Pictures don’t do Graystone Castle justice.
The 22,000-square-foot luxury home near Arlington sits on 5 acres of lawn overlooking the Stillaguamish River and the Stilly Valley.
The $4.1 million mansion features seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms plus a spa-inspired master bath, movie theater, library, ballroom, chefs’ kitchen, billiards room, poker room, four dining rooms and four living rooms. In the basement is a life-sized chess set and arcade games. In addition to the great lawn, there are many terraces and green spaces, as well as a fire pit.
Owner Dmitriy Zakharin has been buying and rehabbing million-dollar luxury properties for about 10 years in Washington — although he recently bought a house in Oregon. Think the Street of Dreams.
The Arlington castle is the real-estate investor’s only vacation rental.
And it’s a popular one. Nearly every weekend at Graystone Castle is booked out through June. There are just four spots left. It’s in the highest demand around Christmas.
“With a property of this size, the list of amenities and features of each room would be quite long, but all you need to know when you book this amazing property is that you won’t want to leave,” said Emily Peterson, estate manager for Graystone Castle. “It literally has everything.
“Our summers and holidays typically book out six months in advance, although the COVID-19 has recently heavily impacted our booking inquiries. It’s very rare that it’s not rented.”
Zakharin, of Bellevue, is the CEO of DZ Enterprise Inc. He’s built a career around “fix and flips.”
In 2015, he bought Graystone Castle for $900,000 after it had been on the market for four years. The massive stone residence, intended to be an Arlington man’s family home, had been under construction since 1992 — and yet it was far from move-in-ready. It took DZ Enterprise Inc. $600,000 and another 2½ years with a live-in crew to finish the construction.
After 25 years of on-and-off construction, the three-story mansion formerly known as Graystone Manor was completed in 2018.
With the OK from Zakharin, Peterson listed the vacation rental on Airbnb and VRBO. Those sites allow you to post up to 50 photos of your home for rent. But even 50 pictures doesn’t prepare you for what you’ll see when you rent the massive home.
“It just screams luxury and royalty,” Peterson said. “You can really wake up like a king or queen.”
The master wing — for the king and queen of the castle — is about 2,200 square feet and features a master bedroom with coffee bar, walk-in closet, fireplace and a spa-inspired master bath. There are his and her bathrooms, a rain shower, a steam room, jetted tub with a waterfall feature and a sauna. An executive office and library complete the wing.
Peterson said Graystone Castle is great for family vacations, reunions, small events and retreats — and not only because it sleeps 25. It gets nothing but five-star reviews on both VRBO and Airbnb.
“Graystone Castle averages a rate of $1,400 a night,” she said. “Split that amongst your friends and family, and that is less than $100 per person per night.”
Emma Engel from the Auburn area recently rented Graystone Castle for a mini vacation with friends. She and her husband like to go on vacation once a year with six other couples and all their children. She counted 14 adults and 16 kids. The Arlington trip was their fifth trip together.
The Engels loved the master bedroom the most — they were the king and queen that time around. The movie theater was another favorite — they all watched “Frozen” on the big screen. They also spent a lot of time in a turret room decorated with rainbow drapes.
“It’s massive; it’s beautiful,” she said. “Everybody had a great time, everybody had a favorite room. It was a great place to make memories.”
Sara Bruestle: 425-339-3046; firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter:@sarabruestle.
If you go
Graystone Castle, 5212 233rd Place NE, near Arlington, is a popular vacation rental found via Airbnb and VRBO. Minimum two to three night stays with rates averaging $1,400 per night. For more information, call 425-923-5226 or go to www.graystonecastle.com.