King 5 Taps RSIR Brokers about Mariners Home Search
It’s the start of spring training for Mariner Baseball players and it’s also the spring sales season for local real estate brokers. RSIR brokers were tapped by reporter Jake Whittenberg of King 5 News about what the boys of summer are looking for in a new address. Watch both features here: New Mariners making Seattle their new home; New Mariners make Seattle Home.
“Generally speaking, they seek privacy, security and proximity to the field – sometimes that means a purchase and other times that means a lease,” shares Dean Jones, Owner of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “What’s most important is that our brokers identify their unique situations and provide specific solutions.”
Jones adds that the Sotheby’s International Realty network is unique for athlete relocation services because oftentimes the players can be represented by the trusted brand on both sides of their relocation and brokers are hand selected to match the players. RSIR brokers have been involved in many transactions with professional athletes and rallied to the cause when it looked like the Seattle Supersonics were making a comeback to the region.
Whittenberg toured several properties that were earmarked as being ideal residences for Mariners, including a new construction waterfront home called Serenity on North Mercer Island and a luxury condominium in the prestigious Four Seasons Private Residences.
Broker Connie Blumenthal met Whittenberg at the former residence of Mariner’s Field Manager Eric Wedge, where she helped the family acquire and sell the residence.
“While the Wedges only stayed for a brief amount of time, from a real estate perspective I think we hit it out of the park,” muses Blumenthal. “These clients need to focus on their game and we’ll take care of them off the field.”
Blumenthal not only helped the Wedges buy their home for $1,825,000 and sell it 26 months later for $2,400,000 but did so with multiple offers after only five days on market. She also helped ensure the Wedges felt welcomed in the neighborhood by throwing them a welcome reception, which was well-attended by neighbors and others from Mercer Island. She says Mercer Island is popular with professional athletes because the community is serene, private and just minutes from the stadiums (including the Seahawks training facility in north Renton) but feels worlds away.
“With all the cameras, lights and noise of being a professional athlete, it makes perfect sense to retreat to Mercer Island,” says Blumenthal.
Given that Mariners have an affinity to the water, RSIR selected a new construction opportunity on North Mercer Island as being an ideal home for a baseball player. The shy three quarter acre compound will offer a gated and secure retreat along the tranquil, no-bank waterfront – perfect for lakeside recreation off the baseball field.
RSIR listing broker James Stroupe says the new 8,235-square foot home also includes a boat house with plenty of moorage for boats, jet skis and other water toys. Optionally, the two lot land portfolio could also include a full-sized sports court on the rear lot or that could be developed into a guest house, large garage for a car collection or developed as a separate single family home.
Garret Cord Werner, an award-winning interior designer, specializes in Northwest contemporary architecture and called the Mercer Island location a “resort-like” environment.
“We worked hard to incorporate the mature landscaping and integrate the home into the land,” said Werner during his interview with King 5 TV News.
Werner says the plans are fully developed and engineered but the interiors await a buyer’s input for personalization. Serenity on Mercer Island is being offered for $4,498,888 and pending permits could break ground by summer.