Semi-monthly news and updates about the homes, people, businesses and communities that are featured in Lake Washington 130 Homes. This covers the Lake Washington waterfront in Seattle’s Madison Park, Denny-Blaine and Madrona neighborhoods, Mercer Island, and The Eastside communities of Bellevue, Medina, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point.
(The above home belongs to Charles Simonyi. See 5/31/11 post.)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jeff Brotman Hosts Michelle Obama

Jeff and Susan Brotman hosted lunch with Michelle Obama at their Medina mansion on October 25, 2010. The lunch was a fundraiser for US Senator Patty Murray’s (Democrat Washington) reelection. Table captains pledged $7500 each. The mansion is in the exclusive cove of Medina that includes Nathan Myhrvold’s T-Rex house, Charles Simonyi’s Window 2000 house and Gary Reed’s former estate. The mansion is on page 98 in Lake Washington 130 Homes.
Jeff is the Chairman and co-founder of Costco. The mansion is also known as “their Art House” that includes monumental pieces by Richard Serra and James Turrell. The house was designed by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects who are known for designing art-galleries-cum-residences ( The louvers on the front (water side) and roof of the house adjust to provide the opitimun natural light on the extensive art collection.


  1. I've done work in this house - it does indeed house some amazing artwork. Inside it didn't seem as big as I would have expected - everything was, of course, pristine and I only got to meet staff!

  2. One might think that someone with Brotman's purported business experience would be smarter than embracing either Obama or Murray. Kind of makes you scratch your head, wondering how he got this far. His political leanings belie any semblance of economic common sense!

    1. So you have to be a cut-throat, penny-pinching CEO to run a successful company? Last I checked, Costco leaves both WalMart and Sam's Club in the dust far as sales go despite both being run by right wing conservatives with the above-described traits.

  3. I thought the executives at Costco don't brag or show off what they have.

  4. I stress out at Costco so Jeff can have this mansion, hell know! They to pay us more so we can have a mansion too

  5. He won't have it for long, he's old, and soon he will pass!