Much has been said about the soaring costs of housing in Washington, especially in boomtown Seattle, where newcomers have pushed housing costs to historic new heights, both in the rental and buying market. Since 2000, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue MSA has grown by 700,000 new inhabitants – that’s more than Seattle’s entire current population. As a result, rents in the Emerald City have risen a staggering 43 percent in the last four years alone, with high demand expected to continue pushing prices further upwards.
And it’s not just rental prices that have gone vertical – the Washington single-family market is soaring too, with the Evergreen State now counted among the top 5 most expensive states for home prices nationwide. According to Northwest Multiple Listing Service (Northwest MLS), single family home prices expanded 8.7 percent in 2016, while condo prices surged 12.6 percent higher compared to 2015.
Washington’s luxury residential segment is booming too, with Northwest MLS reporting a 21 percent sales volume increase in 2016. And while the top end of the Washington residential market isn’t sporting the jaw-dropping prices of the Hamptons’ or Florida’s most expensive homes, the Evergreen State still boasts a plethora of pricy pads in some of the most breathtaking locations in the nation – and we’ve hunted down the 10 most expensive homes for sale in Washington right now.
Ranging in price from $15 million to $28 million, these homes are the best the Evergreen State has to offer, from spacious living and generous acreages to private beaches, helipads and equestrian facilities. As for Washington’s most expensive home for sale right now, it comes with a private vintage car and carriage showroom and acres upon acres of meticulously landscaped grounds.
Asking price: $15,000,000
One of Seattle’s most iconic homes, this Neoclassical mansion was commissioned in 1910 by noted businessman and philanthropist Samuel Hill. Located in the Harvard-Belmont historic landmark district, the 5-bed home offers expansive Lake Union, Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains views, best enjoyed from the rooftop terrace, which boasts two fireplaces and a spa.
(undisclosed address), Bellevue
Asking price: $15,000,000
This 5-bed Bridle Trails estate is all about luxurious finishes – marble, granite, onyx, Italian fountains and landscaped grounds are just some of the sleek features this property boasts. Other pricey extras include a show-stopping indoor pool and spa, wine cellar, 6 fireplaces, wet bar and sauna.
(undisclosed address), Bellevue
Asking price: $16,980,000
The ideal pad for entertaining, this 5-bedroom custom-build property comes with a game room, wine cellar, gourmet kitchen, 1,000-square-foot veranda and outdoor spa. But entertaining isn’t just land-based for this gated Bellevue estate – the property also features 162 feet of private lake frontage and a private dock. Built in 2000, this home also caters to auto enthusiasts with its 6-car garage and workshop.
945 Cormorant Bay Road, Eastsound
Asking price: $17,000,000
Located in one of the most beautiful areas of the Northwest, this San Juan Islands estate combines high-end living with the love of the outdoors. The heavily wooded 118-acre estate comes with a 12,000-square-foot Frank Lloyd Wright-esque waterfront main residence, waterfront guest house, 2,300 feet of oceanside trails, a secret beach, large docking system with deep water moorage and a large Boston Whaler. The 7-bed estate also comes with a private golf course, caretaker’s home, sizeable storage facility and a range of sporting equipment.
(undisclosed address), Birch Bay, Blaine
Asking price: $17,868,000
Boasting breathtaking views of San Juan and the Canadian Gulf islands, this 66-acre compound is a steal with its 1,575 feet of coveted Georgia Strait waterfront, airstrip, helipad and stables. The 12,000-square-foot mansion features high-end amenities such as 6 fireplaces, a wet bar, wine cellar, elevator, sauna and guest apartment. The estate is located in the waterfront gated community of Birch Bay.
(undisclosed address), Blakely Island
Asking price: 18,500,000
Absolute privacy and ease of access combine in this 29-acre, private island-like estate. The property is adjacent to Blakely Island Marina and Airport and boasts two deep moorages of its own capable of holding a yacht up to 110 feet long as well as two boathouses. The 7-bedroom home comes with both landscaped gardens and old-growth forest.
678 Primrose Lane, Friday Harbor
Asking price: $19,980,000
Washington has no shortage of awe-inspiring vistas and this 5-bedroom home high above the waters of San Juan Island revels in the scenic views afforded by its location. Dubbed Eagle’s Nest, the 19,676-square-foot property boasts 4,700 square feet of exercise, media and game space as well as a luxurious master suite with expansive views.
5330 Butterworth Road, Mercer Island
Asking price: $22,600,000
Sporting an enviable Mercer Island waterfront location, this newly-listed 14,940-square-foot home is a sportsman’s retreat. The 5-bedroom property boasts a dock, putting green, billiards parlor and a year-round sports pavilion with private tennis court, exhibitor squash court and indoor spa. Other swanky features include a movie theater and a tap room.
(undisclosed address), Woodland
Asking price: $23,500,000
If you refuse to compromise on breathtaking views, this 165-acre estate 30 minutes from Portland is the home for you. Perched atop a hill, the 3-bedroom house presents achingly pretty views from the Columbia River to the Oregon Hills. The estate also comes with equestrian facilities such as a 20-stall barn and indoor arena.
Asking price: $28,000,0000
Touted as “one of the greatest privately owned landscaped properties in the USA” over at Realogics Sotheby’s, Misty Isle Farms certainly lives up to its billing. Sprawling over 525 acres, the estate boasts thousands of trees and plants from around the world, extensive water features, 8 miles of hiking and horse-riding trails, a PGA-standard golf practice area, roll-away helipad and a 2,200-foot private landing strip. 7 guest houses offer additional housing to the 6,500-square-foot main residence. The property also features a variety of outbuildings, among which a 12,000-square-foot vintage car and carriage showroom.