This Harvard Ave E Capitol Hill mansion is up for sale with a price tag that would make it — by far — the most expensive home sale ever recorded in the neighborhood, according to a list of top sales provided to CHS by a local real estate expert.
The home hit the market last week with an unlisted address and a whopper of an asking price — $11.2 million. That would nearly double the price of the current recorded top sale — a $5.8 million transaction that went down on a 22nd Ave E home in 2007.
The map below shows the top 10 recorded sales for Capitol Hill according to a dataset provided to us by Hill real estate expert and CHS contributor Marlow Harris of SeattleDreamHomes.com.
CHS has identified the unlisted property as 1137 Harvard Ave E. Here’s the description from the sale listing:
Magnificent Georgian-style home with beautiful grounds and sweeping western views. Designed by Carl Gould, completed in 1912, meticulously updated. Gated entry with circular drive and porte cochere. Grand scale rooms with exquisite millwork, walnut floors and high ceilings. Elegant formals; paneled library; kitchen with marble counters and top-notch appliances; cozy den; sunroom; 5 bedrooms; 8½ baths; 7 fireplaces; 2 offices; media room; stone terrace; 2-level lawn; spa; elevator; 2 garages.
Yup. Eight bathrooms. Seven fireplaces. The 12,000 square-foot mansion sits on more than a half-acre of land on the western edge of Capitol Hill overlooking Lake Union. Seattle sports surgeon Merritt Auld acquired the property in 1987 for $1.2 million, according to King County records.
Somewhat ironically, the best history of the home we can find online is the marketing material posted by neighboring high-end condo complex Harvard & Highland. According to their site, the mansion was the long-time home of timber baron Julius Bloedel.