$3,500,000 | Built 1905 | 9,955 Sq. Ft. | 6 Beds | 6 Baths | 2.76 Acres
412 Laurel Drive, Everett, Washington, United States, 98201
History of the Rucker House by Herald Net: The population of Everett was 16,000 in 1905 when construction was finished on the mansion built by timber tycoon brothers Wyatt and Bethel Rucker for a then-whopping $40,000. The home was shared with Bethel’s bride, Ruby, and their mom, Jane Rucker, who died two years later. The home changed hands when the Ruckers moved to Lake Stevens to be near their sawmill, tired of the long commute by horse-and-buggy and row boat. Though no Rucker (other than a namesake dog) has lived in the house for about 100 years, it’s still called Rucker Mansion. In the 1990s, the property was vacant and needed TLC. There was talk of razing it and subdividing the land. Bob and Brenda Kerr scooped it up for $650,000 in 1997. The couple, who met in Alaska, were newlyweds. Bob had lived in Bellevue since 1975, and he wanted to bring Brenda to Washington. “I told her about this charming old house in Everett with a ballroom,” said Bob Kerr, who hails from Texas and still has the drawl. Brenda Kerr, an outdoorsy Minnesotan turned Coloradan then Alaskan, wasn’t familiar with Everett or its Rucker founders. “I just thought we were touring a cool historic mansion,” she said. The couple saw the house on a Sunday and made an offer on Monday. They own property management and investment companies, but this was for their residence. The Kerrs spent the next 23 years fixing it up. It was a combination of DIY and calling in the experts.