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 high-tech details.
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, property is worth $123.54 million as of this year. Gates purchased the lot for $2 million in 1988.
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 lighting.
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. You can change the artwork on the walls with just the touch of a button.
$80,000 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 $150,000.
5. The pool also has its own underwater music system.
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.
6. 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 screen.
7. The house has 24 bathrooms, 10 of which are full baths. Few of it…
Those bathrooms would definitely be useful if Gates were throwing such a big party. Otherwise, it seems a little over-the-top.
8. There’s a total of six kitchens.
They’re situated at different parts of the house so staff can be ready for any event.
9. An enormous library houses a manuscript Gates paid more than $30 million for.
The 2,100 square root 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.
10. 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
11. All together, Gates’ garages under ground 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. Some of the concrete was purposely broken to give it a rough, “deconstructivist” look.
12. 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.
13. An artificial stream is kept stocked with fish.
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 cutthroat trout.
14. 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.
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