Patti Payne’s Cool Pads: $7.5M Luxury Northwest Mansion is Builder’s Masterpiece

There are new homes and then there are new homes, with an implied exclamation point. The brand new modern manse at  8813 N.E. 19th St. in Clyde Hill definitely earns an exclamation point! Or two.

Listed at $7.489 million, this is the most expensive spec home that seasoned builder Dean Jasper with Dean Homes has built in his 25 years in the business. He has built homes in Medina, Clyde Hill, Mercer Island and some in Seattle.

“I’ve done bigger and more expensive custom homes,” says Jasper, “but this is the most expensive spec home I have ever done.”

“It’s the coolest house I’ve ever had; in general I think it’s one of most well executed homes I’ve ever seen, says Windermere Broker Steven Erickson, who, along with Windermere Broker Mallory Hanley, has the listing.

This luxurious  Northwest contemporary manse is just shy of 6,500 square feet and has five bedrooms and five baths.

Part of the Multiple Listing Service writeup reads:  “…Captivating floor to ceiling sliding windows to grand deck, superior kitchen and great room with sunken bar and scullery. An unparalleled master retreat, lower level rec/bar area, wine vault, exercise room and five car garage.”

The “scullery” is simply a smaller kitchen right off the main kitchen where caterers and others can prep, with a full complement of all the needed appliances.

Ask Jasper what’s special about this mansion, and he first credits his Dean Homes team including Designer Lacey Boyer, Construction Manager Schaelier Chung, and Project Manager Beverly Schultz, without whom he says this could not have happened.

He also lauds Architect James Romano of Conard Romano Architects.

“It’s our first project together. I feel so fortunate to have opportunity to build a fabulous house like this. To date this is my  masterpiece,” Jasper says.

A lot of custom steel, natural limestone and wood was used in the building this home. There is no formal living room, but rather one enormous great room space, filled with light.

“It’s a great home for entertaining with drop-dead gorgeous views of Mercer Island, Lake Washington, downtown Seattle, the Olympic mountains and Overlake golf course,” says Jasper.

In the great room, where there is also a sunken bar, a whole glass wall opens up and folds totally out of sight allowing the huge deck and great room to flow together.

The great room also features a wall of wine, one of multiple wine storage spaces throughout the house. Another wine space is in the basement bar, which has a whole glass back wall of wine. And there’s a mahogany-encased wine cellar, which is behind a bank-vault safe door.

Jasper says the master bathroom is something people have not seen before, describing it as a glass box with windows on three sides and big skylight above.

“The vanity is suspended from the ceiling, appearing to float. It is back lit. There are exterior blinds on all the windows to choose your level of modesty. A full slab of Calacatta marble separates the massive master shower,” he says.

This manse has been on the market barely a month, and has qualified buyers circling from the day it opened for showings.

Puget Sound Business Journal | October 2017
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