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Some Pics From The Mercer Island House

written by John Chow on May 7, 2009

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I am running things in Seattle for the next little while. I could be down here for up to three months depending on how things progress. When I’m in Seattle, I stay at a beautiful water view house on Mercer Island. It’s actually not that far from Bill Gate’s place. The house belongs to two friends of ours, a young couple who divides their time between the Mercer Island house and a water front condo on Vancouver’s Coal Harbour.

Originally purchased for $1 million, the house has since been modernized with $400,000 of renovations. Large walls of glass offer a fantastic view of Lake Washington. As modern as the house is now, it still lacks wireless Internet. This is because every room is equipped with double Ethernet outlets for high speed Internet access. The main living area has ten Ethernet ports. That’s all great and dandy but it still doesn’t help the MacBook Air since it lacks an Ethernet port. Good thing I brought my mini wireless router along.

I’m thinking of buying a place in Seattle and staying in the Mercer Island house is giving me a good idea on what it’s like to live down here. I like how the highway system go right through the city of Seattle. In Vancouver, the highway stops once you cross the bridge. I tried to experience a bit of Seattle rush hour yesterday but was too early. Traffic on the 405 was pretty good 4PM.

I will be holding this Saturday’s Dot Com Pho at Pho World in Renton. I invite all my Seattle readers to come on down at 12:30. The boys from Unique Blog Designs will be there as well. I hope to see you there. Reply to me on Twitter if you can make it. In the mean time, here’s a few more pics of the house.

Mercer Island House

Mercer Island House

Mercer Island House

Mercer Island House

Mercer Island House

Mercer Island House

Mercer Island House

Mercer Island House

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unbreakable May 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm

This a beautiful house, love the fact that it has a lot of glass

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Shanker Bakshi May 8, 2009 at 9:30 am

Yes beautiful house . love the view in last picture.

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Play Games Win Prizes May 9, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Dang John, you balling! :D


JENNIFER May 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm

niiiiiiiice! especially like the frank ghery wiggle ottoman!

Pheak Tol May 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm

man the house looks great! is that a mini fireplace on the second to last picture down bottom?

the glass walls really do give it a better look rather than jsut a regular wall – is there some kind of electricial mechanism for curtains or is it just open like that

awesome house

John Chow May 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm

It’s a full size fireplace. It creates a single line fire. Looks pretty cool.

Josten May 7, 2009 at 2:02 pm

wow that house is beautiful

Tom - StandOutBlogger.com May 7, 2009 at 2:07 pm

That house is amazing! I love the view :D

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Caden Grant May 7, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Wow, John. That house is beautiful, as is the view. You are so lucky to be staying there!

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John May 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Very nice house and what a great view. Do post pictures and update us on how the conference went for those of us that won’t be able to attend.

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Gary May 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I see a dot com cat hanging out there! Is that included with the house?

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John Chow May 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

There’s also a dot com dog too!

Ekey May 8, 2009 at 9:25 am

Then you should post the picture of that too.

Jake Stone May 9, 2009 at 6:03 am

I hope they get along.

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John Chow May 9, 2009 at 5:55 pm

They fight a lot when they’re outside but they’re well behaved when inside.

Danny Croft May 7, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Wow what a nice place id love to live somewhere like that, that you for this post its giving me the motivation to get my website on the go so i can make some real money. Please check out my NEW blog http://www.dan-croft.com

Thanks Danny

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Farai May 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Beautiful house. i love the large glass panels used, lots of light. Excellent architectural design. Enjoy your stay in Seatle John.

Tran Harry May 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm

If you’re looking to buy a place in Seattle as a Summer home than go for it. Otherwise don’t do it. Year round it is a depressing city, I live in Renton and can tell you more about it if you like from my two years up here. The weather is never nice, (except a month in the summer), when it snows up here in December and parts of January the city isn’t equiped for it and people don’t know how to drive. Once again I twitted you about the traffic but it has gotten better lately, due to the unemployment but my commute home at 4:30 is 30 minutes from Bellevue to Renton. That’s only 8 miles of road. The freeway i-5 through the heart of Seattle is more a curse than a blessing as it gets congested all the time with people filtering out near downtown. And Seattle for some odd reason is the only city I know of which does construction on major roadways during the day time where traffic builds up. I’m originally from San Francisco and boy its a lot better there. And I’m thinking of going back, its been two crazy years. I’m in Renton and if you want a perspective from someone who isn’t native and biased for Seattle than feel free to reach me anytime. You have my email.

TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 12, 2009 at 2:55 am

I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle. I’ll get there one of these days.

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Danny Croft May 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Id love to live in a house like that mabey one day it will, thank you for posting this up looks an amazing place its makes me want to try that bit harder to get there

Thanks Dan.

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James seligman May 7, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Great looking view, “The Rock” does have some great views. At least you took the pictures on a descent day, yesterday was horrible.

See ya on Saturday!

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Philip Nowak May 7, 2009 at 3:10 pm

That house is beautiful. I love the minimalist furniture and modern design. We have many houses like this in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, although the few out the window is of your neighbors 4 feet away or the alley!

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Marina Martin May 7, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Welcome to Seattle!

I’ve lived all over the place (including NYC, LA, and SF and a stint in Germany) and Seattle is the first and only place I’ve ever felt I could stay in. (I’ve been here 1.5 years so far.) However, I’d encourage you to check out houses in Wallingford or Queen Anne, not Mercer Island — having a single bridge between you and downtown quickly gets tiresome. I know a few people who have since moved from Mercer Island to be closer to downtown. There’s a really strong tech community here (and plenty of pho!), second only to Silicon Valley.

