Bill Gates's house

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Bill Gates' earth shelter house
Bill Gates' House
General information
Type Home
Architectural style Pacific lodge, extensively automated
Location 1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, Washington, USA
Coordinates 47°37′40″N 122°14′31″W / 47.62774°N 122.24195°W / 47.62774; -122.24195Coordinates: 47°37′40″N 122°14′31″W / 47.62774°N 122.24195°W / 47.62774; -122.24195
Cost $63.2 million to build
Technical details
Structural system Earth-sheltered

Bill Gates' house is a large mansion that overlooks Lake Washington in Medina, Washington, United States of America. The 66,000-square-foot (6,100 m2) mansion is noted for its design and the technology it incorporates. It is nicknamed Xanadu 2.0[1] after the title character's estate in Citizen Kane. It took seven years to build and cost $63.2 million. In the late 90s and early 2000s, interns at Microsoft would attend a summer party at the house.

In 2009, property taxes were reported to be US $1.063 million on a total assessed value of US$147.5 million.[2]

Design and features[edit]

The house was the result of a collaboration between Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects (based in Pennsylvania but with satellite offices in Seattle and San Francisco) and Cutler-Anderson Architects of Bainbridge Island, Washington.[3][4] Neither company's website currently has information or images of the house, perhaps due to Gates's privacy and security concerns.

The mansion is a modern design in the Pacific Lodge style, with classic features such as a big private library with a dome shaped roof and oculus.[5][6] The house also features an estate-wide server system, a 60-foot (18 m) swimming pool with an underwater music system, a 2,500-square-foot (230 m2) gym, a 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) dining room, and heated floors and driveways.[7] Guests wear pins that automatically adjust temperature, music, and lighting based on their preferences upon entering a room. It is also an earth-sheltered house.[8]


  1. ^ Folkers, Richard (1997-11-23). "Bill Gates' stately pleasure dome and futuristic home". 
  2. ^ Anderson, Rick (2008-05-16). "Taxman Cometh". Seattle Weekly. 
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  4. ^ Cutler Anderson Architects
  5. ^ "Technology: Bill Gates' House". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Pool Building". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  7. ^ "coverage of the Gates' Medina, Washington estate". Forbes. May 22, 2002. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ Paterson, Thane (June 13, 2000). "Advice for Bill Gates: A Little Culture Wouldn't Hurt". Business Week. Archived from the original on August 11, 2007. Retrieved March 21, 2008. 
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