The Lake House on Forest Avenue

May 14, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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This week I’m pleased to feature this newly listed waterfront home in the Forest Avenue neighborhood on the west side of Mercer Island.

Mercer Island Waterfront Home on Forest Avenue
Listed at $3,395,000, this home began as a summer beach cabin in 1936. A 1970s extensive remodel transformed the cabin from rustic to refined, while maintaining the home’s summer beach house spirit. Built floor-to-ceiling in lustrous wood including rare curly cherry and tiger maple, this home exudes warmth and the comfort of a rustic lodge. There are many curious artistic touches throughout, including 19th Century Gothic Revival carved oak panels and prayer rails salvaged from a demolished church in England.

At 4,150 square feet, this home is understated compared to many of its waterfront neighbors. It has five bedrooms, a library, two offices, a lower-level recreation room, a wine cellar, and a recently updated galley kitchen. The house sits against a steep slope so guests should wear good shows for traversing the stairs down to the property.

Future owners will love the home’s great room with magnificent views of Seward Park, the Seattle skyline, and the Olympic mountains. They will also enjoy hours of summer fun on the flat grassy lawn that extends out to the low-bank waterfront and dock.

$3,395,000 | 4645 Forest Ave SE | 5 Beds, 2.25 Baths | 4,150 Sq Ft | Lot size 0.5 Acres | MLS# 736212

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Listing courtesy NWMLS/Cynthia Schoonmaker, Windermere Mercer Island