Taking The Jet Ski To Bill Gates’ House

You would think that invading the Microsoft Halloween Spooktacular and putting an Apple iPad on a Microsoft Surface would be enough mischief. However, one can always use more! It was such a beautiful day today that I decided to fire up the jet ski and blasted it over to Bill Gates’ house.

Bill’s house is on the Lake Washington waterfront. If you want to see it on Google Maps, the address is 1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, WA 98039. The house offers 66,000 square feet of living space and includes 7 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, six kitchens, and six fireplaces. Among its many high tech features are:

  • Floors are pressure sensitive. At any given time family member or security can know who is in the residence by the weight of their footsteps.
  • Lights would automatically come on when you came in. Speakers would be hidden beneath the wallpaper to allow music to follow you from room to room. Portable touch pads would control everything from the TV sets to the temperature and the lights, which would brighten or dim to fit the occasion or to match the outdoor light.
  • Visitors to the residence are surveyed and given a microchip upon entrance. This small chip sends signals throughout the home, and a given room’s temperature and other conditions will change according to preset user preferences.

What you will not find at Bill’s house are any Apple products. Melinda Gates made that very clear in this NY Times interview. Their kids have to listen to music with a Zune!

In 2009, property taxes on the home were reported to be $1.063 million on a total assessed value of $147.5 million. Bill wasn’t home at the time Sally and I buzzed by, which was too bad because Sally really wanted to meet uncle Bill. I have only met Bill once. Sarah on the other hand, saw Bill almost once a week during her time at Microsoft.

64 thoughts on “Taking The Jet Ski To Bill Gates’ House”

  1. Gerri says:

    Very nice! What I like the most was you just having to mention that it was a Tuesday yet there you are playing with a jet ski. Thanks for the video of Bill’s house though.

    1. d3so says:

      I wonder if John will get a chance to tour the house.

      1. John Chow says:

        Now that Bill no longer works at MS, I doubt I’ll get a tour. I don’t have any connection or influence on his foundation.

        1. Yea, but you do live in the same neighborhood. There’s got to be some fun parties in that place!

          1. as a neighbour you should get a chance.

  2. Keith says:

    Ouch, you did not even use as your link!

    1. Blogging says:

      Bing watch than…

    2. John Chow says:

      Damn, I didn’t know Bing had maps! MS needs some better promotion for it!

      1. d3so says:

        I see a bing commercial everyday. Though, I’m not fond of using it.

        1. Blogging says:

          Bing only find adress

          1. So this one is not like Google Maps.

  3. Blogging says:

    Bill Gates…. my idol!

  4. Atniz says:

    27 bathroom!! I hope you got the numbers wrong here. It is not proportionate at all from the numbers of rooms. Why they need more bathrooms?

    1. John Chow says:

      In addition to living there, the Gates use the house to entertain and host special events. That’s also why they have six kitchens. For example. When the President of China visited Seattle, he had dinner at Gates house. When Bill was working at MS, he would invite the top grads of UW to his house so his recruiters can lock them up.

      1. d3so says:

        I was also wondering about the uneven ratio of bedrooms to bathrooms.
        I wonder if the microchip survey is automated. It must be a hassle to do it yourself if you have a significant number of guests.

        1. Doesn’t he have one room that the whole thing is a trampoline or something? I heard he’s got a “fun” room like that in there somewhere.

          1. d3so says:

            He’s probably also got an indoor pool and movie theater.

          2. These are minimal thing for a rich people like Bill Gates.

      2. Exoclyps says:

        Oh didn’t know that. That’s a fun thing to know.

        But when you say his “recruiters can lock them up” I must really get the wrong idea here. I mean… no… it’s not a prison for misbehaving children… right?

        1. John Chow says:

          Lock them up as in hire them for MS and have them sign a contract that prevents them from working for the competition.

  5. Dan Lew says:

    That’s Incredible you must be in one of the richest neighborhoods , Congratulations!

    Your backyard is very different to your old one where you had the grizzly bears 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      This time he’ll have to deal with crocs and alligators lol.

      1. Dan Lew says:

        I would rather be attacked by a grizzly bear then a croc any day 🙂 at least I can stand up to it man to man with eye contact and defend myself a croc comes at you at all angles and is worse then a snake!

      2. John Chow says:

        More like Dolphins and Killer Whales. 😛

        1. d3so says:

          Really? It doesn’t really look like the oceanside more like a river or lake.

          1. John Chow says:

            It is a lake but it connects to the Pacific Ocean and once in a while, a dolphin or whale will venture into it.

