Livin’ In The USA (In Steve Miller’s House)
Need a new place to camp out? Planning on winning Lotto 649 tonight? That might give you a decent down payment on Steve Miller‘s (yes, that Steve Miller) 11,686 square foot shack on 38.72 acres of land in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the most populous of the namesake 172-island Pacific Northwest archipelago sitting northwest of Seattle. Miller has owned the land for decades, and in 2011, he built his house at 67 Roulac Lane He’s now movin’ on out, so the place is up for sale at $US16.8 million — $21,693,840 in Canuck-speak, as of production time.
This is about as far from a hovel as you can get: the house walls, ceilings and floors are made with clear fir. “Mr. Miller was very exacting in the selection of the wood materials,” says Dean Jones, president and CEO of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, which holds the listing. “There are no knots in this building. This isn’t a home with a bunch of drywall. It’s very organic, celebrating the natural wood and the beautiful surroundings.”
Jones says the expansive home has a Polynesian vibe: “Hawaiian Lanai meets Northwest contemporary.” It’s equipped with oversized barn doors that easily slide open to allow sea breezes in. The house is situated at the top of the hill which overlooks the harbor, snuggled in among rocks, with manicured lawns and a small rock amphitheatre. There are several firepits on the property, along with a two-sided fireplace with one inside the house and the other outside. A pair of Japanese-style hot tubs with LED lights and bubble jets sit on the patio outside one of the bedrooms.
The home was built both as a spot to entertain guests and as a getaway. “It’s a serene and extremely private property that [Miller] would retreat to after the tours and the big cities and all those lights and people,” says Jones.
The home’s open floor plan is custom made for entertaining, but is not necessarily tailored for overnight guests. There are only two bedrooms, although the recording studio and the home office could easily be converted. There are also five bathrooms and a 3,289 square foot finished basement, which has seen duty as a games room, home theater, art museum and guitar collection safe room. As one might expect, the entire home is prewired for high quality audio.
Getting in and out is fairly easy via your float plane or yacht; the property includes a 360 foot dock, which was home to Miller’s Abracadabra during the vessel’s downtime. The house is also just a few minutes from the Friday Harbor airport, which handles charter and commercial aircraft. “It’s not uncommon to entertain a family and have them charter a seaplane from downtown Seattle and get dropped off 45 minutes later at your dock,” says Jones. There are also plenty of opportunities to hop on board ferries, including the Washington State Ferry which operates between Sidney and San Juan Island.
If you’re constantly hounded for pictures and autographs and would like some respite, this might be a good place for you. Says Jones, “You could be Bill Gates and walk down the street in flip-flops and not be stalked and not feel uncomfortable.”
Let’s hope you have some money left over for a few truckloads of furniture.