All You Need To Know About Bill Gates' $124-Mn Mansion
What if we tell you co-founder of Microsoft, one of the world's richest man, a philanthropist and an author, Bill Gates lives in a 66,000-sqft mansion that is not just luxurious but smart, too? You would surely want to know more.
A $124-mn mansion in Medina, Washington is a dream house that took seven years and $63 million to construct. It is named Xanadu 2.0 after a fictional home of Charles Foster Kane loaded with high-end technology to perform the smallest of tasks.
Here are some facts that make Xanadu 2.0 one of its kind:
Not just smart
From underwater music system to digital artwork, Xanadu 2.0 is equipped with an embedded system that makes it the world's largest smart home. The property houses computer screens worth $80,000 that store artwork worth $150,000. The paintings on the walls can be changed by just a click of a button. Apart from this, every guest that visits the property is given a unique pin that interacts with a sensor to maintain temperature, music and lighting in the house wherever they are. Each room is equipped with a touchpad controlled system to control temperature, music of your choice that can follow you from room to room, if you wish to.
Bill Gates' mansion is surrounded by natural elements, planned to regulate temperature automatically. Thus, reducing heat even in awful summers. Interestingly, there is a 40-year-old maple tree in the driveway of the mansion which is one of the things that attracted Gates the most in the property. The tree is monitored by computer and water is automatically pumped into it whenever the tree becomes too dry. Not just greenery, special arrangements have been made to maintain water bodies around the estate. There are artificial stream and wetland estuary just outside the home. In fact, the sand on the estate bank of Lake Washington has been imported from sandier climates.
Everything in the estate is opulent. There are 24 bathrooms and seven bedrooms in the property. The swimming pool is so huge that you can dive in the pool and pop out at the exterior terrace. A glass wall separates the indoor and outdoor pool with enough space underneath to swim between the two. Xanadu 2.0 has one of the biggest gyms in the world, too. It is spread over 2,500 sq ft area with a trampoline room and a 20-ft ceiling. The dining room is 1,000 sq ft and can accommodate 24 people in one go, whereas the theatre has twenty plush seats and couches. The guest house alone is 1,900 sq ft with one bedroom and one bathroom and was the first structure to get completed. Apart from this, 2,300 sq ft reception hall and 2,100 sq ft library are other attractions of this extravagant property. Now you can imagine how many 1BHKs can be accommodated in the total space. To ensure privacy, Gates bought all the surrounding properties for $14.4 million.
The current valuation of this property is $147.5 million. For those who would like to visit this mansion might find it interesting to know that Microsoft conducts an auction for the tour of the property and the money collected goes to charity. The highest bid so far for a single tour was $35,000 in the year 2009.