Success in the real estate industry can often hinge on setting yourself apart from the competition. A good real estate agent / broker should always be searching for unique opportunities. One effective way is to find a niche market, and establish yourself as an authority.
While luxury homes may require special marketing avenues and greater investment, they can prove well worth the effort. So if you are, or wish to become, a real estate agent / broker in the Washington area, which properties should you set your sights on?
1. Misty Isle Farms | SW 220th Street, Vashon Island - $33 Million
Spread out over 525 acres, the Misty Isle Farms property includes seven additional houses for guests and / or employees, an arboretum, cattle pastures, a driving range, and 8 miles of hiking and horse-riding trails.
2. Bellalago | Bellevue, Lake Washington - $32.58 Million
The Bellalago is 11,520 square feet of pure luxury and indulgence spread on the shores of Lake Washington with a private beachfront of over 265 feet. Amenities include a two-story library, a wine cellar, home theater, and a fitness center.
3. 5330 Butterworth Road, Mercer Island - $26.8 Million
The sprawling, majestic property on Mercer Island includes a scone and tea room at the waterside putting green, and represents the epitome of inventive opulence in residential estates.
4. Eagle's Nest | 678 Primrose Lane, Friday Harbor - $19.98 Million
Built in 2013, the 21 acre spread dubbed the 'Eagle's Nest' features a breathtaking list of amenities, including a billiard room, a green house, a movie theater, and a mock wine cellar with a faux vineyard view. The property also has several other, smaller houses.
5. Blakely Island - $18.5 Million
The 29 acre spread includes a boathouse which can accommodate a yacht up to 110 feet long. It offers all sorts of views, and has a private, gated road which leads to the rest of the island.
6. 8415 Southwest Soper Road, Vashon Island - $18 Million
Built in 1999, this 9,969 square foot spread has its own lighthouse. The property also includes five bedrooms, a library, home theater, wine cellar, spa, sauna, and a boat house among other amenities.
7. 67 Roulac Lane, Friday Harbor - $16.8 Million
A sheltered bay offers sanctuary to 39 acres of stunning landscape and luxury. A 110 feet deep and 360 feet long dock provide the perfect opportunity for adventure. Amenities include an attached garage, spa, sauna, a fireplace, recreation room, and a fully finished basement.
8. Bridle Trails, Bellevue - $16.5 Million
Spread out over 13,000 square feet, this property is a tribute to baroque accents. Staircases, floors, and bathroom walls are lined with onyx, marble, and granite while Italian fountains are dotted across the grounds. Amenities include a basketball court and an indoor pool.
9. 1750 92nd Ave NE, Bellevue - $12.88 Million
A tribute to modern European grandeur, 'The Mansion' sits on nearly 1.5 acres of land overlooking Lake Washington, Olympics, and the Seattle skyline. Amenities include an athletic court, a cabana/gazebo, a patio, and an in-ground pool.
10. 99 Union St UNIT 1202, SEATTLE - $12.5 Million
Built in 2008, this sophisticated urban refuge offers breathtaking views of the Olympic mountains, the iconic Mount Rainier, and Puget Sound.