Mercer Island’s Summerwell Homes a Winner of 2017 Tribute Awards

Dec 01, 2017

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Coldwell Banker Bain




Coldwell Banker Bain (CB Bain) of Mercer Island, a leading provider of luxury real estate brokerage services, has announced that its client Summerwell Homes, a Mercer Island development of 16 custom designed homes on the former Coval estate, has received two prestigious awards from The New Home Council.

The Tribute Awards recognize outstanding efforts, performance and team spirit in fields of new home sales, marketing and construction. Specifically, the awards recognized Summerwell Homes in the following categories:

Community of the Year, Neighborhood
Summerwell — M.I. 84th Limited Partnership

Website (Builder or Community)
Summerwell — Fusion

Said Michele Schuler, Coldwell Banker Bain of Mercer Island broker and listing agent for the properties, “We couldn’t be more thrilled by the recognition our clients are receiving related to the Summerwell Home development. It is a testament to the dedication and care that has been given to historically preserving the original majesty of the Coval estate.”

Summerwell’s 16 homes, designed by renowned McCullough Architects, reflect a contemporary design aesthetic with clean lines, open spaces, dramatic interior lighting from sensitive window placement, and a decidedly upscale palette of materials, fixtures, fit, and finishes. They are eco-friendly, featuring wiring for a 240-volt rapid car charger for electric cars; an interface that allows the home owner to readily connect a generator, power wall, or solar panels into the homes circuit system; a SMART center that contains CAT 6 wiring for all audio, security, Wi-Fi, fire alarms, and any other desired electronic or communications systems. 

The development plat was designed to preserve various landmark trees. In addition to tree conservation areas on the west slope and the north end of the main rain garden, the neighborhood features 18 original specimen trees have been replanted on the property, many around the Koi Pond. The Koi Pond is the centerpiece of the Coval gardens. The lower pond is 8 feet deep, and sits directly over the original site of the 1913 Alexander house, which had as its foundation a deep and massive concrete wine cellar. The Koi Pond has been completely refurbished and enhanced with a viewing deck, with hundreds of tons of basalt and granite that were on the site utilized to enhance the landscaping, including the bases for the address numbers; and many of the iconic rhododendrons.

The landscape design at Summerwell facilitates opportunities for neighbors to connect without compromising the privacy of each home. All homes are either sited on a tree conservation area, koi pond, or the rain garden other than the two homes on 84th Avenue that are directly across the street from Luther Burbank Park.

Overall, approximately 70% of the original estate was salvaged and repurposed, with the Japanese-designed Shinzuka Bubinga wood truss system donated to become part of the new Mercer Island Center for the Arts.

To date seven homes have sold, and there is currently one home available for immediate occupancy (Homesite 15). The remaining eight homes are available for presale with delivery dates expected from June 2018 - February 2019. More information can be found at

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