Steeped in history and positioned for today’s modern lifestyle, the impeccable WillowDon Estate affords nearly two acres of tasteful Olmsted Brothers gardens leading to 174 feet of low-bank waterfront on Lake Washington’s coveted shores. The grand and gated Palmer estate provides the utmost privacy, befitting the stately 1927 main home marked by leaded windows, a peaked roof and an elegant stucco façade. One is overcome by a sense of reverence when they step beneath the archway and into the 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom residence. A grand formal room is primed for entertaining with an ornate fireplace and leaded windows with stained glass embellishments that give way to quintessential Pacific Northwest views of lush greenery extending toward the lake and settling upon a vision of majestic Mount Rainier.
5525 S Frontenac Street
Seattle, Washington 98118
Offered at $7,850,000
7,498 Square Feet
Built in 1927
174' of Lakefront
EAT, DRINK & RElax
Ignite the senses in an Epicurean kitchen well-suited for even the most ambitious culinary endeavors, as Blonde Onyx countertops and Barber Wilson fixtures meet an island, prep and farm sinks, state-of-the-art appliances and a butler’s pantry. The concrete kitchen floors add a sense of architecture and comfort with radiant heating, while an eat-in area serves as an ideal space for morning coffee or afternoon refreshment. On warm summer afternoons, move through the door and prepare a feast atop the grill or have a glass of wine on the balcony while the sun sets. Quiet winter evenings are best spent fireside in the informal living room or with a lively gathering in the formal dining room accented by a tasteful crystal chandelier and French doors that lead outside.
The master suite stands as its own sanctuary with a sitting area, fireplace and private balcony offering a one-of-a-kind perch for taking in the splendor. A sumptuous ensuite imparts all one needs for the ultimate in relaxation, with Lefroy Brooks fixtures, two standalone sinks, a soaking tub and a rain shower. The lower level of the home avails daily living and grand entertaining. Engage in a friendly game of pool or lower the screen for a movie night in the billiards room with outstanding technology, custom built-ins and a fireplace. Invite guests for a wine tasting in the original Palmer vault, which was converted into a wine cellar with a Rathskeller bar. After a workout in the gym, relax in the sauna and steam shower.
Updated with the latest technological accommodations, the main home and carriage house include efficient heating and air conditioning and Savant systems throughout with lighting, audio-video, automated shades and a security system. Additional features include restored and resourced classic vintage alabaster light fixtures, a built-in vacuum, generator and a second master bedroom with an ensuite. An exquisite waterfront lifestyle is complemented by a Stuart Silk designed carriage house that was completed in 2012 to flawlessly accommodate guests with vintage brick pathways and a motor court. The well-appointed guest home provides arched ceilings and a warm fireplace in the living space, a small kitchen with a Wolf gas range and posh guest quarters.
Designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the stately gardens figure prominently in Seattle’s horticultural history. Serving as an anchor to the home, they stretch across nearly two acres with terraces that lend themselves to a sense of grandeur across the grounds. As a founding member of the Lake Washington Garden Club & Arboretum Foundation, Mrs. Palmer often hosted grand affairs in her gardens. A 1939 edition of The Seattle Times even called one primrose-bedecked party “the most super-extraordinary garden event ever staged in the city of Seattle.”
When the owners decided to undertake the task of restoring the gardens, they worked carefully with a landscape architect to research its rich history and preserve its historical integrity. Formal boxwoods and a large Japanese maple afford a place of respite while a formal patio looks out over arbors adorned by cascading deep pink American Pillar roses. A moment of reflection may be found at the edge of the lily pond, which sits beneath sturdy pergolas wrapped in wisteria that reflects the timbered architecture of the home. Handsome bluestone and lead finials flank a collection of steps that unfold down the hillside and contribute to a processional feel.
Move through boxwood parterres with camellias, hostas, autumn fern, vine maple and textural foliage and arrive in the lower rose garden, where fountains have a conversation with terraces of lavender, Persian ironwood and fan palms reminiscent of its 1930s character. The hedged beds have been planted with modern versions of traditional plants, such as limelight hydrangeas and carpet roses. Wind down through the lawn and to the waterfront, where a lake house and covered hot tub and spa with a sound system complements lapping waves that give way to an unforgettable experience of peace within a one-of-a-kind and truly spectacular estate.