How do you draw a picture of success? Perhaps by sketching an image of Robert Angel, creator of the hit board game Pictionary.
And you won’t forget you’re on an island—huge windows showcase the lake and the downtown Seattle skyline lights up at night. You can sit by the shore on the covered patio area (one of two), complete with a TV and brick grilling station, or set sail for the city after unhitching your boat from a private dock.
Once you enter the double-doors of the 6,350-square-foot home, you see two identical staircases and banisters, creating a striking mirror image.
A towering, curved window makes up one entire wall in the dining room. The kitchen boasts a massive, marble-topped island with a six-burner stove; there’s also a huge fridge and stainless-steel appliances. The open floor plan also offers a breakfast bar and window nook for casual dining next to the hearthside family room.
Working in the home office will seem like a vacation, because you’ll have a front-row view of the scenic lake. Bored with work? Head outside to the full-size basketball court, which doubles as a tennis court. Or jump off the dock’s diving board for a swim in the lake.
Mercer Island is home to about 24,000 residents, most of whom are affluent. The average median income is $ 126,000 and the median home price is $ 864,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Its proximity to Seattle and Bellevue makes it a prime location for home buyers.
We weren’t able to track down sales figures for Pictionary, but it shipped 3 million sets when it was released in 1986, according to the Los Angeles Times. As for the game’s origin, when Angel was at parties, he’d pick a word from a dictionary and have the partygoers draw it. He created the board game a few years later and wound up drawing stacks of greenbacks after toy giant Hasbro acquired the rights to the game.