Bill Gates home took $63 million and seven years to build. Gates named his Medina, Washington estate as Xanadu 2.0 after the home of Charles Foster Kane the fictional character from Citizen Kane.
This absolutely massive house is 66,000 square feet in area, and is equipped with every possible high-tech detail you can imagine.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the richest man in the U.S. with an incredible net worth of $81.5 billion. Hence, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that one of the richest people in the world has an outrageously extravagant home.
We have gathered some crazy facts and over-the-top features of Bill Gates home Xanadu 2.0.
Facts About Bill Gates Home Xanadu 2.0
1. The worth of this property is at least $123 million. As per the public assessor’s office at the King County, the worth of this property is $123.54 million. Gates had purchased this piece of property in 1988 for $2 million. He apparently pays approximately $1 million each year in property taxes.
2. To complete this project half a million board-feet of lumber was required. This Bill Gates home was built with Douglas fir trees which were 500 years old. Around 300 construction workers worked on this house – Out of them 100 were electricians.
3. A state-of-the-art sensor system helps the guests to monitor the lighting and climate of the room.
On arrival guests are given a pin which interacts with the sensors located everywhere in the house. Guests can enter their lighting and temperature preferences and the settings also keep change as they move around the house. There are speakers hidden behind the wallpaper which allow music to follow wherever the guests move.
4. This Bill Gates home is an “earth-sheltered” house, what that means is that Xanadu 2.0 is built to regulate temperature more efficiently using its natural surroundings to reduce heat loss.
5. If you don’t like the artwork on the walls you can change it with a simple touch of a button. Around $80,000 worth of computer-screens are placed around the house. The display can be changed to different photographs or paintings, which are retrieved from $150,000 storage devices.
6. The pool is equipped with its own underwater music. There’s a separate 3900 square-foot building for the 60 foot pool. The guests can swim below a glass wall to rise up to a terrace area. The pool comes with a locker room with 4 showers and 2 baths.
7. There’s a special trampoline room having a ceiling of 20-foot. There are exercise facilities in total 2500 square feet which includes a steam room, sauna and separate locker rooms for men and women.
8. There’s a huge reception hall which can easily accommodate around 200 guests. It’s a 2300 square-foot reception hall with a 6 foot wide fireplace on one wall, and a 22 foot wide video screen on the other wall.
9. The Xanadu 2.0 has 24 bathrooms in total, out of which 10 are full baths.
10. This Bill Gates home has six kitchens in total, situated in different parts of the house.
11. There’s a colossal 2100 square-foot library with a collection of manuscripts that Gates paid above $30 million for. The library stores a 16-century Leonardo da Vinci manuscript, Codex Leicester which Gates bought for $30.8 million at an auction in 1994.
12. The Art Deco style home theatre can has ample room for 20 guests in luxurious seats with comfy couches, arm chairs and a popcorn machine.
13. There is a separate 900-square-foot building for activities it is right next to Gates’ putting green, sport court and boat docks.
14. The 1,900 square-foot guest house is equally technologically advanced as the main house.
The guest house was in fact the first building to be finished on the property.
15. The garages can provide accommodation for up to 23 cars all together. Several different garages are located around the property at different points. However, the most fascinating one is the underground cave made of stainless steel and concrete. That garage can park up to 10 cars.
16. Gates has his favorite tree electronically monitored 24 hours every day. He became attached to this 40 year old maple tree that had grown near his driveway. It is monitored through a computer, and if it becomes too dry, automatically water is pumped into the tree.
17. There is an artificial stream in this Bill Gates home which is stocked with fish.
18. There’s sand imported especially from the Caribbean on Gates’ beach. The lakefront shore has sand which is delivered in huge quantity from St. Lucia every year.
19. Once someone had paid $35,000 just to take a tour of the house. Gates has also donated personal tours of his $123 Million Mansion in the past.