With a net worth of $81.5 billion,
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates is the
richest man in America.
It shouldn’t be too surprising that one
of the wealthiest people in the world
also has an insanely extravagant home.
It took Gates seven years and $63
million to build his Medina, Washington
estate, named Xanadu 2.0 after the
fictional home of “Citizen Kane”‘s
Charles Foster Kane.
At 66,000 square feet, the home is
absolutely massive, and it’s filled with
We’ve rounded up some of Xanadu
2.0’s most over-the-top features here.
1. It’s worth at least $123 million.
According to the King County public
assessor’s office, the property is worth
$123.54 million as of this year. Gates
purchased the lot for $2 million in
He reportedly pays around $1 million in
property taxes each year.
2. Half a million board-feet of lumber
was needed to complete the project.
The house was built with 500-year-old
Douglas fir trees. 300 construction
workers labored on the home — 100 of
whom were electricians.
3. A high-tech sensor system helps
guests monitor a room’s climate and
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.
4. The house uses its natural
surroundings to reduce heat loss.
Xanadu 2.0 is an “earth-sheltered”
house, meaning that it’s built into its
surroundings to regulate temperature
5. You can change the artwork on the
walls with just the touch of a button.
$80,000 worth of computer screens are
situated around the house. Anyone can
make the screens display their favorite
paintings or photographs, which are
stored on storage devices worth
6. The pool also has its own underwater
The 60-foot pool is located in its own
separate, 3,900-square-foot building.
People in the pool could swim
underneath a glass wall to come up to a
terrace area on the outside.
There’s also a locker room with four
showers and two baths.
7. There’s a trampoline room with a 20-
No word on how big the trampoline
itself is, but we can imagine it would be
a fun alternative to your standard
The exercise facilities total 2,500 square
feet and also include a sauna, steam
room, and separate men’s and women’s
8. An enormous reception hall could
accommodate up to 200 guests.
The 2,300-square-foot hall could seat
up to 150 people for a dinner party, or
200 people standing up at a cocktail
event. A six-foot-wide limestone
fireplace dominates one wall, while
another wall has a 22-foot-wide video
9. The house has 24 bathrooms, 10 of
which are full baths.
Those bathrooms would definitely be
useful if Gates were throwing such a big
party. Otherwise, it seems a little over-
10. There’s a total of six kitchens.
They’re situated at different parts of the
house so staff can be ready for any
11. An enormous library houses a
manuscript Gates paid more than $30
The 2,100-square-foot library has a
domed roof and two secret bookcases,
including one that reveals a hidden bar.
On the ceiling you’ll find a quote from
“The Great Gatsby” that 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.”
The library is home to the Codex
Leicester, a 16-century Leonardo da
Vinci manuscript that Gates bought at
auction for $30.8 million in 1994.
12. The home theatre can
accommodate 20 guests in plush seats.
It’s designed in an Art Deco style, with
comfortable arm chairs, couches, and
even a popcorn machine for snacking.
13. An existing home was removed by
barge to make room for a separate
The 900-square-foot building sits next
to Gates’ sport court, putting green, and
14. The guest house is just as high-tech
as the main house.
According to US News, the 1,900-
square-foot guest house was the first
building to be completed on the
property. The house — which has its
own bedroom and bathroom — was
meant to be a test of the technology
that would eventually be used in the
Gates wrote much of “The Road Ahead”
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15. All together, Gates’ garages can
accommodate up to 23 cars.
There are several different garages
located at different points around the
property. The most interesting one,
however, is an underground cave made
out of concrete and stainless steel. That
garage alone can park 10 cars. Some of
the concrete was purposely broken to
give it a rough, “deconstructivist” look.
16. Gates has a favorite tree, and it’s
monitored electronically 24 hours a day.
He reportedly became fond of a 40-
year-old maple tree that grew close to
the home’s driveway. It’s monitored by
computer, and if at any point it
becomes too dry, water is automatically
pumped into it.
17. An artificial stream is kept stocked
The stream and wetland estuary were
created to solve any problems with
runoff that the property’s large walls
might have created. The water is kept
stocked with salmon and sea-run
18. The sand on Gates’ beach is
imported from the Caribbean.
The lakefront shore contains sand that’s
delivered in large quantities by a barge
from St. Lucia each year.
19. Someone once paid $35,000 just to
Microsoft holds an auction each year,
where employees donate products and
services to be bid on. Proceeds go to
the company’s charitable fund.
Gates has donated private tours of
Xanadu 2.0 in the past. According to
the Puget Sound Business Journal, a
Microsoft employee once won the tour
with a bid of $35,000.
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With a net worth of $81.5 billion,