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Location: Seattle, Wash.
The Skinny: Commissioned in 1927 by Paul M. Henry, a descendant of a prominent Seattle developer, Hollyhedge is a sprawling Spanish Mediterranean estate that might have looked out of place in the Pacific Northwest, had it not been built nearly a century ago. The builder's father developed the gated Highlands neighborhood where this house sits and where families like the Boeings, Nordstroms, and Stimsons lived, so the Henrys were familiar with high-quality building. Architect Edwin Ivey designed the main house, while "A.A. MacDougall, a civil engineer who worked closely with the Olmsted Brothers," handled the landscaping. When the current owners acquired the property in 1998, it was in a "state of ruin," and required a three-year renovation. Today, the 12,580-square-foot mansion is listed for $6.5M, but money is not the only thing required to gain access to The Highlands. Buyers must also be sponsored by two current homeowners.
· Highlands Mediterranean Estate [Seattle Fine Properties]