Medina is already its own kind of wealthy enclave, so Evergreen Point Road is like an extra-wealthy enclave within an enclave. Set along a scenic strip of Lake Washington waterfront just north of Bellevue, the neighborhood is home to the two richest people in the world, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, plus a whole host of the Seattle area’s most moneyed residents. Bloomberg named it the seventh-most-expensive ZIP code in the United States in its annual ranking last week—and noted a 22.7 percent growth in adjusted gross income since last year.
Which brings us to this $9.25 million beach home at 2237 Evergreen Point Road, listed by Windermere, complete with private tram—and just a 15-minute walk (or a shorter boat trip) from Bill Gates’s storied estate. The proximity is fitting: Its current owners are Alan McGinnis, a former Microsoft manager who is now the CEO and founder of Enthrall Sports, a platform that lets fans put their own photos on the Jumbotron, and his wife Jeannie, a consultant for Sotheby’s.
While it’s clearly not a cottage—it’s more than 5,000 square feet on the better part of an acre—it still goes for that beach-cottage look, with a Craftsman shape and wood shingles on the exterior. Inside, it has all the trappings of a seven-figure luxury Craftsman built in the 2000: a river-rock fireplace, plenty of windows and built-ins framed with exposed grain, a wine cellar, and a giant, eat-in kitchen. Extra touches make it special, like a library (complete with sliding ladder), hardwood inlay, a guesthouse, a boathouse, and, again, its own private tram.
It is Evergreen Point Road, so it also, of course, has an 800-foot dock for all Lake Washington boating needs.