Bill Gates' house
is a large mansion
in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington
in Medina, Washington
. The house is noted for its design and the technology it incorporates. It is nicknamed Xanadu
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).US News (2007). Pool building. Part of a U.S. News
feature on the house. Retrieved on 2007-10-04 from http://www.usnews.com/usnews/tech/billgate/gates.htm and http://www.usnews.com/usnews/tech/billgate/room1a.htm. The house also features an estate-wide server system, 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.
Gates and his wife Melinda
are very fond of F. Scott Fitzgerald
's The Great Gatsby
, and they have inscribed in the library a sentence from the last page of the novel: <blockquote>"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."