Tuesday, April 7, 2009


This is the 66,000 sq ft modern design Pacific Lodge style hillside compound of Bill Gates on 5.5 acres in Medina, Washington known as Xanadu. The house has 8 bedrooms and four building levels. Amenities include a 60’ swimming pool with underwater music system, a 2500 sq ft gym, large library with dome shaped roof, heated floors and driveways, and a 1000 sq ft dining room that seats 24. The roof is stainless steel. There are many hidden cameras. There is an 84-step hike to the ground floor… but you can opt for an elevator ride instead. Swimmers can dive under a glass wall and emerge outdoors by a terrace. There is an underground state-of-the-art theatre in a concrete shell. Guests wear pins that automatically adjust temperature, music and lighting when entering a room, based on the guest’s preferences. Zillow assesses the property at $147.5MM. 2005 Assessed value is $200MM.

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