By Patti Payne – Columnist, Puget Sound Business Journal
Jan 24, 2020, 7:00pm PST Updated Jan 25, 2020, 2:37pm PST
Business and community leader Robert W. Creminis selling his waterfront manse — listed at $5 million — on the north side of Mercer Island.
Windermere Broker Anna Riley has the listing, which she describes as transitional.
“This is a rare oasis with the most beautiful light imaginable,” she said. “It’s luxurious but intimate.”
Cremin, a retired captain of industry, was chairman of two industrial mega-companies: Bellevue-based Esterline, and a second New York Stock Exchange company, Dover Corp. His customers included the leading aerospace and military firms in the world.
In retirement, he still sets high goals, has run dozens of marathons around the world, and is about to do the Boston Marathon in mid-April for the 10th time.
This lifelong learner and out-of-the-box thinker is a selective philanthropist along with his wife, Jane Cremin, and they are involved with Fred Hutch, Horizons for Homeless Children, Achilles International and other nonprofits.
Both enjoy collecting art and artifacts from their extensive travels, some of which were on display in their Mercer Island home.
Cremin said he was first drawn to the home almost 30 years ago because of its location on the north end of Mercer Island. He said his locale is two minutes from the I-90 freeway, a straight shot to Bellevue or Seattle, with only one stop-sign between the freeway and his home.
He also loves the L-shaped dock and said it's a bonus when entertaining. He said the Christmas ships congregate off the dock every year, the Blue Angels fly right overhead at Seafair time, and the fireworks on the 4th of July feel like they are right in his backyard.
“The whole house is perfect for entertaining,” Cremin said.
Cremin and his wife have done extensive remodeling of the 3,400-square-foot home with its three bedrooms and four bathrooms. Another thing they love is the wildlife and the fishing.
“I’m a fisherman and I catch trout, perch and bass off the dock,” he said.
They also love the eagles that spend time in nearby trees as well as the river otters.
“They love to slide on the frosted surface of the dock in the winter,” Cremin said. “And because the north side of the island is so quiet, we get migratory ducks in large quantities: 150 sometimes spend the day before they take off for further south.”
Check out the pictures to get a sense of the quiet, gracious lifestyle in the Cremin home.