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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

June 25, 2008 at 9:00 PM

The house that Windows Mobile built, on sale in Medina

Now that former Microsoft Senior Vice President Pieter Knook has a new job at Vodafone, near London, he’s selling his waterfront mansion on Lake Washington. The British wireless company hired him February to head its Internet services business.

Knook’s five-bedroom, 7.5-bath, 8,030-square-foot home is listed at $8.68 million.

You may have seen it while driving east on Highway 520 over the Evergreen Point bridge, if you weren’t looking off to the right, hoping for a glimpse of Bill Gates. Knook’s place is on the bluff at the east end of the bridge, off to the left, about 12 or so houses north of the bridge.

In its listing description, Coldwell Banker Bain apparently picked up on Knook’s globe-trotting career. Did the real estate agent know the Cambridge University graduate was president of Microsoft Asia before taking over its phone and mobile device businesses?

From it’s listing: “Think Global! International tour de force … Punctuated with a modern attitude … A home with a brain. Unsurpassed hi-tech appointments.”

The 5-year-old house also has four fireplaces, an indoor pool, sauna, steam shower, security cameras and a dock with three slips and two lifts. Here’s a link to a photo gallery.

It’ll be hard to find all that in Berkshire, England.

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