Patti Payne’s Cool Pads: Tech veteran puts landmark Queen Anne mansion on the market

Patti Payne’s Cool Pads: Tech veteran puts landmark Queen Anne mansion on the market

Bill Bryant and his wife Laury Bryant have lived in a Seattle landmark home on the south slope of Queen Anne for 25 years. The mansion at 170 Prospect dates back to 1905 when lumber baron John Stuart Brace built it for his family.

It’s on the market now for $5.2 million. Windermere broker Anita Italiane Hearl has the listing.

Venture capitalist Bill Bryant (no relation to the former gubernatorial candidate of the same name) is a partner in Threshold Ventures and a longtime Seattle tech executive, instrumental in more than 25 leading software, internet, mobile and digital media companies.

The Bryant mansion, one of the larger homes on Queen Anne at more than 7,000 square feet, is one of a kind.

“It’s a distinctive historic, vintage, turn-of-the-century classic home — one of the first mansions built in the Seattle market,” Bill says.

The palatial estate is on a double corner lot with an adjacent dead-end street so, while well known, it is also private.

“It’s right on the loop where Prospect intersects with Bigelow, and a reference point for the hill,” Bill says.

“The home was constructed from old-growth timber sourced from Brace’s South Lake Union lumber mill,” Hearl says. “The unparalleled craftsmanship and prominent location led to a 1980 designation as a Seattle Historic Landmark and was once the French Consulate.”

Bryant says while the pristine exterior is protected as a landmark, they have updated the interior while keeping the original unique charm and footprint of the manse.

“The interior is gorgeous with the original woodwork and lighting, but we have extensively remodeled the kitchen, the master suite, the third-floor entertainment and family room. And there’s a full apartment in the basement,” he says.

The landscaping is manicured and lush, and an original old oak tree anchors the property.

The Bryants, who have a second home on Bainbridge and one on Kona, have raised four children and feel it’s time to sell this home.

”We have so many memories here. We’re only the fourth or fifth owners and each one before us took really good care of the property. It’s a beautiful, spacious home for a family,” Bill says. They have had endless gatherings and celebrations over the years, including fundraisers, school auctions, holidays, christenings, showers, birthdays, wakes — “everything but a wedding,” he says.

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