Lake Washington is a large freshwater body of water that borders Seattle on the west and the cities of Bellevue and Kirkland to the east. Of course, since the 1980s tech boom, the “Eastside” has grown rapidly in population. Real estate prices have likewise soared, especially for properties on the water. Originally a 1931 Dutch colonial, this expanded house in Kirkland offers panoramic views across Lake Washington, to Mount Rainier, the Seattle skyline, and the Olympic Mountains.
The property has become well known among lakeside boaters because of its landmark outdoor sculpture that was inspired by Gaudi — you know, the Spanish art nouveau architect. The piece serves as seating around a gas fire pit, offering an artistic transition from the home to the water.
And the rest of the property is pretty striking as well. The 3,876-square-foot, four bedroom, four bathroom house, set on a double lot of about half an acre, is currently asking $7.2 million, and is listed with Bryan Loveless of Windermere.
That Gaudi-inspired piece was created over six months by a specialist tile company. But it isn’t the only notable part of this property: there’s also a three-story stair tower, a large granite pond with waterfall, and an 87-foot long dock for water toys. The estate was purchased by the current owners in 1993 and underwent three major enhancements. In 1995, the 1931 colonial was rebuilt and expanded to include the stair tower and the living room, as well as a third floor.