NEW LISTING

Bainbridge Island Waterfront Estate

Shingled exterior walls with timber detailing, a steeply pitched metal roof,
and a center gable entry with stately columns distinguish the estate.

This exceptional property represents a rare opportunity. It is one of 18 homes in Seattle’s oldest private country club. Located at Restoration Point on the southeast edge of Bainbridge Island, the community encompasses 225 acres and offers resort-like amenities. This 6,250-square-foot house was built in 1914 by the Brownell family. It was designed by architect Carl Gould, who is revered for designing some of the Puget Sound region’s most distinguished homes and 18 buildings on the campus of the University of Washington, where he founded the School of Architecture. Well-loved by generations of Brownell’s descendants, the house is available for purchase for the first time.

7 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms • 5 Fireplaces (3 inside/2 outside)
2-car garage • 6,250 square feet

$2,300,000

12227 NE Country Club Rd, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
VIEW LISTING | MLS #1359409

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This masterful Carl Gould designed house affords abundant space that new owners can reconfigure to suit their needs and desires. They can also refresh interiors to their liking and update kitchen and baths for a new era.

A circular gravel drive leads to the impressive two-story structure situated on a bluff above the sound.

High beamed ceilings and woodwork of clear grain fir. The entry opens to an expansive living room with built-in shelving, a big bay window and a fireplace with a monumental Batchelder tile surround.

The main floor suite has water views and a bath. French doors open to the balcony, with one of the outdoor fireplaces positioned nearby.

South walls are lined with floor-to-ceiling view windows and three sets of French doors to a full-width balcony.

The second level offers abundant sleeping quarters. Three sets of stairs access seven bedrooms, two of them en suite. The main staircase off the entry leads to two bedroom suites with sweeping water vistas and two additional bedrooms with verdant territorial views.

The second bedroom suite also has a sleeping porch, plus a fireplace trimmed in period tile and three-quarter bath.

The entry, living and dining room all enjoy easy access to the terrace, which is endowed with two outdoor brick fireplaces

Tall French doors in the entry open to a formal dining room with a tile-trimmed fireplace, built-in corner bar and original sconces. This room has dark-stained fir flooring and wrap-around views.

The house affords abundant space that new owners can reconfigure to suit their needs and desires. They can also refresh interiors to their liking and update kitchen and baths for a new era.

In these waters there are occasional sightings of whales, porpoises and Navy seafaring craft.

It is one of 18 homes in Seattle’s oldest private country club. Located at Restoration Point on the southeast edge of Bainbridge Island, the community encompasses 225 acres and offers resort-like amenities.

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AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
The Brownell Family

Frank H Brownell Sr. and his wife, Josephine Noble, began to visit the Country Club at restoration point on Bainbridge Island around 1910, joining friends for golf and beach parties.

By 1914, the Brownell’s were interested in building a summer house in the community and commission Carl Gould, the local-notable architect known for his generous-sized rooms and covered porches, for a new house which was finished in 1915.

Frank had, by that time, caught the eye of the Guggenheim mining conglomerate for his legal skills in developing silver mines in the north Cascade mountains and moving up the corporate ladder meant a relocation to New York City. But, Josephine and their two sons saw to it that the family still came west to enjoy summers at the Club in their beautiful house overlooking Puget Sound.

By the early 1920s, Frank Jr., the eldest son, took over the house and with his own wife Phyllis and their three children, spent many happy summers of boating, golfing, swimming and horseback riding, and had a membership at the club for nearly 60 years. Frank Jr. and Phyllis’ children and grandchildren enjoyed the house and club activities until the oldest of the three, Frank 3rd, bought out his two sisters to own the house outright in 2002.

The House

An electric gate at the entrance to the club opens to a road that meanders through pristine woodlands, passing tennis courts and a horse barn before arriving at the Brownell home. Tall evergreens screen the entry to the property. A circular gravel drive leads to the impressive two-story structure situated on a bluff above the sound. Architect Gould sited the house to take full advantage of south-facing views of Rich Passage on Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. He also gave the home a commanding presence, fine period detailing and great bones. The house affords abundant space that new owners can reconfigure to suit their needs and desires. They can also refresh interiors to their liking and update kitchen and baths for a new era.

