Snohomish County’s priciest homes

If a reality TV crew was to tour the most tricked-out houses of Snohomish County, they’d have to spend a lot of time in Woodway. The tiny town claims 18 of the county’s 25 most expensive homes, property records show. The rest are in Edmonds, Mukilteo, Everett, Stanwood and Arlington. How does a home make the list?

Waterfront views and privacy are the biggest factors in multimillion-dollar homes, said Carole Falleen, an Everett Windermere realtor who’s been in the business 18 years.

“Usually you get a lot of acreage or an absolute drop-dead view with over $800,000 or $900,000,” she said.

Few homes in the county have saltwater access due to the railroad tracks along Puget Sound, she said. Some of the most desired views are in Everett and Mukilteo, including Picnic Point, Marine View Drive, Shore Avenue, Harbour Pointe and St. Andrews Drive.

Million-dollar homes see low ownership turnover. They’re less likely to draw multiple offers — except in Edmonds, she said.

High-end houses tend to stay on the market longer, said Donna Gola, a 21-year real-estate veteran with Keller Williams Western Realty in Everett. They have better finishes, such as marble floors. Many of the homes are custom-built. They attract cash buyers.

“A lot of the families who bought them 30 to 50 years ago, they’re just turning them over now,” she said. “They keep them in the family. You don’t see them come up too often.”

Additional high-end areas in the county include Talbot Park, Harbor Lane, Mukilteo Lane and Chennault Beach, Gola said. Some expensive views also can be found in Warm Beach, Kayak Point and the bluffs near Tulalip.

Most expensive houses in Snohomish County

Block City Acreage 2014 assessed value
22400 Dogwood Lane Woodway 3.81 $5,671,500
23100 Woodway Park Road Woodway 3.70 $5,013,400
22400 Dogwood Lane Woodway 7.02 $4,323,700
23300 Woodway Park Drive Woodway 2.71 $3,841,800
23200 Woodway Park Road Woodway 4.35 $3,721,600
22700 Dogwood Lane S. Woodway 2.17 $3,518,000
11200 Wachusett Road Woodway 2.79 $3,493,700
23500 Woodway Park Road Woodway 4.64 $3,444,700
18700 Sound View Place Edmonds 0.54 $2,930,600
23400 Woodway Park Road Woodway 4.58 $2,874,700
23600 Woodway Park Road Woodway 5.13 $2,846,900
15100 73rd Avenue W. Edmonds 1.51 $2,823,700
22800 Woodway Park Road Woodway 2.12 $2,755,500
22000 Chinook Road Woodway 2.02 $2,629,500
16600 38th Avenue NW Stanwood 2.19 $2,594,600
23300 Wachusett Road Woodway 2.01 $2,523,400
13000 Admiralty Way SW Everett 2.95 $2,480,000
11100 Algonquin Road Woodway 1.85 $2,470,700
23000 Wachusett Road Woodway 2.11 $2,429,600
10600 Marine View Drive Mukilteo 1.26 $2,393,100
22600 Woodway Park Road Woodway 2.18 $2,368,600
1400 West Horizon Drive Mukilteo 0.80 $2,337,900
23300 Woodway Park Road Woodway 3.21 $2,336,200
21600 Chinook Road Woodway 0.69 $2,327,000
1800 284th Street NE Arlington 7.62 $2,312,300

Source: Snohomish County Assessor’s Office

Median home values

Median home values for selected locations in October 2013. In a given locality, half the homes are worth more than the figure given and half are worth less. Percent change is since October 2012.

Locality Median value Change
Metro Seattle-Tacoma-Everett $306,000 +13.8%
Bellevue $553,600 +17.8%
Seattle $429,900 +11.5%
Edmonds $376,100 +8.8%
Snohomish $372,400 +7.5%
King County $371,300 +14.4%
Snohomish County $286,700 +12.7%
Everett $229,700 +18.5%
Marysville $230,600 +17.8%
Pierce County $215,300 +11.1%
Tacoma $175,700 +13.5%
United States $162,800 +5.2%

Source: Zillow.com

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