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Historic WA Home for Sale

Seldom do we get to cover beautiful, luxurious homes that also have historic significance to our state. The Apker Estate in Des Moines, currently on the market for $4,185,000, is therefore a breath of fresh air.

Let me take you through a brief history of this plot of land.

Gordon Apker says that the first known owner of the home was Captain George Roberts of the Alaska Steamship Company, whose property became a trading site for their passengers and Native Americans. Roberts went on a bit of a building spree on his initial 12 acres of land, where he built his first home, then a barn in 1899, a Chicken Coop in 1903 to house his exotic bird collection (!) and then finally a second home across the street in 1916.

Fast forward several years to Apker buying the property in the early 1970s (side note: you might know Apker as the former assistant at Shakey’s that went on to own and sell the entire franchise in 1989).

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Home of the Week: Luxe Waterfront Living in Normandy Park

If you’ve ever seen a Nancy Meyers film (Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, e.g.) then you know the director, producer and writer is known for creating enviable movie homes. “I put a lot of work into that. I see a house as a lead character,” she told Elle Decor in a 2012 interview.

So when we spied this 6,850-square-foot stunner in Normandy Park we swooned: It looks like it’s straight out of one of Ms. Meyers’ films. The European-inspired waterfront manse is listed for $2,495,000 and has truly spectacular views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, not to mention plenty of outdoor space from which to take in said views.

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