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

September 11, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Microsoft CFO selling waterfront manse

Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell is selling his waterfront mansion in Medina, but don’t read too much into the listing.

Liddell told me he’s not leaving town; he’s just moving into a different house.

Maybe he’s tired of mowing all that grass leading down to Lake Washington.

The house has five bedrooms, five baths, four fireplaces and two docks on an acre of no-bank waterfront, all for just $13.85 million. It looks like the biggest lot on the northern point of Medina, that finger of land you see to the left when you’re heading east across the Highway 520 bridge.

Windermere agent Tere Foster’s listing describes it as a “street to water acre paradise” where “waves roll gently up on the beach, as the sunset dances across pavilions of glass. A magical dreamscape lays claim to 174 feet of waterfront.”

If Liddell gets close to the asking price, the house will return more than his Microsoft stock has since he bought the spread in 2005 for $9.6 million.

Speaking of Microsoft mansions in Medina, the company’s former wireless boss, Pieter Knook, has dropped the price of his place down the beach from Liddell’s.

Knook’s property – with a bigger house on a smaller, steeper lot – is now listed for $7.89 million, down from $8.68 million in June.

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