which lived at the estate for years. Windermere Broker Barbara Shikiar has the extraordinary listing, described as a “rarely available historic estate sited for complete privacy on a 20,000-foot parcel with unheralded sweeping views of Lake Washington and Mount Rainier.”

This historic hillside manse, with its four stories all facing Lake Washington, is owned by Bob and Dee Simon. He is a seasoned fisheries entrepreneur, and she is the executive director for the Seattle’s Holocaust Center for Humanity.

The two raised their daughter there and have lived in and loved the house for 20 years. Dee says that each prior owner lived there no less than 20 years.

She says the house was built by a banker named Leroy Backus in 1925 and then was bought by his vice president Norval Latimer.

“It used to be a stable,” Dee says. “Latimer named the street after himself and sub-divided the property. You can still see where the carriages used to come down on the lower level. This house has a charm and history and a sense of place that I didn’t feel in many homes I looked at, when we were deciding where to live 20 years ago. And it is very roomy, very spacious because it wasn’t meant to be a house.”

Dee points out that the manse was built before the Montlake Cut was built.

“Wood was a cheap commodity back in the early 1920’s,” she says. “But the builder chose to build this with steel-reinforced concrete, so it is built like a dam and it’s not going anywhere.”

The house totals about 3,800 square feet, with an open concept and sweeping views from every room.

“I love the fact that the house is situated so that you are not looking an any neighbors. It is perched away from the street, and it is in a great neighborhood: lots of children, lots of parks, and a very safe, close-knit community,” she says.

It has five bedrooms and four baths, a wine-cellar, solarium, an open living area, and a master suite that feels, says Dee, like you are on a boat looking out over the water.

“Incredible views from everywhere in the house,” she says.

The Simons are downsizing and have bought and are living in a houseboat on Lake Union near the famed ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ houseboat.

Check out the photos of this lovely, unusual show-stopper of a home, rich in the history of Seattle, yet light and roomy and looking brand new inside.

Puget Sound Business Journal | April 2017
Patti Payne 


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