West Seattle real estate: Alki Point’s $1,300,000 “teardown”

(Photos republished with permission of Rick Miner)
Thanks to Creighton for spotting this one in the real-estate listings. The house next to the Alki Point Lighthouse (on the northeast side) is for sale, asking $1,300,000. The 2-bedroom, 1-bath house at 3221 Point Place is 92 years old, according to the listing information, which pronounces it a teardown. We dug around to find out more of the backstory – read on to see what we found out:

Property records show the owner listed as John Doutrich, an entrepreneur, sports enthusiast and Special Forces veteran who died in May 2008 (according to this pay-to-view online obituary) at age 69.

There’s only so much you can find online – so we tracked down the listing agent, Rick Miner of Coldwell Banker Bain, sent him a note, and got a quick callback. He specializes in unique properties – among his past sales, baseball star Ichiro‘s Issaquah home.

The Alki Point house, he explained, now belongs to John Doutrich’s brother and sister, since Mr. Doutrich had no children or spouse to leave it to. And he says the house itself is unquestionably a teardown – it hadn’t been kept up. So the listing really is all about the site, and they’re not even showing the house itself. He says the current owners have consulted an architect and met with the city Department of Planning and Development so that they can speak to what might be possible on the site and make sure nothing’s in the way of a new owner building a “dream beach house.” The foundation is still good, he says, and the 6,700-square-foot site could likely hold a 2,600-square-foot home, maximum height 35′ with pitched roof, “like other homes in the area.”

Other numbers he is quick to rattle off – “the historic lighthouse is your neighbor, 100, 150 yards away … I’ve never seen a piece of property that has this kind of charismatic sitement.” 65 feet of waterfront. “Somebody will see the scene and be able to fulfill it.”

By the way, Miner has a story beyond his real-estate business: He describes himself as a “former Hollywood producer-director” — short subjects and documentaries — and (as this article noted two years ago) still a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gives out the Oscars. The Starlight Foundation has a big local Oscar party as a fundraiser every year in this area – the only one sanctioned by the Academy – and Miner says they’ve moved it to Snoqualmie Casino this year; more information on the March 7 event is here.

27 Replies to "West Seattle real estate: Alki Point's $1,300,000 "teardown""

  • The Tim February 24, 2010 (4:55 pm)

    Definitely a unique property. Not sure it’s quite unique enough to justify the $1.3 million price tag of the land alone. In 2006 or 2007 maybe, but probably not in 2010.

    Will be interesting to see what it eventually sells for.

  • Susan February 24, 2010 (5:14 pm)

    With such a unique setting, someone with big plans and big bucks will hire an architect to build a super modern house not in keeping with the lighthouse next door! Another small piece of WS history cleared away for progress and high property values.

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man February 24, 2010 (5:26 pm)

    I’m surprised it’s not going for twice that amount. Not a whole lot of waterfront left for redev, especially one in such an optimal location on a point. Now, where did I leave that pot of gold?


  • wow February 24, 2010 (6:17 pm)

    Wish I had the $$$$! I’d build a charming ‘east coast’ style home to tie in with the light house. this “miami vice’ stuff on Alki has got to go!

  • CB February 24, 2010 (6:23 pm)

    I’ll take it… can I post-date the check?

  • Steve Scott February 24, 2010 (6:58 pm)

    Not unique. My wife’s family just sold her father’s house in La Jolla for $1.27mil, and it is basically a “scraper” as well…

  • JayDee February 24, 2010 (7:00 pm)

    I will know the end of Alki is nigh when the “old Grandma’s” white clapboard house on the south side of Alki Point’s little hill is gone. It is just west of Bar-S and the large cell phone antenna/apartment house. Keeping my fingers crossed…

  • ed February 24, 2010 (7:03 pm)

    just a reminder. . . Well done ‘super modern’ can fit in exquisitely next to old historic landmarks. Please do not disparage modern architecture out of ignorance. There is a lot of cool modern stuff here in WS and I for one love it!

  • sewfriendly February 24, 2010 (7:35 pm)

    Wish they’d donate it for a public beach access park with a bench.

  • GenHillOne February 24, 2010 (8:17 pm)

    I’ve had my eye on this property…just waiting for them to drop the price about 10% ;)

    Public beach access would be nice, but it shares a private road with a handful of other homes, so probably not a real possibility.

    Oh, and sad that the owner passed away. You can see furniture in the house and I wonder if it’s stood empty all this time. Just sad.

  • TJ Fan February 24, 2010 (8:20 pm)

    They should put a Trader Joe’s there.

  • (required) February 24, 2010 (9:25 pm)

    How about a Pizza Hut?

  • LatteRose February 24, 2010 (9:48 pm)

    A Starbucks would increase property values.

  • Kelly K February 24, 2010 (9:57 pm)

    So sad that the whole home can’t be saved. I hope the future owner calls a salvage company to see if there’s anything that can be reused in another building (on this site or elsewhere).

  • Barb Wuerth February 24, 2010 (10:19 pm)

    Remember when this was not one million dollar property but just an assortment of modest homes. Spent a lot of time rounding the point at low tide. If you build there you better like fog horns a lot.

  • sun*e February 24, 2010 (10:46 pm)

    A Starbucks! *LOL* Now there’s a first even for them – there could be a float through… kind of like a drive through but different since people would be coming by boat. :)

  • Celeste February 24, 2010 (10:51 pm)

    I’ll take it. Can I do payments? Maybe 10.00 a week? LOL

  • grr February 25, 2010 (2:28 am)

    good spot for a Hooters. :)

  • Mike February 25, 2010 (5:29 am)

    I like the one persons idea of an East Coast home, however I hope you mean a Cape Cod style. There are no modern styles that fit with the light house, don’t kid yourself. Architecture has lost it’s touch, we’re now in a movement of architecture that I’d put with automobile design of the 80s. It’s awful.

  • Morgan Junction Mom February 25, 2010 (8:45 am)

    TJ Fan, thanks so much for the morning laugh! The dream lives on. Have a great day!

  • Sam February 25, 2010 (9:09 am)

    Hang on. Should I be worried that Ichiro sold his house?!

    I still hope someone creative can find a way to save some part of the original house within a new design.

  • Santa February 25, 2010 (10:53 am)

    Looks like a great place for some Christmas Lights set to music!!! Could even incorporate the Lighthouse!!

  • nmb February 25, 2010 (12:03 pm)

    How about a Alki Beach Club with outdoor saltwater pool and small boat storage? It could be an environmental friendly development and only allow non motorized boats like Kayaks and small sailboats.

    A huge group of people in the neighborhood could invest in it.

  • Val Vashon February 25, 2010 (2:37 pm)

    I remember seeing this house when we visited the lighthouse recently. The agent is correct- this is a teardown. As seen from the lighthouse grounds it is a weed choked, crumbling mess. And this is from someone who hates to see houses torn down. I even thought that the shack where the new station 37 is going in should have been saved and moved…

  • Wendy February 25, 2010 (9:33 pm)

    I like the idea of a community group purchase. There are many similar communities in seattle and on the eastside with the foresight to invest in waterfront or parks for community use and place for kids to learn to swim, kayak, etc.

  • Will February 26, 2010 (4:16 pm)

    I’m with the community group purchase. How does that work? Lets do it?

    • WSB February 26, 2010 (4:23 pm)

      Honestly, somebody should check in with the Parks Department acquisition team. They have been snapping up little chunks here and there, although I don’t know if they’ve done anything in the seven-digit realm. Maybe I’ll drop them a note to ask the process for citizens to propose parcels for acquisition … TR

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