September 20, 2013
From $1.27 million
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BELLEVUE — Belvedere — Italian for "beautiful view" — celebrates the grand opening of its decorated model home today from noon to 5 p.m. Under construction in Bellevue's Lakemont neighborhood, Belvedere is hosting an Italian-inspired open house with catered food, entertainment and juggling lessons for all ages.
"We're delighted to introduce our professionally decorated model home to buyers," says Stephanie Shurtliff, the listing agent at Belvedere. "It's a timeless design — very open, light and bright.
"Belvedere is a unique offering. It's rare to find an entire neighborhood of 81 luxury four- to six-bedroom homes set atop a scenic ridge with westerly views of Puget Sound. You start your ascent into the neighborhood, turn around, and the exceptional view just takes your breath away. It happens to me every single day," she says.
Belvedere is located in the Issaquah School District and is bordered on three sides by the 3,100-acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Nearby are amenities such as The Golf Club at Newcastle, Sahalee Country Club, Matthews grocery store and a Starbucks.
Belvedere's model home was designed by Ryan Young Interiors. The design team used the community's views and natural setting as inspiration, says senior designer Mana Lanning.
"We used a color palette that was sophisticated and subtle, and incorporated the woodsy feel of the region, using elements like rustic stone and iron, bronze and hand-scraped hardwoods with a gray ash finish," he says. "Because the home's expansive windows frame this incredible view, I wanted to bring the outside in. As a result, the home has an inviting, curl-up-on-the-couch feel."
In the living room, exposed wood beams line the ceiling, and the fireplace is encased in a stacked stone surround that extends two stories high. "We used a beam as the fireplace mantel as well," Lanning says.
Another stone wall leads downstairs to a game room with a pool table, a private bedroom, and an adjacent flex room styled as an in-home art studio.
"The basement's floor-to-ceiling stone adds so much texture; it's beautiful," Shurtliff says. "And the space has an abundance of natural light. Our basement homes feature ceilings that are 10 feet high on average. And they are walk-out floor plans, so you can access the frontyard or backyard, depending on the design."
On the model home's top floor, the ancillary bedrooms were each styled with their own themes, including one that reflects the region's aeronautical ties.
"We used a vinyl tile that has a metal-plate look to line the floors and cover the walls up to the chair rail. You feel like you are in the cargo area of an airplane," Lanning says. "And we used airplane-inspired artwork and furnishings, including the actual fuselage of a plane and a bench that looks like an airplane wing. The room feels like a deconstructed aircraft."
In the master suite, he says the design team tried to create a more tranquil setting. "The master bath has great views over the tub, so we kept the finishes soothing to let the outlook speak for itself. We also used a bronze metallic paint in the bedroom for added glamour."
"Because we are selling the homes presale, we chose a myriad of custom options [in the model home] to demonstrate to homebuyers all that they can do in terms of personalizing their dream home," Shurtliff says. "It's almost like a store of ideas."
Belvedere is being built by CamWest, a Toll Brothers company. Toll Brothers was named 2012 Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine, becoming the first builder to win the honor twice.
Its purchase of CamWest Development, LLC — which has been building homes locally for more than 20 years — expanded the company's reach to the Pacific Northwest.
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