Patti Payne’s Cool Pads: Grand Mountain Manse in Leavenworth Listed for $2.25 million

A magnificent estate in Leavenworth – a unique mountain retreat on almost 36 acres – is selling for $2.25 million.

This custom log home was built in 2001 and looks like it is right off the pages of Architectural Digest. It is selling with the furniture, which is picture-perfect in each room. The blue pine and fir used in the interior is all from the property.

Windermere brokers Jay Agoado and Gail Herstein have this listing in the hills above Leavenworth, two hours from Seattle in case you are out for a drive.

The estate was built for a couple who lives in Seattle and has used this four-bedroom, five-bath getaway for a family retreat.

He is successful builder/contractor Doug Isler. She is Kathryn “Kate” Isler, who for years lived all over the world for Microsoft as head of its international marketing. This tech power-woman is CEO for startup Daysaver, which serves as a unique automated scheduling bridge between health care providers and their patients.

The Islers have three sons: one lives in Wyoming, one is serving in the Navy, and the youngest just graduated from Roosevelt High School. The boys’ voices don’t echo through the house anymore and it is time to sell.

“This house has been a true family gathering place,” says Kate Isler. “Family and friends would come for holidays. We have had such a good time there. It’s my heart. And it makes me sad to sell it, but we are at the point where some other family should cherish it as much as we have.”

It took three years to build. The logs were sourced from Montana. The enormous custom dining table was crafted from a live edge wood slab from Blewett Pass and took a crane to lift it into the house.

The home has slept 26 people at New Year’s Eve. Summer parties can easily handle 150 guests.

There’s a theater, a room with a pool table, and a wine cellar that is a destination cut right out of the hillside, with a door made from the trees on the property. One of the bedrooms has a climbing wall. Another has a rope climb to a loft.

The listing description points out that this is a place for all seasons: “Hiking, rafting, climbing and stargazing in summer and snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter are just a few of the areas activities. Enjoy Bavarian village festivals throughout the year. A truly special place.”

The pictures say it all: it is everything and more that anyone could want in a retreat like this. And if the equivalent manse were in Bellevue or Seattle, it would sell for six or seven times its current price.

Check out the photos and see what you think.





Puget Sound Business Journal | July 2017
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