Bill Gates, world-renowned as the co-founder of Microsoft Cooperation, is the second wealthiest person in the world today. He is an eminent American business magnate, software developer, philanthropist, and investor. As of November 9, 2019, the net worth of Bill Gates is US$107.1 billion.

Bill Gates owns a mansion named Xanadu 2.0 on the side of a hill in Washington, that stands to overlook Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. Despite being a dream home like no other with the latest technological innovations; the massive abode is green and also eco-friendly.

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As mentioned by Bill Gates in an interview, it is the ‘coolest house of all time’.

The mansion houses some really interesting facts. Here are some of them:

  1. The 66,000 square foot mansion was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cutler-Anderson Architects and completed in 2005.
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  1. His home is named Xanadu 2.0 after the fictional home of the character Charles Foster Kane, the title character of ‘Citizen Kane’
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  1. The house took 7 years and 63 million dollars to be built, with $1 million payable as property taxes every year.
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  1. The house is built in the Pacific lodge style, influenced by the materials found in the Pacific Northwest region. 500-year-old Douglas fir trees were used. It is said that half a million wood logs were used in its construction.
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  1. The property is Earth-sheltered; built such that the surroundings help regulate temperature. Tall trees are planted in the complex, which helps in reducing heat loss.
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  1. About 300 construction workers, out of which 100 were electricians worked on the site for the construction.
  2. An automated high-tech sensor system is used to monitor the room’s climate and lighting. The guests can change the temperature and lighting of the rooms as per their preferences. The music flows from speakers placed behind the wallpapers.
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  1. The walls have computer screens worth $80,000 where paintings, artworks, and photographs can be displayed, which are stored on devices worth $150,000 million.
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  1. There are 7 bedrooms, 6 kitchens, and 24 bathrooms in the house. There is also a sauna, steam room, and separate locker rooms. There is a 25,000-square-foot gym.
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  1. The exercise complex has a trampoline room with a 20-feet ceiling.
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  1. It houses a 2100-square-foot enormous library with a dome-shaped roof and oculus. It also has two secret bookcases, with a hidden bar. The library stores a $30.8 million 16th century Leonardo-da-Vinci manuscript. There is a quote on the ceiling from “The Great Gatsby”, “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.”
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  1. A special home theatre serves 20 guests in plush seats and sofas. There is also a popcorn machine.
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  1. There is an opulent 6o-foot long swimming pool with its underwater music system.
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  1. The reception hall is 2300-square-foot and can accommodate 200 guests. It has a 22-foot video screen and also a fireplace. The floors of the house are heated.
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  1. One of the living rooms has an aquarium which showcases rare, beautiful and exquisite view into the world of rare marine animals
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  1. Astonishingly, Bill Gates has his favorite tree which is watered electronically every 24 hours. In case the tree gets too dry, it is immediately watered. It is a 40-year-old maple tree.
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  1. Various garages in the house can accommodate 23 cars. One of the underground garages can take up to 10 cars. It is made of stainless steel and concrete.
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  1. There are artificial streams and estuary systems in the complex. Many salmons and trout have formed their natural habitat in the stream. The stream helps to prevent any run-off that may happen due to the constructed high walls.
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  1. The complex also has a beach to add to its wonders, and the sand of the beach is imported from the Caribbean.
  2. A Microsoft employee once bid for $35,000 to take a tour of the house.

Here’s your tour of Bill Gates’ house.

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Vibha Lohade is an inquisitive architecture student. Whilst pursuing her Bachelors she believes in voicing her opinions about life and architecture. She is an enthusiast for learning through various modes- an avid reader, traveller and writer. She spends her day yielding pen into various hues of ink.It’s the little things in life that inspire her; and the basics of everything intrigue her.

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