Imagine living in a former military structure—not exactly warm and cozy, right?
But what if the conversion from military office to designer-grade residence was already complete? We’re talking about cool, revamped interiors and an aesthetic where nautical meets glam, in the form of shiplap walls and crystal chandeliers. All you’d need to do is sail right in with your checkbook.
Last month, this 12,018-square-foot property—with four bedrooms and 5.5 baths—went on the market in Bainbridge Island, WA, for $9.75 million. It’s listed with Scott Wasner of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty and is the most expensive home on the island in Puget Sound.
Once a naval office (used for the communications system of the U.S. Navy’s North Pacific Fleet during World War II), it’s now a modernized country home with marble countertops in the kitchen, a killer backyard for long summer nights, and a freestanding soaking tub in one of the bathrooms, which offers splendid views of nature.
Although the building was constructed in 1940, these improvements have transported the residence into the 21st century. Fourteen-foot ceilings create a stately feel, and they are buoyed up by other luxe amenities, like a five-car garage and a 1,000-square-foot master suite. Plus, an indoor pool makes perfect sense, given the region’s cold, wet winters.
With columns in the living room—and a bar off to one side—the home is also an ideal entertainment destination for fundraisers or celebrations.
There’s room to expand on the 10-acre property as well—perhaps with a tennis court, outdoor pool, or guesthouse. Bainbridge Island is a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle.
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The property last sold in 2003 for $1.6 million. This new price reflects the improvements, including removing pink tile in the bathrooms in favor of statuary marble. In 1992, the buyer at the time scored the property for a true bargain: only $150,000. Since then, a relentless mission has been mounted to improve the former naval structure and turn it into a true showpiece. Mission accomplished!
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