Seattle, Washington, United States
A massive stone and glass mansion rising from the shores of Lake Washington almost seems out of place in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the former residence of Kenny G, American Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, who grew up in Seattle, Washington. Kenny G’s 1986 album, Duotones, proved to be a commercial success with the track “Songbird” reaching number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. With that success came great wealth. Kenny G’s net worth is reportedly $100 million and by the early-1990s the jazz saxophonist commissioned architect Richard Landry to design an impressive 15,130 square foot English-style manor on a waterfront estate just outside Seattle. He sold the 4.3 acre property in the late-1990s to Craig McCaw, founder of McCaw Cellular, for a reported $20 million. Architectural Digest covered the mansion in a 1997 issue of the magazine with Kenny G stating, “We wanted a comfortable home, but we also wanted a real sense of style.” The residence is unique for the Pacific Northwest as this particular style is not commonly seen. As of 2017, the property was assessed at over $33 million with an annual tax bill of $266,426. Current owner, Craig McCaw, has a net worth of $1.3 billion and made headlines in 2012 when he paid $38.1 million for 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Kenny G now resides in Malibu, California and remains one of the best-selling artists of all time with global sales totalling more than 75 million records. The saxophonist was also one of Starbucks first investors and told Time in January 2015 that he was somewhat responsible for Starbucks creating their signature Frappuccino. The 15,130 stone mansion includes a grand formal entrance, two-storey living room with wall of windows looking out to the water, a wood-panelled library and fireplaces in nearly every room including the gourmet kitchen and master ensuite! What do you think of the property?