Granted, it’s a slow invasion and I haven’t been here for most of it. But I have noticed how the Seattle area has changed in in the last few years: there are many more mega-mansions among the normal homes with character.
In fact, several of the new houses on Mercer Island seem to be aesthetic refugees from the excesses of Bellevue. Last week we were driving through a North Mercer Island neighborhood- nice homes, yards, taste. Suddenly: a massive house with columns. Can you pick it out?
It’s the one hulking over its neighbors, clocking in at 4,363 square feet, 4 fireplaces, 3-car garage, with no yard left. Here’s a closer look:
When we saw this guy, also new construction, with two big stone columns around the door. Why do Eastside mansions always have columns around the doors?
Anyway, to each his own and I’m sure some family will enjoy this house. And I know that there will still be development in this area to meet the growing population. But aesthetics, people, aesthetics! It’s a shame to see neighborly neighborhoods invaded like this.