SEATTLE, WA -- Located just 25 miles from Seattle, the Snoqualmie River Estate is the 14,000 square foot log home of Sharon Ballantine. After raising her children here, both on the water and in the mountains, she's decided to sell her dream home at a real estate auction on August 9. J. P. King Auction Company will conduct the event.
The five en-suite bedrooms and eight bathrooms, along with a sprawling floor plan, make Snoqualmie Riverfront Estate ideal for hosting guests or raising a family, as Ballantine has done. The living room features 25- and 30-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling marble fireplace and 25-foot windows with a view of Mt. Si. Among her favorite features of the home, Ballantine says the pool area, which includes a full kitchen, sauna, skylights, full workout facility and his-and-hers showers, features fully-enclosed floor-to-ceiling windows that give the feeling of swimming at the base of Mt. Si.
"You can feel like you're the only person on the planet here because you don't see anything but nature," she said. "You don't see other homes, and you can't hear anything. Then, once you go out the front gate, it's still rural, but you're three miles from town, and you're in a big city in less than 30 minutes. For us, it's been the perfect combination of solitude and society.”
Apart from its size, the master suite features a glass-door wardrobe that stretches the length of the bedroom and leads to a dressing area. A private deck that overlooks the English garden, fireplace, and bathroom with three vanities and a massive soaking tub finish out the suite. Among the many other features of the home, two separate apartments, two outbuildings and a five-car garage are also included.
The home sits on 50 professionally-manicured acres at the base of Mt. Si and has 900 feet of frontage on the Snoqualmie River at a proximity that, due to recent environmental regulations, cannot be matched. With amenities that include Inland Canadian cedar logs, gourmet kitchen and beamed ceilings throughout, one of the property's most impressive features is one that could not be built: the view provided through the many patios and walls of windows.
"The views we have here are transformative," said Ballantine. "From the trout pond for fishermen to the mountains behind us, the river in front of us and Snoqualmie Falls just a hike away, we've truly appreciated living here. It's been an ideal place to raise the children with all the land we have, the privacy and the quiet. It's been fantastic.”