The house has shingled exterior walls with timber detailing and a steeply pitched metal roof. A prominent center gable crowns the main entry with four stately round columns. A Dutch door flanked by sidelights opens to a generous entrance area that introduces main floor interiors and breathtaking water vistas. South walls are lined with floor-to-ceiling view windows and three sets of French doors to a full-width balcony. Other features include high beamed ceilings and woodwork of clear grain fir. The entry opens to an expansive living room with built-in shelving, a big bay window and a fireplace with a monumental Batchelder tile surround.

Tall French doors in the entry open to a formal dining room with a tile-trimmed fireplace, built-in corner bar and original sconces. This room has dark-stained fir flooring and wrap-around views. The entry, living and dining room all enjoy easy access to the terrace, which is endowed with two outdoor brick fireplaces. The waters of Rich Passage provide constant activity, including an endless parade of boats – from pleasure craft to ferries to Bremerton-based naval vessels. In these waters there are occasional sightings of whales, porpoises and Navy seafaring craft.

A swinging door in the dining room leads to a butler’s pantry with shelf-lined walls, lots of storage and a gorgeous copper sink. The adjacent kitchen, while functional, awaits new appliances and up-to-date amenities. The space affords lots of light plus view windows on south and east walls. Just off the kitchen, there is a utility area with a half bath, access to an attached two-car garage and stairs leading to the second level’s east wing.

The second level offers abundant sleeping quarters. Three sets of stairs access seven bedrooms, two of them en suite. The main staircase off the entry leads to two bedroom suites with sweeping water vistas and two additional bedrooms with verdant territorial views. An inviting master suite is endowed with a bedroom, separate sitting room with French doors to a private balcony and a sleeping porch. It also has its own large three-quarter bath. The second bedroom suite also has a sleeping porch, plus a fireplace trimmed in period tile and three-quarter bath. Across a hall lined with cabinetry for linen storage, there are the two bedrooms that look out on the entry. They are served by a Jack and Jill bath.

On the east side of the house, there are two small bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and a cozy sitting room. A second set of stairs leads directly to a utility area with a bath just off the kitchen. Probably originally designed for housekeepers, the east wing has its own special charm and could be used in a number of ways. The west wing of the house has an additional bedroom and stairs leading to a lovely bedroom guest suite on the main level. The main floor suite has water views and a bath. French doors open to the balcony, with one of the outdoor fireplaces positioned nearby. An ante room provides a powder room and direct outdoor access. It also has stairs leading to the lower level, providing the potential for multi-level independent living quarters.

The partially finished lower level has a large area at the foot of the stairs that most likely served as the original laundry room. Beyond it are a mechanical room and more unfinished space that now houses the heat pump. Finished space includes a full bath and a room with views that would be ideal for an office. This level, which has outdoor access, affords plenty of storage space and great potential.

The Country Club

‘The Country Club of Seattle’ has a rich history and shared amenities that include a mile of private beach, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a 9-hole golf course and a dock with private moorings. There are miles of walking trails, as well as a barn, pasture and bridle trails for horses. A rustic clubhouse provides an inviting place for residents to gather. Picnics, dances and other events take place there, including organized activities on the Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend. The well loved structure has also been the site of many a wedding over the years.

It is fair to say the land occupied by the Country Club is one of the most historic locales in the region because the southeast jut of Bainbridge Island known as Restoration Point lies within its boundaries. Restoration Point was named in 1792 by Capt. George Vancouver, the Englishman who was among the first Europeans to explore the waters now called Puget Sound.

A hundred years later, a group of young Seattle bachelors was sailing in those waters with the mission of finding a destination suitable for a weekend retreat. They purchased a small portion of the acreage that is occupied by the Country Club, including the point and the bluff above it. There, they built a dormitory/dining hall that is now serves as the clubhouse. Over the next few years, they acquired more land and extended invitations to other friends to join them. By the early 1900’s, most of the homes that exist now had been built, and the Country Club had established itself as the appealing retreat community it is today.

Country Club Membership and Maintenance

The Country Club of Seattle is a Washington non-profit corporation. There is no fee for ownership in the Country Club, but membership in the corporation is required. This membership includes an equal interest in all of the club’s property and the right to lease one of the eighteen available home sites. A full-time caretaker, who lives on the premises, is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Country Club grounds.

Location

The Country Club is only ten minutes from the charming town of Winslow, which has shops, restaurants and an art museum. From Winslow’s dock, ferries make the frequent half-hour voyage across Puget Sound, linking Bainbridge Island with downtown Seattle for foot passengers and cars alike.

This idyllic property offers the discerning buyer a historically significant home, resort-like amenities and a unique lifestyle, all in a setting of unparalleled natural beauty.