Patti Payne's Cool Pads: Luxury real estate broker puts her Seward Park home up for sale

Patti Payne’s Cool Pads has been largely focused on homes sold by buyers who span an array of professions, most using preeminent luxury real estate brokers to list their mansions. It’s rare that I turn my gaze to one of those top brokers.

But recently Moira Holley, co-founder of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR), decided to sell her 1914 craftsman, one of the original Seward Park homes.

The garden estate above the park, as Holley describes it, is listed for $3.15 million. She was attracted to the home more than 20 years ago while she was showing it to a client.

“After the third showing and listening to me extol all its attributes, one of my clients said ‘Moira, I think you should buy it. It’s an estate size piece of property and they rarely come up. And you love the idea of the swimming pool and the front row to the view of Lake Washington and so incredibly private.’ You could say my client actually sold me on it,” Holley says.

The 3,420-square-foot manse is perched on a hill, high above the lake with a very long driveway that opens to a motor court that can hold up to eight cars. It is private, which was a major draw for her.

She also loves the view over Lake Washington, the curated gardens and large trees, including five tulip trees, two katsuras and two giant cedars, all of which she had craned in from Big Trees Inc. in Snohomish shortly after she bought the home.

The home includes a European-style pool with a spa and waterfall, larger than most residential pools.

“It’s so incredibly relaxing and peaceful sitting out here,” she says.

The home’s floor plan is circular with French doors leading to a three-tiered deck that can be tented in the winter.

“I love to entertain, and it’s an absolutely incredible home for entertaining. Holiday parties were legendary at this house and a lot of fundraising for good causes happened here,” Holley says.

One party years ago included a steel drum band playing, when suddenly a flock of small green parrots flew in as if on cue, she said. The colorful birds used to come back each summer but she hasn’t seen them in years.

“The house has a lot of original charm, and it is in move-in condition,” says Holley, who has moved to a luxe condo in downtown Seattle.

RSIR Brokers Jay Alan and Holley have the listing.

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