Numerous homes in SE Florida are historical landmarks, or are within historic districts, often built from 1920 - 1950. The Mediterranean & Spanish Mission homes have many features in common, from pecky cypress doors & ceilings, arched windows & doors, to original fireplaces & hardwood floors. Enjoy the sense of history as you read below about some of our South Florida Historic Properties, buildings that may become historic footnotes, and interesting properties of note elsewhere.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
BILL GATES HOME IN MEDINA, WASHINGTON
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.