Scott and Michelle Peyree are selling their 2,453-square-foot penthouse at 1521 Second Ave. in Seattle because they weren’t really using it enough.
Scott Peyree is co-founder and CEO of QuoteWizard, a free-to-consumers, online insurance-comparison company. He is also a 2016 Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 award winner.
ichelle Peyree was an IT project management consultant with Accenture before their two children were born. She is a board member of Make-A-Wish and active in other charities and their daughters’ school.
“We bought (the penthouse) in late 2007 before it was built out,” recalls Michelle. “We knew the building was going up and we were interested in getting a place downtown, although we had already purchased a home on Mercer Island.”
Scott worked downtown, and the couple thought it would be fun to have their second home in the heart of Seattle.
“We were not looking for a penthouse,” Michelle says, “but once we started looking, we looked at all the options.”
The two started a family shortly after they bought the penthouse. Their eldest daughter’s first birthday was at the 1521 Building right after the condo was completed.
They fell in love with it every time they were there: the master suite, the second level overlooking the city and Elliott Bay with a private hot tub, barbecue, fireplace and TV, views from all the rooms, the open floor plan, the kitchen and the convenience.
“It’s convenient for and to everything,” Michelle says. “I loved that I could at the last minute pop down to (Pike Place) Market and put together a whole dinner with the freshest in seafood and meats and vegetables. And we loved that the building felt like a community. We did not feel like city dwellers on our own. People know each other in that building.”
Windermere Broker Scott Richards has the listing and loves this place as well.
“This IS Seattle,” he says, describing the penthouse. “The unit is the top of the building. You have your own private outdoor deck looking out at CenturyLink Field, Puget Sound, and if you look straight down you are literally on top of Pike Place Market.”
Richards admits he likes to loiter whenever he shows this property.
“You have a view everywhere and you are part of it … I stand there and didn’t even know this was possible,” he says.
It’s time to sell because the Peyree’s daughters are older and in school closer to their waterfront home.
“It makes it difficult to stay there at the penthouse,” Michelle says. “Their friends are here, their school is here, and now we have decided to do a bunch of work on the home on Mercer Island knowing that this is going to be a long-term permanent place, so it’s wise for us to sell the Seattle place.”
Check out photographer Michael Walmsley’s pictures in the slideshow to steep yourself in this luxurious slice of Seattle from the 38 th floor, a property that Richards has aptly named “Point of View.”
Puget Sound Business Journal | August 2017