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Canes' Semin buys $3M house from local real estate exec Don Walston
07.10. 2013. Amanda Jones Hoyle. Staff Writer- Triangle Business Journal

With a $35 million, five-year contract extension signed last March, Carolina Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin is getting settled in his new hometown with the recent purchase a nearly $3 million estate in north Raleigh.

The 9,716-square-foot home is just down the street and even bigger than the house that his boss, Canes General Manager Jim Rutherford, built in 2011 in the Wakefield Plantation community.

Semin, a 29-year-old native of Russia, bought the five-year-old, Classic Mediterranean-style home for $2.875 million from Raleigh real estate veteran Donald Walston, the founder and executive chairman of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston.

Walston was present at TBJs Best Places to Work awards event on Oct. 4, and he confirmed that he had sold his home to Semin, adding that the deal almost didnt come together in time for the start of hockey season practice.

Walston and his wife of seven years, Milena, have since moved temporarily into a house they are renting off of Lake Boone Trail, he says.

According to Triangle Multiple Listing Service records, the two-story home that Walston built and Semin purchased on Village Manor Way has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, a grand foyer with a curved staircase, a nannys suite with separate entrance, an elevator, views of the lake and the TPC Wakefield Plantation golf course

The listing agent for the home was John Young of Coldwell Banker/Howard Perry & Walston, and the buyers agent was Linda Craft of Linda Craft & Team, Realtors.

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