A Million Dollar Residence
Bill Gates' house is a large earth-sheltered mansion in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. The 66,000 sq ft house is noted for its design and the technology it incorporates. It is nicknamed Xanadu 2.0.
In 2009, property taxes were reported to be US $1.063 million on a total assessed value of US$147.5 million. The house is a modern design in the Pacific lodge style, with classic features such as a large private library with a dome shaped roof and oculus (light well).
The address of the mansion is 1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, WA 98039.
The house also features an estate-wide server system running Windows and heated floors and driveways. Guests wear pins that upon entrance of a room automatically adjust temperature, music, and lighting based on the guest's preferences, according to the narration in the virtual tour below.
The lot was purchased in December 1988 for $2 million, and construction occurred over a period of seven and a half years with nominal completion in 1995. The house is located on the east end of the lot, which is located on a hill.