This Seattle-area luxury mall caters to tech moguls and ultra-rich tourists. Here's what it's like to shop there.
- Bellevue, Washington is in one of the richest metro areas in America.
- It's home to tech moguls and billionaires like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
- I went to The Shops at Bravern, Bellevue's most high-end luxury shopping mall which is located near a Microsoft campus, to see what the shopping experience is like.
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Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Steve Ballmer - these are just some of the ultra-rich tech moguls that reside in Bellevue, Washington, a city of around 150,000 people just across a lake from Seattle.
Bellevue's median listed home price is $925,000 according to Zillow, which is more than double Washington State's median listing price of $425,000 and around four times the US median listing price of $226,800.Why is Bellevue so expensive? Tech companies like Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Expedia have headquarters in the city. And that's just in Bellevue. In nearby Seattle, Amazon's headquarters have transformed a former warehouse district into a metropolis of shiny towers, not to mention the smaller branches of companies like Facebook, Uber, and Twitter. Before China instituted new rules limiting the purchase of real estate abroad, Seattle was also the top destination for Chinese homebuyers.
I went to The Shops at Bravern, the most expensive mall in Bellevue and a Microsoft campus, to see what it's like to shop there.
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