Inside Bill and Melinda Gates’ $147 Million Mega House

Bill and Melinda Gates are one of the most powerful and richest celebrity couples in the world, with a combined net worth of nearly $200 billion. The pair has used its wealth to snatch up high-priced pads all around the world. But the Gates’ mainly reside in a place that has been described as a mega house. Let’s take a closer look at Xanadu 2.0, the lavish property in Medina, Washington that Bill and Melinda Gates call home, below.

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates at an event in October 2015 |Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Inside Xanadu 2.0, Bill and Melinda Gates’s home in Washington

Named after the fictionalized house of Charles Foster Kane in the drama-mystery Citizen Kane (1941), Xanadu 2.0 takes up 66,000-square-feet and is so huge that it has its own Wikipedia page.

The lodge-style property boasts seven bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, six kitchens, a large library where Bill stores one of Leonardo da Vinci’s old manuscripts that he bought for $30 million, a dining hall with seating for up to 200 guests, a trampoline room, a spa, a sauna, and more.

The house also has high-tech features such as sensors and wearable technology items that guests can use to alter the lighting, temperature, and other things.

The outside of Xanadu 2.0 is equally stunning

Xanadu 2.0 is shrouded by trees and other lush greenery, which not only gives the couple privacy but also helps keep the house cool and eco-friendly.

The outdoor features include a massive pool with an underwater music system, an artificial stream featuring trout and salmon, and immediate access to what appears to be a local lake, among other things.

Insider reports that Bill bought the lot in 1998 for $2 million and spent seven years building the compound. In 2009, it was valued at a stunning $147 million, according to Curbed.

See the inside around the 2:50 mark

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Other properties owned by Bill and Melinda Gates

Aside from Xanadu 2.0, the couple also owns an oceanfront property in Del Mar, near San Diego, California. Variety reports that they purchased the home in March for $43 million. It sits on over 5,000-square-feet and features six bedrooms, four bathrooms, two guest houses, a theater, tennis court, and more.

In addition to the home in Del Mar, they are also the owners of an $18 million equestrian estate in Santa Fe, California that they bought from Jenny Craig in 2014, an $8.7 million equestrian estate in Wellington, Florida that they purchased in 2013, and a small mansion they purchased in Hobe Sound, Florida for $5 million in 2009.

Beyond their own real estate, the pair has also helped secure homes for others. The New York Post reported in 2018 that the couple had gifted their daughter Jennifer a $15 million horse farm in Westchester ahead of her graduation from Stanford University. Months later, reports emerged that they had also bought Jennifer a $5 million condominium in Harlem that came with three bedrooms and a stunning view of New York’s Central Park.

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