$2,500,000 | Built c.1931 | 15,000 Sq. Ft. | 8 Beds | 5 Baths | 2.38 Acres
151 NW Highland Drive, Shoreline, Washington, United States, 98177
A substantial 15,000 square foot French Château in the confines of the gated Highlands community in Shoreline, Washington that had been labelled as pending sale earlier this year has been reduced to $2.5 million. The 2.38 acre property has been on the market since February of 2019 for as much as $4.75 million. It was designed by architect Lewis P. Hobart and built in 1931 for D.E. Frederick, owner of Frederick & Nelson, a former department store in Washington and Oregon. While the residence is aging gracefully, it desperately needs to find a buyer willing to bring her back to her full potential. The concrete structure spans 15,000 square feet with an elegant entry hall and Florentine marble staircase with antique wrought iron rails built into a 25 foot tall stairwell. One of the living rooms was imported from an old Italian castle from the 1800s while the dining room includes original oriental paintings and crystal chandeliers.
There are ten bedrooms and eight bathrooms throughout, an Otis elevator and large kitchen with original butler’s pantry. According to the listing, the 2.38 acre property includes gardens designed by famed landscaped architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. This style of architecture was not common in the Pacific Northwest so it was surprising to come across a property as grand as this. Thank you to Brian O. for sharing a selection of photos showing what the original structure looked like. Turns out a large section of the residence was removed in the late-1960s. See photos below. It’s a treasure that deserves the time and respect of being restored. The residence is part of The Highlands cooperative community, originally developed c.1907 by the Olmsted Brothers. The neighbourhood sits 450 feet above the Puget Sound. It’s on the market for $2.5 million with Terry Vehrs with Windermere Real Estate.