Perhaps the biggest news locally this week (besides that the beaches may open on a limited basis on Monday) is that Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have reportedly purchased a sprawling beachfront compound in our beautiful community of Del Mar for a paltry $43 million. It’s along the route that I’ve been walking since the beaches are closed and many in and around the neighborhood were talking about the news as we walked by the past few days. One many said that he even saw Bill leaving the other day, but that has not yet been confirmed.
According to a post at Fox San Diego, The 5,800-square-foot home has 120 feet of ocean frontage, six bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a four-car garage.
The home was previously owned by Madeline Pickens, the former wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens.
Even though the Gates also own a ranch estate in the swanky and ultra-expensive Rancho Santa Fe, it is generally unknown how much time they actually spend in southern California. Since he’s apparently stuck on vaccinations for the entire planet, it’s probably a good thing that he’s got digs close to San Diego, which has become a biotech hotspot in the US.
It seems like security will need to be A LOT different at the beach in Del Mar, as Gates won’t be able to stop the public from walking through the public alley that splits his new compound – nor will he be able to keep beach goers from gawking at his property from the beach (once it is open again). Sources say that back home in Medina, Washington where Gates built a huge Lake Washington waterfront home mostly underground with a long gated and private driveway, whenever he leaves, there are three exact cars that leave at the same time and split up after leaving the golden Medina enclave – creating a security diversion. It’s unclear it the Gates security staff will have a similar SOP here in Del Mar.
The only people who I have seen roaming the property in the past couple of days, seems to be part of a maintenance crew making sure that everything is operational. There has been one vehicle spotted that may be connected with Gates, as it has the license plate “DAVO” – and it is well known that Gates is connected to the World Economic Forum held each year in Davos, Switzerland …