Bill Gates annually hosts a dinner for Microsoft interns, some of whom end up describing his Medina mansion in blogs.
Here’s an excerpt from the blog of Robert Smith, an intern in the Windows Embedded team, whose writing was called out by Gearlog:
Going down Bill’s driveway is like arriving at Jurassic Park. The driveway is long, windy, goes steeply down, and is just covered in plant life. We passed a 15-20 car garage on the way down. I’m not sure if it was Bill’s private one or not as I didn’t see any really cool cars in it. At the end of the driveway stands the entrance to Bill’s house.
We got off the bus, grabbed our nametags, and headed in. We headed down this 5-ish story staircase to the main reception area outside. While walking down, we all took in as much of the house as we could. It’s really just crazy. The whole house is built out of this beautiful orangey wood. We passed his movie theater (complete with Now Showing posters) and a room that looked to be completely filled with couches and pillows. It’s all really nice.
We finally made it outside, and took in his back yard. The landscaping is just insane. There’s grass that looks like someone went at it with scissors and there are tons of plants arranged and taken care of perfectly. We were pretty much given free roam of the place, so we checked out his dock, his beach (with sand imported from Hawaii), hot tub, and boat. He’s also got this area of his house where a stream runs down from under the house into Lake Washington. One of the employees said it’s probably man-made, but it’s really cool. We also saw the indoor / outdoor pool that has an underwater grate that allows you to swim between the two sections.