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Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Snohomish County's priciest homes

  • This stretch of high bank on Puget Sound in Woodway bears some of the most expensive residential real estate in Snohomish County.

    Washington State Department of Ecology, 2006

    This stretch of high bank on Puget Sound in Woodway bears some of the most expensive residential real estate in Snohomish County.

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

BlockCityAcreage2014 assessed value
22400 Dogwood LaneWoodway3.81$5,671,500
23100 Woodway Park RoadWoodway3.70$5,013,400
22400 Dogwood LaneWoodway7.02$4,323,700
23300 Woodway Park DriveWoodway2.71$3,841,800
23200 Woodway Park RoadWoodway4.35$3,721,600
22700 Dogwood Lane S.Woodway2.17$3,518,000
11200 Wachusett RoadWoodway2.79$3,493,700
23500 Woodway Park RoadWoodway4.64$3,444,700
18700 Sound View PlaceEdmonds0.54$2,930,600
23400 Woodway Park RoadWoodway4.58$2,874,700
23600 Woodway Park RoadWoodway5.13$2,846,900
15100 73rd Avenue W.Edmonds1.51$2,823,700
22800 Woodway Park RoadWoodway2.12$2,755,500
22000 Chinook RoadWoodway2.02$2,629,500
16600 38th Avenue NWStanwood2.19$2,594,600
23300 Wachusett RoadWoodway2.01$2,523,400
13000 Admiralty Way SWEverett2.95$2,480,000
11100 Algonquin RoadWoodway1.85$2,470,700
23000 Wachusett RoadWoodway2.11$2,429,600
10600 Marine View DriveMukilteo1.26$2,393,100
22600 Woodway Park RoadWoodway2.18$2,368,600
1400 West Horizon DriveMukilteo0.80$2,337,900
23300 Woodway Park RoadWoodway3.21$2,336,200
21600 Chinook RoadWoodway0.69$2,327,000
1800 284th Street NEArlington7.62$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.

LocalityMedian valueChange
Metro Seattle-Tacoma-Everett$306,000+13.8%
King County$371,300+14.4%
Snohomish County$286,700+12.7%
Pierce County$215,300+11.1%
United States$162,800+5.2%

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