Marina and John Hardwick are selling their showstopper 10,380 square-foot manse on the Sammamish plateau in Windsor Greens for $3.98 million.
Both semi-retired now — he flips houses and she does tech contract work — she was Microsoft’s senior director of U.S. sales and marketing; he did mechanical contracting for 22 years. He stayed home to help raise their three children, and now they have one child remaining at home, a daughter who is a senior in high-school.
They’ve lived in the house at 857 Windsor Dr. S.E. for 13 years and loved it.
“We bought it so that we would know where our kids were,” says John. “It has the swimming pool and big giant hot tub and a sport court and the golf course right there. We hosted all the kids’ stuff – just about every event for school, sports and charity here.”
“I’ve never seen grounds like this,” says Marina of the nearly two beautifully landscaped acres. “They are gorgeous. And people don’t realize you could have hundreds of people park up and down our street. We’ve had parties of 400 people here.”
“This house holds great memories for us,” says John, a native Washingtonian who was in the first class at Pine Lake Junior High in the 1970s, where the Hardwick’s children also went.
“It’s bittersweet,” says Marina, who explains that they bought the home from legendary techie entrepreneur Brian Valentine, a former high-ranking exec at both Microsoft and Amazon. “Everything is top-notch in this house. And the community is unbelievable. From all the athletics to the charitable events that go on here, this house was filled with people. We would laugh and call it the Sammamish Community Center before there was one. All the kids would come here and just hang. The parents would drop them off and pick them up. It’s been unbelievable and the neighbors are amazing.”
Both said that looking out the windows in every single room is like looking out at a framed picture.
This prized rustic yet elegant estate has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a 10-car garage, huge epicurean kitchen and family room and a second kitchen. The home is open and light-filled.
“Everything about it is warm and inviting,” says Marina. “When we moved in, we never thought it was a big house. We filled it, we used it and we embraced it.”
Now it is too big for the two of them with only one youngster left, who is gone much of the time. They are scouting for a smaller home here and another place where winters are dryer and warmer.
Windermere Brokers John Kritsonis and Karl Lindor have the listing for this Sammamish estate. Check out the slideshow by Paul Gjording and picture yourself in this luxurious dwelling.
Puget Sound Business Journal | May 2017