Bill Gates' home is a large earth-sheltered mansion in the town of Medina, in King County, Washington. Built into the side of a hill, the home of Microsoft's founder overlooks Lake Washington, opposite Seattle.The home was designed in the Pacific Lodge architectural style, based on the old cedar lodges and log cabins of the Pacific Northwest. It contains classic elements, as well, like the large dome-shaped private library.
Nicknamed Xanadu 2.0, the Bill Gates home is said to occupy around 66,000 square feet on roughly five acres of land. It is most notable for the innovative technology incorporated throughout the house. An estate-wide server system runs Windows, and the residence has heated floors and driveways. Music, temperature, and lighting adjusts automatically to guest preferences. Here is an overview of several rooms of interest at the Gates residence.
Pool Building. The pool building on Bill Gates' estate is a 3,900 square foot room with a swimming pool that measures 17 by 60 feet. It features an underwater music system and painted floor with a fossil motif. A glass wall allows swimmers to dive under and up into an outdoor pool by a terrace. The locker room has four showers and two baths.
Exercise Facility. Adjacent to the pool building is a 2,500 square foot exercise facility. It features a sauna, steam room, and separate men’s and women’s locker rooms. The facility also contains a trampoline room with a 20-foot ceiling.
Formal Dining Room. The 1,000 square foot formal dining room can seat up to 24 guests. They can dine by a fireplace while enjoying a magnificent view from the home’s third level. Near the dining room is a 39 by 23 feet commercial-grade kitchen.
Reception Hall. The reception hall at Bill Gates' home is built partly below ground. It can seat 150 people for a dinner or hold 200 guests for a cocktail party. A limestone-faced fireplace, six feet wide, graces one wall. A video display, 22 feet wide, dominates another. The display contains 24 rear-projection television monitors, each with a 40-inch screen.
Library. Bill Gates’ large private library is a 2,100 square foot structure with ornate paneling, a domed reading room, and an oculus (light well). It also features a fireplace and two pivoting bookcases, one containing a bar. The library houses the “Codex Leicester,” a Leonardo da Vinci notebook which Gates purchased for nearly $31 million.
Gatehouse. The gatehouse is a 3,000 square foot building that houses Internet security offices, mailroom, greenhouse, and garage. The gatehouse serves as the lower entrance to the Gates property.
Activities Building. Near the gatehouse is a 900 square foot activities building. It sits next to a multi-sport court, a putting green, and two boat docks.
Boathouse. The boathouse is a rustic log building that measures 530 square feet. The roof straddles a small inlet just big enough for a ski boat. The building also has an outdoor spa.
Underground Garage. The underground garage is a 6,300 square foot cave-like structure. It is the largest and best hidden of three garages on the Gates estate. Built of concrete and steel, the underground garage can park 10 or more cars.
Guest House. Nearly hidden underground, the 1,900 square foot guest house features one bedroom, one bathroom, and one fireplace. It was the first structure built on the estate, and it served as a test for the technology and design of the main house. Bill Gates sometimes uses this house as a retreat. It is where he authored much of his book “The Road Ahead.”