Patti Payne’s Cool Pads: Producer Ryan Lewis is Selling His Magnolia Waterfront Estate

Grammy award winning musician and producer Ryan Lewis, rapper Macklemore’s collaborator, is selling his Magnolia manse for $7.45 million. Formed in 2008, Macklemore and Lewis are now an internationally popular hip-hop duo from Seattle.

Lewis bought the estate four years ago from retired advertising guru Ron Elginand his wife, Bonnie Elgin. He listed it for $9.45 million a year ago.

The palatial mansion itself is 7,610 square feet and has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. It was significantly remodeled by Lewis, who put $3 million into the redo, including Venetian plaster, gold leaf ceilings, flamed granite, polished marble and more.

The listing adds, “A remarkable master suite includes private terrace, office and generous closet. The library, theater and exquisite bar are each a statement of their own.”

Lewis worked with NB Design Group and Schultz Miller on the remodel. Windermere brokers Casey Price and Tyler Gardner have this rare listing.

Price says this estate has the “wow factor.” And that it is hard to choose a favorite room.

“My first reaction,” Price says, “was to choose the main floor, then I though, no, it’s the bar and theater. Then my mind went to the amazing master suite with the TV dropping out of the ceiling. … The custom bar is remarkable and features reclaimed wood floors taken the from the Route 66 Truck Deck, tin ceilings and zinc countertops.”

Price says even though the location feels private and quiet, it’s close to downtown Seattle. “Ryan says he¹s driven downtown in five minutes, though by my estimates he may have been going a little over the speed limit.”

The estate with its 150 feet of saltwater beach now has a total open floor plan, with fruit trees dotting the exquisite landscaping, terraces, panoramic mountain-to-sound views, and great entertaining spaces.

The philanthropic Elgins estimated they had 20,000 people through their home for parties and charity events in the 20 years they were there.

The Elgins came to know and love Lewis and were so happy he was in the home they cherished for so many years. When he bought the home in 2013, the same year the Macklemore and Lewis single “Thrift Shop” reached No. 1 on the Billboard hits list, Bonnie told me, “I can’t believe we are on a first-name basis. Ryan is the nicest young man I’ve met in years. He has a great work ethic … he deserves whatever fame and fortune comes his way. And he is so happy here (in the Elgins’ old home).”

Puget Sound Business Journal | July 2017
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