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Xanadu 2.0
Bill Gates' House
General information
Architectural style Pacific lodge
Location 1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, Washington, United States
Coordinates 47°37′40″N 122°14′31″W / 47.62774°N 122.24194°W / 47.62774; -122.24194Coordinates: 47°37′40″N 122°14′31″W / 47.62774°N 122.24194°W / 47.62774; -122.24194
Cost $63.20 million to build
Technical details
Structural system Earth-sheltered

Xanadu 2.0 is a large mansion that overlooks Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. 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 2009, property taxes were reported to be US $1.063 million on a total assessed value of US$147.5 million.[2]

Zillow has estimated that the house is worth $154,286,409 and as of July 16, 2015, the house has received 227,639 website views.[3]

Design and features[edit]

The house in 2015. Many trees block much of the house from view from Lake Washington.

Seen from Lake Washington the house is located directly in front of the nearby city of Bellevue.

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.[4][5] 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 private library with a dome shaped roof and oculus.[6][7] 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.[8] 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.[9]


  1. ^ Folkers, Richard (1997-11-23). "Bill Gates' stately pleasure dome and futuristic home". 
  2. ^ Anderson, Rick (2008-05-16). "Taxman Cometh". Seattle Weekly. 
  3. ^ Inc., Zillow,. "1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, WA 98039 is Off Market | Zillow". Zillow. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Cutler Anderson Architects
  6. ^ "Technology: Bill Gates' House". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  7. ^ "Pool Building". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  8. ^ "coverage of the Gates' Medina, Washington estate". Forbes. May 22, 2002. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  9. ^ 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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