For the last 28 years, Mike and Kristy Gibson have lived in an East Coast-inspired craftsman nestled on almost 1 acre in the Lakemont area of Bellevue.
The Gibsons, who were drawn to the property because of its privacy, recently listed their 6,390-square-foot dream home for $3.89 million.
The property is situated on a private lane with easy access to the heart of Bellevue and Seattle. They found the site 30 years ago and decided to make it their home.
“It took one year to design and one year to build,” Mike says.
Both of the Gibsons are CPAs. Mike is a retired partner with EY in the audit practice. Kristy, who also worked for EY, now has her own business, Gibson and Associates, a financial and accounting recruitment company.
The Gibsons envisioned a huge main house for entertaining and a separate, self-sustaining mother-in-law home, with its own entrance, laundry, big kitchen, family room and master bedroom.
“It was perfect for my mother,” says Kristy, “and she lived there with us for 26 years.”
The estate was designed by Brian Brand of Baylis Architects, and custom-built by Design Guild Homes. Much of the home was designed with their three kids in mind, who have grown up and moved on.
The home itself grew over time. It includes a floor plan conducive to large or intimate gatherings, two kitchens and a dedicated space for teens to hang out.
“We like the entertaining spaces with lots of privacy and views and vistas and space to have a lot of people,” Kristy says.
The three-car garage has a big patio on top of it and there is an enormous west-facing back patio with a covered fireplace and sitting area looking toward the Olympic Mountains.
The basement features a game space with a large projector/media room, and, the main floor has a large dining room, a formal living room and a family room. There’s also a child-sized playhouse, as well as a greenhouse on the grounds.
“Every year we have a party for at least 50 or 60 people, and we’ve done two rehearsal dinners there for our kids’ weddings,” Kristy says.
The Gibsons are selling now because they want to live on Lake Washington, and have found what they are looking for on Mercer Island.
“In a perfect world we would have loved to pick our house up and drop it on a waterfront lot,” Mike says.
Windermere brokers Karl Lindor and John Kritsonis have the listing.