By Emily Hamann
The Bellingham Business Journal
Woodwork is everywhere on this 6-bedroom house that sits on the shore of Lake Whatcom. Last year, it sold for $2.1 million. That makes it the most expensive house sold in Whatcom County in 2015, of the listings that were recorded by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The house is 6800 square feet, and has six bedrooms and six bathrooms total, which includes the separate two-bedroom guest house. It was custom built in 1998, and included some reclaimed and antique components, including pieces from an old Seattle schoolhouse.
“It was a very unique design,” Chet Kenoyer, one of the real estate agents who helped sell the house, said, “a little feel of an old-world elegance.”
In addition to a curved staircase, the main house features an elevator. The master bedroom and an office on the floor below it are in a turret that comes off the side of the house — both rooms are round. The house is on an expansive one-acre lot with an in-ground pool. It’s also right on the water, and has its own pier and boat house. A local family bought the house.
“I don’t think they were actively looking, but they saw this house and were intrigued by the setting and quality,” Kenoyer said.
The original listing price was $2.5 million, and a Canadian resident was almost ready to buy it at that price as a summer home. But because of the unfavorable exchange rate right now, he decided to buy a home on a lake in British Columbia instead. Kenoyer is seeing that kind of thing a lot these days — usually, many Canadians are looking to buy recreational houses on Lake Whatcom. Now, they’re selling those houses.
“It seems to be more sellers than buyers are Canadians,” he said.
Chet Kenoyer is a real estate agent at Windermere Real Estate. He worked along with colleague Mike Kent to sell the house.
They actually sold another house last year, which went for $3 million, but that sale was more private, and not recorded by the service.
Kenoyer has been a real estate agent ever since he got his license, 40 right after graduating from college.
“I started selling a week later, and that’s all I’ve ever done,” he said.
Now two of his three kids have followed in his footsteps. His daughters Jess and Gina both graduated from Western Washington University, and they all sell houses together.
Last year was a pretty good year for the higher-end housing market, Kenoyer said. Eight houses in Whatcom County sold for more than $1.5 million. The Kenoyers were involved with six of those transactions.
“It’s fun to watch them now,” he said. “We’re together and it’s a lot of fun.”