Take a look inside Bill and Melinda Gates’ high tech mansion, valued at $200 million as of 2005, which is located in Medina, Washington near the Microsoft and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters.
The 66,000-square-foot home resting on 5.5 acres of land took Gates seven years and $63 million to build his dream home, which he has named Xanadu 2.0, named after the characters estate in the film Citizen Kane.
The house has a total of seven bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, and technology that will make any geek salivate. His property taxes alone work out to over $1 million per year. The home
Bill & Melinda Gates’ ‘Xanadu 2.0’ home boasts of many interesting features:
10. Built with half a million board-feet of lumber
The house was built with 500-year-old Douglas fir trees. 300 construction workers labored on the home — 100 of whom were electricians.
9. Climate Control Personalization
When guests arrive, they’re given a pin that interacts with sensors located all over the house. Guests enter their temperature and lighting preferences so that the settings change as they move throughout the home. Speakers hidden behind wallpaper allows music to follow you from room to room.
8. Artwork which changes at the touch of a button
The artwork on walls can be changed with just the touch of a button. Situated around the house are $80,000 worth of computer screens. Anyone can make the screens display their favorite artwork, which is stored on $150,000 worth of servers.
7. Pool with underwater speaker system
Situated in it’s own 3,900-square-foot, the 60ft pool has a glass wall which allows you to swim under the terrace and come out the other side. The pool house also features a locker room, four showers, and two baths.
6. Trampoline Room & Exercise Facilities
No one is quite sure just how large the trampoline is, but it to doesn’t take much imagination to realize how much more fun it is than a traditional workout. In total, the 2,500 square foot exercise facilities include a sauna, steam room, and separate men’s and women’s locker rooms.
5. Library full of rare, exotic books
A brilliant man like Bill Gates of course loves to read, so his home features a 2,100-square-foot library with a dome room, and two secret bookcases, one of which contains a hidden bar.
Painted on the ceiling is a quote from “The Great Gatsby” which reads, “He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.” This is a quote him and Melinda find relates to their marriage and relationship. No word on whether or not there’s a green light at the end of his dock, though.
The library also contains a Codex Leicester, a 16th-century Leonardo da Vinci manuscript that Gates bought at an auction for $30.8 million in 1994.
4. Electronically monitored Maple tree
After Bill became fond of a 40-year-old maple tree that was growing too close to the driveway, he paid to have it relocated and for computer systems to be built to monitor the tree 24 hours per day. If it gets dry, the right amount of water is automatically administered.
3. An underground garage
It’s up for debate whether or not Gates is batman, but what is for certain is that one of his many garages is an underground cave made from concrete and stainless steel which has room for ten vehicles.
2. Imported Sand from Caribbean
The beach sand on the bank of the lake is not from Lake Washington, it is barged in annually from a tropical beach in St. Lucia
1. Massive dining hall
The 2,300-square-foot dining hall could seat up to 150 people for a dinner party, or 200 people standing up at a cocktail event. A 6-foot-wide limestone fireplace dominates one wall, while another wall has a 22-foot-wide video screen.