By Reporter Steven Smalley
Global Seas, managers of fishing and research vessels in Alaska and elsewhere, doing business as Oceanstar LLC, is the new owner of the “Admiral’s House,” confirmed company sources. Purchased for $2.7 million, reportedly $500,000 under the listing price, Global Seas is headed by company founder, President and CEO, Robert M. “Bob” Desautel, a resident of Seattle.
Built in 1945 and previously owned by the Navy, the Admiral’s House has eight bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, and is located on nearly four acres of land overlooking downtown Seattle, Puget Sound, and the Elliott Bay Marina. The stately white mansion on the bluff in Magnolia is designated a City of Seattle landmark and nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The residence was home to admirals of the Navy since World War II.
“They fell in love with it because of Seattle history,” explains Staci Baldwin, the real estate listing agent, who spoke with Magnolia Voice.
Although it would make for one of the grandest homes in the region, company sources say Global Seas plans to put its offices there. No dates were announced.
“We can’t wait to move in,” gushed an employee at Global Seas. “It’s a fantastic piece of property…just phenomenal. If you’re not happy there, you’re not happy anywhere.”
With headquarters in Seattle, Global Seas manages industries which include fish harvesting, and fish processing, plus ownership and management of survey vessels for charter, real estate, agriculture and technology, according to published company sources.
The new owners are required to maintain the house and site as stipulated by the landmark’s ordinance.