There is a house in Bellevue that is the intersection of all things Seattle: A charming Craftsman, rebuilt in 2001 with lots of skylights, hardwood floors, and even a big party deck with a hot tub. It's a well cared for piece of property, and sitting beside the river-rock fireplace sounds particularly enticing given the weather we're having.
Of course there's the note that when this place was housing a renter in 1994, that renter started a business called Amazon in the garage.
Yes, the property listed at 10704 Northeast 28th Street in Bellevue is a little slice of history, featuring the garage where Jeff Bezos first started his company, on a desk made out of a wooden door and four-pieces of wood.
Amazon wouldn't stay there for long (they would quickly move into offices along Second Avenue downtown, and keep growing from there) and listing agent Pat Sullivan told The Seattle Times that it's not the same house that Bezos lived in, given the remodeling work that happened in the early 2000s.
But it's also pretty representative on the upward trajectory that home prices in the Puget Sound area have ridden since — well, since Amazon came to town.
When Bezos was a renter in the 1990s, the house was worth $135,000. It's now selling for $1,488,888; a price that's below Bellevue's median sales price, and made without factoring in any sort of historical significance, according to Sullivan.
But that doesn't mean he expects the listing to be without note for its place in history.
"And they (the couple selling it) said, 'Oh by the way, I don't know if this would matter at all, but Jeff Bezos used to live here and he started Amazon in the garage,'" he told The Seattle Times. "I said, 'Yes, that would totally matter.'
"I think there's a good chance an Amazon exec might buy this for bragging rights."
Were Bezos to flex and snatch up this bit of Amazon lore for himself, it would be just a fraction of his (pre-divorce) net worth.
The house is listed for $1,488,888. You can find the full listing here.