(Bill Gates House)
No matter how much we deny this, but we all sometimes think of how the filthy rich live their lives, we always think or discuss about their assets and wealth, and without a shadow of a doubt we all once in our lives have said to ourselves or our peers, “I wonder what kind of a house Bill Gates lives in”, we after all he is the richest man in the world.
The Microsoft Co-Founder owns a huge estate in Medina, Washington. This estate took him seven years and a whopping 63 million dollars to build. The estate is known as Xanadu 2.0, named after after the fictional home of “Citizen Kane”‘s Charles Foster Kane
At 66,000 square feet Xanadu consists of a high-tech sensor system that helps guests monitor a room’s climate and lighting. When guests arrive, they’re given a pin that interacts with sensors located all over the house. Guests enter their temperature and lighting preferences so that the settings change as they move throughout the home. Speakers hidden behind wallpaper allows music to follow you from room to room.
Xanadu 2.0 is an “earth sheltered” house, meaning that it uses it’s surroundings to regulate temperature. In most houses in order to see have your favorite painting on the wall, you remove it and then display the other one, well since this is no ordinary house, it has $80,000 worth of computer screens situated around the house. Anyone can make the screens display their favorite paintings or photographs, which are stored on storage devices worth $150,000.
Nearly everyone has a swimming pool in their house, but Bill Gates equipped his 60-foot pool with an underwater music system and Gates also added a trampoline room with a 20-foot ceiling, although we have no clue how big the trampoline is but still its a fun exercise. The exercise facilities total 2500 square feet and also include a sauna, steam room, and separate men’s and women’s locker rooms.
It has an enormous reception hall that can accommodate up to 200 guests. The 2300 square feet hall can accommodate 150 guests for a dinner party and 200 guests for a standing cocktail party. And if these guests had to go to the washroom, no problem, the house has 24 bathrooms, 10 of which are full baths.
If you are ever feeling hungry at night and want to grab a snack? Well you do not have to walk around the house, there are 6 kitchens at Xanadu 2.0. And if you’re fond of reading you’d want a library in your house, well, Xanadu’s library has 30 million dollars worth of manuscripts!
The 2,100 square foot library has a domed roof and two secret bookcases, including one that reveals a hidden bar. On the ceiling you’ll find a quote from “The Great Gatsby” that reads: “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.” The library is home to the Codex Leicester, a 16-century Leonardo da Vinci manuscript that Gates bought at auction for $30.8 million in 1994.
It also comes with a home theater that can accommodate 20 guests in plush seats, it has a garage that can store up to 23 cars, it has a guest house that is as lush and high tech as the main house – where Gates wrote much of “The Road Ahead”.
Gates has a favorite tree which he reportedly became fond of a 40-year-old maple tree that grew close to the home’s driveway. It’s monitored by computer, and if at any point it becomes too dry, water is automatically pumped into it, even the sand on Gates’ beach is imported from the Caribbean.