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Location: Anacortes, Wash.
The Skinny: K-Mart heir Chris Kresge, grandson of retail great S.S. Kresge, has decided to list his rural escape in the Pacific Northwest, a 34-acre gated compound on Washington's Fidalgo Island. The stark white main house, said to have been inspired by the work of starchitect Richard Meier, sits on the banks of a private 7-acre lake and is joined on the property by a guest cottage, a wood cabin, a shop building, and a caretaker's apartment. Located 71 miles north of Seattle, the property is equipped with sophisticated electronic systems, including an internal fiber-optic network and a security system that can be monitored from anywhere in the world via iPhone. In an additional dose of high-tech awesome, the property's many footbridges can be remotely raised to permit unobstructed kayaking. So how much is the multimillionaire asking for his unique getaway? A lot less than the litany of features might suggest. It's currently asking a little less than $1.6M.
· 13562 Islewood Drive [Jean Groesbeck]
· Islewood [official site]