Update: Much ado over nothing. As Mary so kindly points out below, and as a search of King County property records confirms, it appears that this home doesn’t belong to the DelBene’s. Mary, I disagree with everything else you said, though.
Liz Mair had an interesting post today about Suzan DelBene, Dave Reichert’s Democrat challenger in Washington’s 8th Congressional District. As she says, it’s purely gossip but I like a good bit of gossip as much as the next person, so let me chime in.
DelBene’s home is on the market, so I looked the listing up on the John L. Scott Web site. The listing includes the information that the home is just under 3,000 square feet and was built in 1941. The pictures show that there’s been extensive remodeling, resulting in a very nice but – for the area – very modest home.
Most of these ’40s era lake front homes have long since been replaced by homes that, when I was growing up, would have been called mansions but have become so common they could just be called MS Homes™. I was starting to feel just the tiniest bit of grudging admiration for Ms. DelBene for having chosen to buck the trend of tearing these places down and replacing them when I noticed this at the bottom of the description:
Set of plans for a 6k sqft hm available upon request.
As Liz notes, the current home is “possibly not the kind of place one wants to be caught living in if trying to appeal to average folks while running against Reichert, who cuts a pretty non-elite profile.” I agree completely…and add that planning to tear down a home that most people would love to own to replace it with yet another waterfront house-on-steroids might not strike quite the right note either.
I’m guessing that Dave Reichert’s neighborhood is just a bit different than DelBene’s, which includes these homes, also on the market.
Yeah. That Suzan DelBene; she’s just folks.