          2. I can’t understand will it be fun for them or a scary ?

            For me it is scary to see sharks and whales just in front of my house.

          3. Boy that bear incidence was really interesting.

            So that bear is calling you John now …

  6. David says:

    That is a extra large mansion he must have a lot staff doing maintenance. Awesome video john of one of the richest men in the world.

    1. d3so says:

      Mansions costs a lot to maintain which is one of the reasons why lottery winners who buy mansions go broke.

  7. Bill Gates has a house full with tech gadgets and thats why I like him more and wants be like him.

    1. Exoclyps says:

      Yeah, that was pretty cool. Something that I didn’t realize even existed. But considering who we’re talking about I wasn’t surprised.

  8. purposeinc says:

    OK, that is just funny! Next video is pancakes at Bills house!

    1. So are you arranging pancakes party at Bill gates ?

  9. Dan Lew says:

    I’m surprised the house doesn’t have any better looking security or maybe it does. I wouldn’t be game enough to get any closer then you did 🙂

    1. Chris M says:

      That’s exactly what I thought when I saw photographs a few months ago, one would imagine that there would be security guards or something. Then again, with that much money, they’re probably there, we just can’t see them – ninja’s 😉

  10. Brian McVay says:

    I have heard that Mega Yachts cost on average 10% of the purchase price to staff and maintain them on an annual basis.
    I am guessing it might be about the same for mansions. $147.5 Million assessed value=$14.75 Million a year.
    Of course Bill Gates probably makes that in less than a week.

    1. Mathew Day says:

      I heard he makes in the millions even while he sleeps every night.

      1. Exoclyps says:

        And here I’d be more than joyed to make a few bucks over night.

      2. Brian McVay says:

        I have also heard that, It was many years ago that I heard the figure being 4 million overnight, By now it’s probably closer to 8 or 10 million.

  11. This was great entertainment… thanks for the laughs.

  12. Rick LaPoint says:

    I have read about this house over the years. I always wondered when it would become sentient, and decide to take over. It’s a little creepy, if you ask me…

    Bill: Door, Open.
    House: I’m sorry, Bill. I’m afraid I can’t do that.


  13. fas says:

    BIll gates drives a Prius to work..

    1. John Chow says:

      When you’re as rich as BIll, you can drive whatever you want and no one question you! LOL

      1. d3so says:

        Yeah, I’d go for reliability, efficiency, and so on.
        I’d keep a luxury vehicle in the garage just in case if I ever feel like showing off.

    2. Lawrence says:

      I read Bill Gates is a Porsche enthusiasts…he has a collection of 911’s

    3. You should know rich people save money and thats why they are rich and poor people waste their money in showing their richness and thats why they are poor.

      I think you must understand why BIll gates drives a Prius !

  14. Kelly says:

    Hi John ….. hey, you were talking about the trees on Bill Gates’ beach, stating that you were assuming that he needed his privacy …….. you were filming it for crying out loud!!!!
    So much for Billy’s privacy, eh? ….. though probably not home anyway.

    1. d3so says:

      Bill probably has hundreds of other houses.

  15. I can do better I drive a 1981 fiat panda to work… oops…

    1. Juan says:

      You have to realize. Bill is a very humble man, even without the material success. Ofcourse he very well understands how money works and flows and very wise in which the materials he invest in.

  16. Man it has to suck to have all that money lol the life of a billionaire has to be tough. His house looks sweet and all the stuff he has in it would be cool to see.

    He should charge just for tours he would make a killing.

    1. d3so says:

      They say more money more problems. I don’t doubt it.
      I just need enough to be financially free and I can just disappear into the world.

  17. Two people mentioned security: I’ve heard that they do have security set up, but you would only know if you tried to break in. It’s apparently some top-notch stuff.

  18. one day i’ll be taking my cycle to his house hah rolling through continents !!!!!! hah thank you for the post any way!!

  19. Exoclyps says:

    I actually liked the beginning of the movie the most. Makes you really able to see the real benefits of the lifestyle you’ve managed to get for yourself.

  20. John, you how can you top that?

    How far away do you live?

    1. John Chow says:

      Bill’s house is about 10 minutes away by jet ski.

  21. Very Nice lake, I hope I can also go to Bill Gates House,,,,,and discuss about IT business

    1. Make your agenda … 🙂

  22. Focusing on the life of Bill will surely feel you more energetic to do what you want to break the security and find your answers of the questions to know about.

  23. Phil Dawson says:

    Nice to rub shoulders with Mr Microsoft

  24. ikki says:

    amazing the bill gatess house (y)

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