Goalie Hope Solo Scores Gold Medal and New Mansion
LOCATION: Kirkland, WA
SIZE: 5,330 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Huzzah! Looks like Wheatie's box ready American soccer goalie Hope Solo has won a (second) Olympic gold medal and bought a new, lake-view mansion in the affluent Seattle suburb of Kirkland, WA.
The Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Property Aerial and property records both reveal 31-year old Miss Solo—who made several downright spectacular saves in yesterday's electrifying gold medal match against Japan—ponied up $1,200,000 for her new Kirkland crib in late April, 2012.
Listing information Your Mama found on the interweb shows the Dancing With the Stars semi-finalist's spacious new spread, privately situated on a wooded hillside above Lake Washington, spans a family-friendly 5,330 square feet on two floors with three to four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and two fireplaces.
The contemporary Prairie-style inspired exterior, defined by deep eaves and ochre-toned horizontal wood siding broken by ribbons of windows and walls of glass doors gives way to spacious and luxurious if architecturally pared down and ho-hum open-plan interior spaces. Gleaming, honey-colored hardwood floors in the roomy entrance hall switches to (stain-attracting) bone-colored wall-to-wall carpeting in the formal living and dining rooms as well as in the compact, corporate-flavored office/library outfitted with built-in desk and floor-to-ceiling bookcases.
Less-formal, family quarters include a large, wood-floored, U-shaped eat-in kitchen with slab granite counter tops, dark raised-panel cabinetry, high-quality built-in stainless steel appliances, lots of windows and dark wood beams across the ceiling. The adjoining breakfast area opens through wood-framed glass doors to the backyard and swimming pool and steps down to a carpeted family room finished with inset wood ceiling and two full walls of nearly floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that provide direct backyard access and sparkling, over-the-tree-top city and lake views.
Listing information indicates there are at least two more "bonus rooms" for lounging and recreation as well as a wine cellar and squeezy media room where Staging Lady in a Pink Toyota inexplicably thought it would be cute to stick some films reels up on the wall and call it day-core. Uh, no. Anyhoo, there's also a two-car attached garage with direct access to the residence, according to listing information, plus a sizable detached structure located across a side motor court with workshop and four more pristinely-finished, art-gallery-like garage spaces.
The back of the lower level spills out to a huge terrace with sunken, lap-length swimming pool and spa, cabana-lounge with sunset views over Lake Washington. Set below the house and swimming pool terrace there's a full-sized sport court. Of course, a sport court is a total waste of space in Your Mama's lexicon of desirable property characteristics but we can certainly understand why a celebrated and decorated jockette like Miss Hope might find one appealing and maybe even useful.
Property records reveal this isn't currently single but (maybe) mingling Miss Solo's first time at the real estate rodeo. In August 2005 the soccer ball blocker paid $259,000 for a modest (and pretty minuscule) 1,090 square foot Kirkland (WA) residence with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Our entirely unscientific research indicates she continues to own her bantam bachelorette pad and it does not currently appear to be on the market.
listing photos: Lake Real Estate (via Zillow)