The Seattle-area real estate market just hit a new high-price record. A Hunts Point estate built for Kenny G, aka ​​Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, has become the most expensive listing in Northwest Multiple Listing Service history at a whopping $85 million. The no-bank waterfront property has been in the ultra-wealthy McCaw family since cell service magnate Craig McCaw—net worth $2.2 billionpurchased the home from Gorelick in 1999. For the last 14 years, it’s been the home of his brother Bruce McCaw, who cofounded McCaw Cellular, and sister-in-law Jolene McCaw. With Steve Ballmer right next door, it’s second to only Evergreen Point Road in Medina for housing the Seattle area’s ultra-wealthy.

As one would expect for an eight-figure mansion in Hunts Point, this 10-bedroom, five-bath home is audaciously opulent. While the main house is 12,000 square feet, if you add up all the structures on the property—including a staff house, a beach house, and a cabana—it’s more like 17,000. The look is a blend of rococo, English manor, and mid-'90s decadence, with a two-story foyer and columns, corbels, ornate molding, and even detailed reliefs. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home, some arched, have colonial-style grids for a little bit of a vintage air. The 4.3-acre property features well-manicured lawns, a large pool with small fountains, a beachside lounge area, and a palatial sports court. In one smaller garden, a bronze sculpture of a painter, perhaps Monet, shares a bench.

There’s a reason it looks like it belongs on an episode of MTV Cribs: It was designed by Richard Landry, the architect to the stars sometimes called the King of the Megamansion. Landry is also behind Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s 28-bedroom palace (complete with moat and bridge) and Lisa Vanderpump’s former 15,000-square-foot home. Mark Wahlberg’s Landry-designed 30,000-square-foot mansion with a waterfall pool, a large gym, two jacuzzis, and a putting green just hit the market with a similar price tag of $87.5 million.

When Gorelick first moved to the property, it was home to a 1933 Tudor, but rather than knock it down, he floated the house and its attached garage to a lot on Bainbridge Island. According to the Wall Street Journal, he had planned to build an even bigger house, but was foiled by local opposition. So later, still annoyed with the neighbors, he started taking off from Cozy Cove, the inlet between Hunts Point and Yarrow Point, buzzing his neighbors in his seaplane. According to the report, his flight instructor reminded him that the neighbors would just ban seaplanes if he kept it up.

The home still has seaplane parking today, along with moorage for boats, jet skis, and even a yacht up to 150 feet, although it’s a post-Gorelick addition. Bruce McCaw, also a pilot, designed the dock himself; he told the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Patti Payne that it’s “the best dock on Lake Washington.” Listing agent Anna Riley describes it as "a private marina."

The NWMLS is an aggregating service for real estate listings in most counties in Washington, including King, Pierce, Kitsap, and Snohomish. While it catalogs the vast majority of listings in the Seattle area and beyond, it doesn’t capture private, off-market sales—so it’s hard to be absolutely sure that this is the region’s most expensive listing. But at $85 million, its chances of being an all-around recordbreaker are pretty good.

Listing Fast Facts

Undisclosed address, Hunts Point
Size: 17,599 square feet/4.3 acres, 10 bedroom/5 bath
List Date: 4/21/2022
List Price: $85,000,000
Listing Agents: 
Anna Riley and Denise Niles, Windermere Real Estate

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