The private driveway lined with magnificent hedges leads to the Iconic Medina Waterfront Estate, a majestic 2.5 acre property on Lake Washington in the heart of Medina graced by 150 feet of waterfront with a sweeping southern Mount Rainier view.
Elegant “Seafoam” rose trees planted in terra cotta pots line the entrance driveway offering a blush of pink that sets a tone of muted harmony. Offered for the first time in nearly fifty years, one is overtaken by a sense of awe and wonder at the beautiful, traditional clinker brick home with an impressive carriage house including a grand interior guest loft designed by acclaimed architect George Suyama. Enveloped in greenery, the estate’s main residence offers gracious spaces which invite intimate fireside evenings or grand entertaining.
Hazelnuts crackle beneath one’s feet as one winds down the pathway to a lakeside retreat that begins below an English rolling lawn set against the stunning Mt. Rainier backdrop. Life at the water’s edge offers a rock enclosed lake splash pool for dipping one’s toes, and a pump house and dock with deep water moorage for endless aquatic adventures. Listen to the waves lap against the shoreline on a quiet afternoon from your perfect perch or watch the sun melt beneath the lake on tranquil evenings as the weeping willow beckons good fortune. Timeless and refined, this is where your legacy begins.
Offered at $28,000,000
A thoughtful collaboration
The gardens are the result of close collaboration between landscape architect Robert Chittock and the seller. A thoughtful design reflects the seller’s travels to England yet retains a quintessentially Pacific Northwest character. True to English design, herringbone pathways carry one through the property, fusing natural and architectural elements.
Often referred to as a “garden for all seasons,” the formal parterre is a palette of white blossoms which are just as breathtaking in the autumn as they are at the height of spring.
One can’t help but feel one has discovered a long-kept secret amongst the rich plantings and roses, as perennial blooms maintain the garden’s formality, and underplantings provide seasonal changes. In the spring, buds awaken and give way to summer’s bloom flourishes and white-flowering perennials. At the center of the garden, a reflection pool offers a space for a morning meditation amidst water lilies and ivy swept bricks. Moving deeper within the formal space, a Sundial Garden and clay tennis court are home to a sitting area where a match comes alive with a glass of lemonade beneath a covered arbor.
A Cedar Allee beckons for a stroll beneath the towering treetops or an unforgettable evening of entertaining highlighted by a one-of-a-kind chandelier. Pick summertime’s harvest at the peach, apple, and pear trees, or pause and reflect on the grandeur of two old growth Sequoias. Bursts of color catch one’s eye in the informal garden, as rambling roses climb into the trees with abandon.
A renowned history
The magical grounds are registered at the Smithsonian and have been featured prominently in numerous print publications. It has been a romantic setting for weddings and numerous sensational charitable fundraisers. A highlight of the property’s history was when Dale Chihuly installed his fabulous glass art throughout the garden and in the lake. Five charities benefitted as many guests enjoyed the art, delectable bites and craft cocktails as they interacted with the garden art.