The Flip to End All Flips

Property Watch: Move in to Howard Schultz's Former Penthouse

After more than a decade as a skeleton, this top floor condo is now one of Seattle's fanciest listings.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd April 7, 2021

If you're a Seattle property nerd, you have probably heard whispers about the top floor of ultra-posh Millennium Tower at Second and Columbia, the penthouse space formerly owned by Starbucks founder Howard Schultz. The two units on the top floor sat vacant, save for some exposed pipes and wiring, since at least 2004—and spent more than nine years on the market before finally selling in 2017. The new owners, members of Seattle's tech elite, remodeled both units separately, and now one is re-emerging with an ornate, modern buildout and a nearly eight-figure price tag. Basically, it's one heck of a flip.

It's hard to call a home with its own lobby "minimalist," but the interior, designed by Rocky Rochon, uses simple geometry in neutral colors and natural finishes. In the massive great room, this aesthetic frames 180-degree views through walls of windows—right down to a fireplace in the living area, built in an L-shape with a small gas flame out in the open.

A long skylight stretching along the length of the living and dining areas balances out the natural light. Just off the kitchen, a more traditional pillar fireplace carves out a cozier den. A terrace spans the entire length of the penthouse, giving easy access to the open air.

Up close, the finishes get more elaborate. Throughout the home, tailored elements include hammered metal tiles, hand-troweled plaster, and chiseled stone, adding texture and personalization. Even the gas burners on the stove are custom-made.

Down a quieter hall each of the three bedrooms has its own private bath, but the corner suite at the end is like its own dwelling—its bath and walk-in closet are each bigger than many normal-people bedrooms. The bedroom here has its own fireplace and a free-standing soaking tub, and opens to a section of the terrace with a fountain for another touch of extravagance.

If it weren't fancy enough, the home includes its own private elevator to a rooftop deck for 360-degree views above the 20th floor. These outdoor areas add more than 1,000 extra square feet to a home that's already big enough to get lost in: Large closets and bonus rooms are sprinkled throughout, waiting to become offices or home gyms.

Listing Fast Facts

715 Second Avenue, Unit 2001
Size: 4,044 square feet, 3 bedroom/3.25 bath
List Date: 3/6/2021
List Price: $9,500,000, $3,359/mo HOA
Listing Agent: Lance Neely, Heritage Realty

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