NBA's Ray Allen Relists Seattle Digs at Discount
The pool of potential professional-athlete buyers for this Carnation, Wash., 5-bedroom, 8-bath home with a full-size basketball court has been drastically reduced since the SuperSonics made a 2007 decision to shutter its doors and move to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, the listing agent tells AOL Real Estate that the home will appeal to non-basketball players, too.
"With an estate that has this many unique features to offer we are finding that there are still buyers out there very interested in it," says Matrix Real Estate agent Trisha Quigley, who has the listing with Nate Pearson of Ewing & Clark.
In part, the economy is what has kept the home from being snatched up, she says: "Blakely Woods is an upscale neighborhood located on the Sammamish Plateau and has suffered the same economic down turn that the rest of the greater Seattle area has endured."
With the lowered price of $348 per square foot, the home is easily more affordable for anyone who built wealth in the tech sector, such as at Microsoft. But execs at Costco, Amazon, Nordstrom or even Starbucks might even take a gander, especially if they are into golf or tennis, because there's a full-size tennis court and a putting green on the nearly 4.5-acre gated-entry property.
"I fell in love with this home the moment I saw it because even though it is a huge estate offering every luxury one could desire, each level of the home is designed to bring family and friends together," said Matrix Real Estate agent Trisha Quigley, who has the listing with Nate Pearson of Ewing & Clark.
The kitchen has an attached great room with the floor-to-ceiling cobblestone fireplace. Off that, there's a wrap-around deck offering a private covered outdoor sitting area with custom draperies, Quigley told AOL Real Estate.
Allen, who purchased the 2001-built manse for $2.3 million in 2003, made several customizations to this corner-lot home with circular drive, including the addition of an elaborate master suite. The master features a double-sided
Even his custom interior design selections remain, including silk draperies, wallpaper, paint and carpeting. Other custom touches include a wood-paneled office with built-in desk and shelving, a mirrored yoga/pilates room with rubber-mat flooring, and an eight-seat screening room with surround sound and wet bar.
The property also has three family rooms, a mud room, two laundry rooms, garage parking for six cars, a swimming pool and a large children's play house out back, and a generator that helps keep the power on in stormy weather.
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