Luxury Real Estate Partnership.

Dan Gottesman and Sam Chapin are a team dedicated to delivering the highest quality of customer service, market knowledge, and negotiating skills to the Mercer Island, Seattle, and Eastside real estate markets.

Dan and Sam have lived on Mercer Island for a combined 75 years. From pre-school to high school, then back after college and obtaining advanced degrees, Dan and Sam have experienced every aspect of the island’s growth. More importantly, they have a combined 45 years of real estate experience on Mercer Island and in the greater Seattle area.


Dan Gottesman is a luxury real estate broker of the highest order. After decades as a developer, entrepreneur, and realtor he’s learned a few things. But there are some important things you don’t know about Dan. He has a penchant for wearing cool hats, hip shoes, and the occasional scarf. You don’t want to bet against him in golf, though his only hole-in-one came in the form of a shanked 8 iron that accidentally rolled in. Dan sneezes in threes. Loudly. He prefers a vodka martini but has never said no to Rose. Dan likes sardines for lunch.


Sam Chapin loves the action in real estate: the research, the analysis, the tours, the negotiation — all of it. Sam’s legal experience coupled with his background in real estate translates to the highest level of client service. A few more things about Sam: He plays guitar but can only entertain drunks and 6 year-olds. He still shoots a hook shot, and he once convinced Michael Jordan they had played hoops together (they hadn’t). No one enjoys a toast more than Sam, and he’s been known to walk on a dinner table without breaking a glass to deliver one. It took Sam 17 Negronis over 5 years before he realized what he was missing. Oh yeah, and Sam also likes sardines.


Tema comes at real estate with the same vigor she practiced law. She grew up in Philadelphia and earned her B.S. at Georgetown University in languages and linguistics. While in college, Tema interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs. Tema earned her law degree from the Washington University School of Law, focusing on international law and human rights. After law school, Tema returned to Philadelphia and worked as a litigator at a law firm there. Tema, and her family of four boys moved to Seattle in 2015 where she joined the Mercer Island Law Group and continued her litigation career. 

Tema is the president of a charitable trust which funds medical science, research, and education. She also serves on multiple boards, including the Mercer Island Schools Foundation, The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Film School of Seattle.


Sarah Rowe joined the Gottesman Chapin Group in 2019. Sarah’s life has been laser-focused on “home,” whether through real estate purchases, interior design, or mass-producing hot loaves of bread with melted Cheese curds inside. That’s right, cheese curds. Sarah famously interrupted Tiger Woods' concentration at the 2009 U.S. Open by slurping beer too loudly. She has run multiple marathons, but prefers to play only 9 holes of golf. Once afraid to ski moguls, Sarah now refers to herself as the “bump b****” Roadkill disgusts her so much she’ll drive a different route to avoid it, but she loves a good steak.

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