World War II communications facility on Washington’s Bainbridge Island masterfully converted into light-filled estate and offered for US$7,600,000
The 12,000-square-foot residence with 10 secluded and wooded acres on the exclusive island enclave features the full array of luxury appointments, all just a 35-minute ferry ride to downtown Seattle
Seattle, Washington, (September 29, 2021) — Once a top-secret World War II outpost built in 1941 to intercept enemy communications for the U.S. Navy, this Bainbridge Island estate is a marvel of architectural transformation. True to the classical symmetry of its original European Palladian design, the home now features Art Deco touches such as curved walls, fluted details and glass block. The windows are oversized and with French doors throughout, natural light floods the home. The indoor pool is exquisite, and the five-car garage space is ideal for the car collector. Of note, the wine closet in the dining room was once the vault protecting military secrets.
“This stunning property is a testimony to creative and adaptive reuse of an existing building, in this case a military structure dating to the Second World War,” said Zackary Wright, Western Region executive director, Christie’s International Real Estate. “The result is quite simply extraordinary.”
The Bainbridge Island estate, with four bedrooms and five baths on three levels, is represented by Scott Wasner, co-founder and executive vice-president of Christie’s International Real Estate Seattle.
Said Mr. Wasner: “While the Palladian and Art Deco styles may be decades apart, the crisp white trim accents, natural slate, French oak floors and chic lighting throughout bring everything together in a wonderfully modern way.”
Stately front doors open to interiors with 11-foot beamed ceilings and majestic original columns. The open floor plan includes a living room with a full wet bar, multiple seating areas and a double-sided fireplace. All the public areas - including a formal dining room, the gourmet kitchen with marble counters and top-of-the-line appliances, an informal dining area, and family room — open to outdoor terraces, ideal for entertaining and enjoying the island lifestyle with family. A guest bedroom with en suite bath and a powder room completes this level.
A sweeping staircase, flooded with light by a tall window and skylights, leads to the second level’s private quarters, including an en suite guest bedroom, a home office and the owner’s suite, spanning more than 1,000 square feet. This retreat includes a lounge area with fireplace, large walk-in closet, spa-quality bath with marble floor, freestanding tub and shower with three showerheads and a chandelier of shells to add a touch of island aesthetic to the space. French doors at the far end of the suite opens to an expansive rooftop terrace that provides sweeping views of the estate's property.
The basement level runs the entire length of the house. With its bedroom that opens to a shady courtyard, full bath and kitchenette, it could be converted to an in-law suite or gym. It is currently used for casual entertaining and houses the home theater and entry to the indoor pool, with its slate deck, tall windows and an adjoining full bath with shower. Four sets of French doors open to sunny patios and a lovely courtyard that features a fragrant lavender garden.
Located on one of the island’s highest vantages, the property is surrounded by mature trees, expansive lawns and fields of wildflowers. Bainbridge Island, accessible only by ferry, is one of Seattle’s most coveted addresses. Bucolic and rural — the area boasts nature preserves with extensive hiking and biking trails, not to mention a robust farmer’s market of local produce — combines with an atmosphere of casual elegance. The downtown is home to cafés, coffee shops and a beloved bookstore. The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, housed in an eco-friendly building, offers rotating exhibitions by contemporary local artists.
About Christie’s International Real Estate
Christie’s International Real Estate has successfully marketed high-value real estate around the world for more than 30 years. Through its New York City brokerage and invitation-only Affiliate network spanning 49 countries and territories, Christie’s International Real Estate offers incomparable services to a global clientele at the luxury end of the residential property market. The company has offices in London, New York City, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach, and its affiliated brokerages have recorded approximately US$500 billion of real estate transactions over the last five years. (Data as of June 30, 2021.) For additional information, please visit christiesrealestate.com.