Dean Kahn

Peek inside a rock ’n’ roll legend’s $4.3 million estate

The gardens of the Bachman estate – just south of the border between Blaine and Guide Meridian – are “immaculate,” says one of the listing agents.
The gardens of the Bachman estate – just south of the border between Blaine and Guide Meridian – are “immaculate,” says one of the listing agents. Ken Harrison

Looking for a house with plenty of elbow room? Something in the range of $4 million and change?

Look no more.

The Bachman estate – so-called because Canadian rock ’n’ roll star Randy Bachman built it in 1975 as a weekend retreat and recording studio – is up for sale. The 14,796-square-foot, Tudor-style mansion sits on 29.5 acres just south of the border at 776 H Street Road, between Blaine and Guide Meridian.

A few more numbers: The residence has eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, two bowling lanes, one large pool, and a good-sized indoor basketball court.

It’s quite a stunning residence. It is like a small hotel.

Ken Harrison, agent with Coldwell Banker BAIN

Now the big number: The sale price is $4,375,000.

As a music producer and a founding member of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bachman sold more than 40 million records and earned more than 120 gold and platinum albums or singles. His hits include “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “American Woman,” “Takin’ Care of Business” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”

Bachman’s former estate includes his personal recording studio, minus the technical equipment but with a gold record still hanging on a wall. During his time there, Bachman reportedly played host to such fellow stars as Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and members of the Beatles.

“It’s quite a stunning residence,” said Ken Harrison, who, with his son, Zach Harrison, are the listing agents at Coldwell Banker BAIN. “It is like a small hotel.”

The estate does have a touch of nonmusical commerce in its history. After his divorce, Bachman sold the property in 1987 for $725,000 to a company that turned it into a short-lived drug-and-alcohol treatment center.

The property then changed hands several times in quick order before a couple bought it in 1998 with plans to operate it as a bed-and-breakfast and as a locale for retreats, corporate parties, weddings and luncheons.

The current owners, Jim and Andrea Clay, bought it 2004 for $1.82 million. The Clays, using their backgrounds in business and health, are the driving force behind ClayForEarth.org, a foundation that supports sustainable solutions to problems in poor parts of the world.

Among various improvements to the property, the Clays added a small lake, and the bowling lanes and basketball court. They also did extensive remodeling, and turned some bedrooms into suites, Ken Harrison said.

“It’s a got a sense of elegance and warmth to it,” he said. “The gardens are immaculate.”

Harrison plans to market the property heavily in the Seattle area.

“Something like this down there would be three times the money,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting to see who ends up with this.”

Sorry, music fans; no open houses are planned.

For more details, go to www.bachmanestate.com.

Dean Kahn: 360-715-2291

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