@Tran is right about Seattle not being a good place for people who get depressed when it’s overcast outside. However, I find rain invigorating, so to each his own!

Tran Harry May 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Yes Sir, to each their own, as I can attest, many people I speak to tell me they can’t see themselves anywhere else but Seattle because they love it all, including the weather.

Than there are those complacent people who when asked why they remain in Seattle, they tell me that they don’t want to move, or they’re scared of moving, fear of not being able to find a job, or they’re held back by family (to which is understandable if you don’t know anyone anywhere else).

To the complacent percentage they’ll complain about the rain and never make an effort to get themselves out of it. I for one am making it my effort to move.

TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 12, 2009 at 2:56 am

Have you ever lived in London? I was born/raised there, but live in the States now.

Tyler May 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Nice open concept place! Love the large windows, and the view is pretty cool too.

Not to be picky but don’t you mean Ethernet Ports and not NIC ports? NIC being Network Interface Card, as in the devices that go inside a computer ;)

Aman@BullsBattleBears May 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm

that house looks stunning! really nice pics of the place John! Great way to live in Seattle!

Marketing Business Review May 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm

What a great view John. Who is the owner of that cat? Are you by any chance?

Michael Kwan May 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Why are you thinking of buying a place in Seattle? It’s just the American version of Vancouver, at least in terms of weather.

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John Chow May 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Seattle real estate prices has fell faster than Vancouver. Mercer Island is like West Vancouver. However, a million bucks buys you a lot more house on Mercer than West Van.

Marina Martin May 8, 2009 at 3:15 am

If that’s your price range, there’s a gorgeous house in Wallingford for $1.5mil that’s been available for awhile:

game-girl May 7, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I like the view of nature which is revealed from the terrace of the house.

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Ekey May 8, 2009 at 9:23 am

Seattle is a really beautiful place. You don’t have to live in this mansion to realize that. Simply go to the mountains and you will see the real beauty. I loved eating wild berries there.

TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 7, 2009 at 11:52 pm

I love the second picture where your friend is sitting on the couch. The entire setup is amazing. I would love a setup like that.

Best CSS Gallery May 8, 2009 at 1:39 am

Awesome house and very beautiful view! I wish I had a house like that

Ricky Peterson May 8, 2009 at 2:15 am

Super Cool house John ..looks like Heaven ..!!

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TYCP Entertainment Magazine May 12, 2009 at 2:58 am

If that’s what Heaven looks like, then God is living the life!

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fas May 8, 2009 at 5:33 am

Thats not a house, thats a hotel.

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Ekey May 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

Nope its a house with a lot of luxuries of a hotel.

Michael@TheBloggerSource May 8, 2009 at 8:25 am

You’ll love it. I spent some time there. It’s quiet, away from the hustle, but close enough to be in it if you want. Southend is great near Pioneer Park but I’d look for something near town. Nice to be able just to walk there.

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Ekey May 8, 2009 at 9:18 am

Seattle is definitely a good place to be. I went there last summer. It was pretty cool. I love boating and its the city of boats… Nice house pics there.

Aman@BullsBattleBears May 8, 2009 at 10:45 am

seattle is a nice and calm place to live…esp compare to the hustle and bustle of Vancouver. Its been a while since I last went there but cant forget the calm vibe you get from being surrounded by so much greenery and open space.

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Internetsalsa May 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm

If you have money, everywhere is gonna be the same, and Vice-versa.

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Melody May 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm

That many windows freaks me out a bit though…how do you dare walk around naked? lol :P

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Jake Stone May 9, 2009 at 6:14 am

No worries, when couple gets kids, all naked walking will be done by kids. Grown-ups walking around naked was the whole reason for those little ones coming into their lives. :)

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John Chow May 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Not to worry. The house is built on a steep hill. Anyone looking up will only see the ceiling. :)

Miss Right May 8, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Incredible. I would have a hard time leaving there if I were the owners. Their taste in decor is very nice and modern, easy to relax in an environment like that. It is absolutely beautiful and the views are breath taking, I can imagine when the sun is going down the sunset views you must have. Awe inspiring – that is all I am going to say.

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ohmelayu | melayuboleh May 11, 2009 at 8:35 am

wow. i see huge cat!!

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game-girl May 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm

The landscape is magnificient,I am so crazy about the landscape.

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Michael Zhao May 12, 2009 at 12:02 am

Nice…Very Nice! You can throw some awesome parties in a place like that! One life people…Let’s get this!

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Michael Zhao May 12, 2009 at 12:33 am

That is the Ultimate bachelors’ pad…except for the PlayBoy Mansion…but I still think the view beats it though!

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Paula Mooney May 12, 2009 at 7:58 am

It’s so clean. They must not have kids.

Gorgeous, home.

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Tran Harry May 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

While I agree with the statement “To each his own” as I have agreed with Marina Martin, this is what that million dollar view will look like 80% of the time that you are in Mercer Island and Seattle for that matter. I was able to take this picture of Mercer Island across the lake on my commute to work two days ago. You can’t see anything much of the island.


shoes May 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Beautiful house, and even better views! I love your mobile lifestyle.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog May 19, 2009 at 11:09 am

I can do anything to get this home. Just few hours at there and you can refresh yourself. Boy I simply love this, you can not ask more than that.

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