Evolving from years past, more waterfront buyers today are attracted to not only homes with the right location and logistics, but those that are in exquisite turn-key condition. To be sure, there is still a tear down/rebuild-renovate market, but with the uncertainties of far-reaching waterfront codes and regulatory restrictions and an emerging ‘have it now’ mindset, we are seeing greater demand from buyers who want waterfront homes ready to move in to and now.

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W Collection is its own standalone brand with a separate website, WByWindermere.com, signage, presentation materials, and specialized advertising opportunities. When developing W Collection, Jacobi said that the goal was to create a sophisticated, yet humble, brand that evokes the understated expression of wealth that is unique to the Pacific Northwest. “Our clients are not largely drawn to the shows of excessive wealth that you see at other companies and in other parts of the country. This is reflected in the W Collection brand,” said Jacobi.

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Seattle’s diverse private waterfront consists of both rugged Puget Sound saltwater coastline and protected Lake Washington shoreline, along with a number of smaller bodies of water (not included in this report). Of Q2’s 10 waterfront sales, 6 were sited on Lake Washington north of 520, 1 on Lake Washington south of 520, and 3 on Puget Sound in West Seattle.

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Enjoying direct and private access to the water is typically the primary motivator for buyers seeking a waterfront property. As such, it’s really important to consider how you intend to use your waterfront. For example, if you’re a boater, evaluate the moorage at the property. Is the water deep enough for your particular type of boat? Is there a boat lift to keep the boat out of the water when not in use, or do you plan to dry dock for the winter? If you’re a swimmer, is the lakeshore accessible to wade in, or do you have to jump off a dock or platform? If you have jet skis, sail boats or other water toys, is there a place to store them or moor them? If you’re looking forward to peaceful days on your stand-up paddleboard, is the water in front of your home typically choppy or calm? When you entertain, is there ample parking for guests or space for visitors to tie up their boats on your dock?

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A head turner o a Mercer Island home – which is listed for $5.88 million – was the creation of the late Ralph Anderson, one of Seattle’s most prolific and famous architects, and his builder son Ross Anderson. Together, the two of them designed and built this 4,540 square foot waterfront home located on 4014 East Mercer Way. It turned out to be te preservationist’s second last home. They completed it in 2001. Windermere Premier Broker Larry Williams has the listing and loves talking about this quintessential Anderson home…

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