Mercer Island Mansion Sells for $21.6 Million

Likely to be the most expensive home sale in Washington state for 2012, the sale could mean a $100,000 windfall for cash-strapped City Hall.

What is likely to be the most expensive home sale in Washington state for 2012 happened on Mercer Island last week.

Harmony at Proctor Lane,” located at 3221 Proctor Lane near Proctor Landing, sold for $21.65 million on Sept. 20, according to property records.

The Seattle Times reported three-acre waterfront compound on Mercer Island was owned by theater patron, art collector and philanthropist Marsha Glazer.

The newspaper also reported that the buyer is a trust whose trustee is Cammi Libby, a chief financial officer of Bellevue real-estate firm Legacy Commercial, according to the company’s website.

The property features an 11,000-square-foot mansion, three other houses and more than 300 feet of waterfront, according to tax records.

It's an estimated $108,250 in Real Estate Tax (REET) revenue for City Hall, which collects .5 percent on all real estate sales transactions. REET revenue is important to the city because it is used exclusively for capital improvement projects and road repair and maintanence.

Mercer Island is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive housing markets in the country and is home to the most expensive homes sold in the state in two of the last three years, according to MLS sales records.

Windermere Real Estate originally listed the property for $26.9 million.

The most expensive home for sale on Mercer Island is now a 7-bed, 8-bath 13,560 square-foot lakefront mansion at 4137 Boulevard Place that was on the auction block last summer but failed to attract a winning bid. According to Realtors Ewing & Clark, the home is currently listed at an asking price of $16,288,000.

One of Glazer's other homes, Proctor Estate (located next to "Harmony at Proctor") at 5999 SE 32nd Street was reportedly auctioned for $15.675 million in 2009 after it was once listed at $39.5 million two years prior. In 2010, the Lytle Mansion sold at auction for $12 million.

The highest-priced single family home sale in 2011 was located in Hunts Point at $14,750,000.

Kris Robbs September 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Well, Kendall, you have done it again. Jumped the gun with incorect information. First the property currently listed for $16,288,000 was not "on the auction block" last Summer. That would indicate a bank auction which it was not and has never been. That term is used for a forced sale which it has never been. The owner mearly tried an alternate route commonly used in other parts of the country to sell Luxury Real Estate. A Luxury Auction is NOT considered "on the block". Secondly, the other property you refer to as owned by Glazer's was NOT ever owned by Glazer's and although you have the price correct the other information is incorrect. It was not auctioned but rather listed for sale by Ewing & Clark when it sold. I object to your inflamatory style when it comes to the decription of the unique estate at Boulevard Place. It is privately owned and every time you write about it you seem to want to create drama. Get your facts straight. This is not the first time you have jumped the gun this year.
Kendall Watson September 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Hi Kris, As the article mentions, the Proctor Estate (5999 60th Ave. SE) was listed as sold by Marsha Glazer in 2003. Here's the sales history of the property: http://info.kingcounty.gov/Assessor/eRealProperty/Detail.aspx?ParcelNbr=3708900005. If somehow the seller is not the owner then I'd be happy to correct this in the story. Second, the term "auction block", according to the National Association of Realtors (http://www.realtor.org/auction/glossary) is "The podium or raised platform where the auctioneer stands while conducting the auction. "Placing (an item) on the auction block" means to sell something at auction." No mention of a "bank auction". Third, thank you for pointing out that the Proctor Estate home was not sold at auction. The word "auction" was changed to "sold". I'm sorry for the confusion and hope that clears things up. Kind Regards, Kendall Editor, Mercer Island Patch
Ken Urman, Real Estate Broker September 24, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Kendall, Although the strict definition for "auction block" makes sense, due to miss information the general public often perceives "auction block" to be a distressed sale. I suggest going forward it would be good to be more definitive about the type of auction. The marketing process can be strongly affected when a property is incorrectly or unfairly labeled. Onward!
Kendall Watson September 24, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Thanks Ken, To be completely fair and transparent, the home (4137 Boulevard Place) was offered in a "reserve auction" (a term that was used by the auctioneer) where a winning bidder would have paid a 10 percent "Buyer Premium" (according to Kris Robbs) over and above the agreed bid. Here is the link to our story on the auction itself: http://mercerisland.patch.com/articles/waterfront-mansion-fails-to-draw-bids-at-auction#photo-7569915
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 25, 2012 at 02:38 AM
. To think we once owned a lot on Boulevard Place. If we'd built, we sure wouldn't fit in. That's for sure. J-
Kris Robbs September 25, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Kendall, Marsha Glazer never owned the property you refer to. I would suggest that ther insertion of her name in the title was a lot line revision but in no way was she the seller of that property for your quoted price of over $15M. Your facts are just wrong.
Kendall Watson September 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Bargain and Sale Deed (King County Recorders Office): Grantor: Marsha S. Glazer, a married woman as to her separate estate Grantee: Proctor Landing LLC as to an undivided 30% interest and Proctor Landing Trust as to an undivided 70 % interest Title filed by Chicago Title Insurance Company, Notarized Nov. 12, 2003
anonymous21 October 02, 2012 at 02:53 AM
For those curious, the purchaser of this home was one of the owners of Value Village - Tom Ellison.


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