Property Watch: Medina’s First Mansion Invented Eastside Luxury

The Bellevue-adjacent burg of Medina has long taken on a sort of mythological quality—not least because of its watchful security, which keeps famous residences like Bill Gates’s 24-bathroom behemoth squarely in the realm of legend. 

The enclave of massive homes wasn’t born for Seattle’s tech titans. Almost a century before the likes of Jeff Bezos settled down on Lake Washington’s opulent shores, Independent Telephone secretary and general manager Edward Webster built this impressive Craftsman home—and with it, the plush lifestyle that would one day become synonymous with the suburban Gold Coast.

Called Medina’s first mansion, the Gables finished its five-year building

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