Why this Capitol Hill home is the dreamiest spot for Seattle summer

Regardless of whether you're a native Seattleite or freshly transplanted, the transition from rainy season to warm, dry season means a big shift in how we enjoy our city. We take every opportunity to be outside, choosing outdoor patios, visiting local parks (especially ones with big views!), we gobble up local produce, and attend barbecues with reckless abandon.

What if you could enjoy all of these activities without ever leaving your home?

Behold, the Skinner Mansion. This stunning, 10,000-sq.-ft. house is positioned on the crest of Capitol Hill, providing phenomenal views from the highest point overlooking the city and Elliott Bay. 

Click through the gallery below to learn more about all this incredible home has to offer.

A toast to summer!
Select from your collection of 4,000 bottles in this custom wine cellar, and toast to the season of sunshine! Impromptu picnics with said wine— need we say more? 

Game room goals!
This spectacular media/billiards room with a built-in Dolby sound system has the feel of an English gentlemen’s club. Custom cabinetry conceals a 70ꞌ screen. Bar with a long granite-topped counter is equipped with an icemaker, refrigerator and keg on tap.

An exquisite kitchen.
The kitchen enjoys lovely western vistas, while top-notch appliances include a paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator and a stainless steel 6-burner gas range with griddle and two ovens, warming drawer and dishwasher – all by Viking.

Grow your own!
Love gardening? Enjoy preparing foods harvested from your own garden! The raised bed in the rear of this home is ready for your fruits and veggies of choice.

Breakfast on the view terrace?
A weekend ritual, waiting to happen! Enjoy the sumptuous views from this expansive terrace -- accessible through the master suite. Again, the view terrace is quite large and will become one of your favorite spots in this home. The beauty of a west-facing view comes with endless sunsets. 

Volunteer Park, just blocks away!
If all that wasn't good enough, Volunteer Park is located just a few blocks away. 

Capitol Hill—a foodie's dream!
The 15th Avenue shopping core is just a short walk from this home, with a bounty of wonderful shops and cafes.

Truly, this home has it all.
We told you! This home really is the dreamiest spot to spend Seattle summer—and every season! A spectacular setting in the heart of the city.

Want to learn more? Visit SkinnerMansion.com for more! Or visit our Contact Us page if you'd like to tour this home.

Five must-have outdoor spaces on the market right now

During those blustery winter months in Seattle, we make do by donning cozy sweaters, drinking warm mugs of tea or coffee, and dreaming of the sunny, dry days of summer when we just can’t get enough of the great outdoors. Seattle summers are more than great, they are exceptional.

In the spirit of summer outdoor living, we hand-selected some of our favorite outdoors spaces on the real estate market right now.

1. Sip an Arnold Palmer while gazing upon the golf green

There is a major zen factor to this backyard. With expansive golf course views, this 1929 Colonial is situated next to the Broadmoor Golf Club’s 14th hole. A multi-use sport court and secluded hot tub are located just off the huge patio — perfect for enjoying a variety of outdoor activities leading from daytime barbecues to a relaxing nighttime soak.

2. Dine alfresco at this enchanting view home in The Highlands

This 1937 view estate exudes charm from the inside out. Beautifully landscaped terrace off the house’s main level overlooks a turquoise lap pool and expansive sloping lawn, bordered by rose bushes that lead to a lower level lawn with a vine-draped arbor, raised beds and a fruit orchard. With such a lush, inspiring setting, you’ll want to make outside dinner parties a summertime ritual.

3. Legendary backdrop for gatherings of all kinds

The grounds of this historic Capitol Hill estate have so much to offer. From formal boxwood gardens at the entry, to a full vegetable garden out back — there are so many experiences to be had! Pictured above, levels of bluestone terraces invite outdoor living and entertaining, and the expansive side lawn is ideal for baseball, croquet and badminton. Gorgeous water feature, plus a tree-house tucked just beyond the lawn!

4. Bathe in the never-ending beauty of this Bainbridge retreat

If we go missing, you just might find us here. This gorgeous Bainbridge Island home has it all: ample lawn with meticulously manicured gardens, path to a private beach with 200 feet of waterfront and mooring buoy, and forested front grounds that teem with life. Endless Puget Sound views throughout the grounds and the house up the dazzle factor.

5. Sensational views showcase the best of Seattle

Front row seat for the Independence Day fireworks? Check! This fabulous Capitol Hill penthouse is perfectly situated to take in views of Lake Union, the Olympics, and the Seattle skyline. These views fill the living spaces, and the huge roof deck is ideal for relaxation, entertaining and sky-watching. Just imagine sipping champagne from the rooftop hot tub during the firework show grand finale.