about the property
8415 SW Soper Road, Vashon | Offered at $18,000,000
Sited on over 24 acres of lushly wooded land with over 1000 feet of low bank Puget Sound waterfront, the Lighthouse on Vashon is one of the great estates in the region. It is the ideal enclave for those who find as much artistry in nature as they do indoors, offering over 10,000 square feet of masterfully designed and constructed space in a palette of native materials that imbues the property with an unmatched sense of airiness and naturalism that is the very epitome of luxurious Island living.
Exquisitely crafted exposed structure built from honest local materials contrasts seamlessly with graceful lines and dramatic cathedral-like spaces to create a light-washed enclave that uses Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier vistas as living art. This is an estate that celebrates its stunning natural surroundings with joy and wit. It is the kind of residence that rewards its owner with a new detail around every corner and a new delight with the start of every day.
This is a masterpiece of timeless design and craftsmanship. Grand spaces maintain a level of intimacy through the use of exposed beams, wooden ceilings and natural stone, while walls of windows invite endless views of the surrounding natural beauty and wildlife. An aesthetic of casual luxury pervades this house, relying upon the material integrity of naturally finished Cedar, Fir, Hemlock, Koa, Cherry and Brazilian Cherry to convey a sense of permanence and quiet tranquility. Beautifully complex joinery and architectural details that include dramatically vaulted ceilings, walls of stone, grand fireplaces and exotic landscaping with five waterfalls make this estate a continuously evolving work of sculpture.
The Lighthouse on Vashon is centered on a dramatic two-story, sky-lit and timber framed corridor that leads to finely crafted public spaces on the main floor and opulently appointed private living areas on the second level. The internal structure of the house helps define distinct areas while maintaining an open and easy flow that is perfect for entertaining or more relaxed day-to-day living.
A sheltering entry leads to either the graceful main stair that curves its way up to second floor, or into the grand corridor with pathways to a range of primary living areas. These include a state-of-the-art home theater, formal dining room, 3000 bottle wine cellar, full bar and lounge built into the island side of the house, and an open gourmet kitchen, more intimate dining rooms, a huge den and central living room, all designed to perfectly frame Mt. Rainier and Puget Sound, on the water side. An elevator and second stair, cleverly concealed behind a bookcase, also lead upstairs for easy access.
The master suite comprises its own wing of the house, prominently situated to look directly over Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier and boasts a large sitting area, fireplace and private balcony and patio. It also includes a master bath that positively redefines the concept luxury with a view soaking tub, fireplace and opulent built-ins, all ensconced in lavish Travertine surfaces.
Finally, a gallery porte cochere leads to the homes namesake lighthouse structure, a magical architectural folly that includes a trophy room, fabulous library and top floor outlook, all connected by a splendidly crafted spiral staircase.
The Lighthouse on Vashon is further set apart by its amazing property – over 24 acres of exquisitely landscaped lands that elegantly blend pure nature with more formal and exotic gardens, all interlinked by a series of water features. With over 1000 feet of low bank Puget Sound waterfront, this is the perfect retreat for everyone from the wildlife lover to the inveterate boater, with amazing daily sightings of eagles, otters, deer and orcas and a boathouse with its own railroad system for easy launching. Beall Creek, the spring-fed domestic water source for the town of Vashon, runs through the property, providing irrigation for the landscaping and water rights of 60,000 gallons per day, ensuring an essentially self-sufficient existence. With a 6 car garage and workshop and more than a mile separating the house from its nearest visible neighbor, this is the perfect place to get lost in a project or simply wander the grounds and observe all that nature has to offer.
Few properties offer the privacy and situation that the Lighthouse affords. Fewer, still, honor their surroundings with the reverence and wit that this estate provides. While grand in scale and volume, the fine craftsmanship on display along with a palette of native materials that are allowed to show their natural beauty bestow this residence with an inherent modesty and approachability that will never go out of style. This is truly a home that is designed to weather the test of time with grace and joy as its history and patina builds.