Bill Gates is undoubtedly the richest man in the United States and one of the wealthiest people in the world. With a net worth of $88.3 billion, it is not really surprising to know that Gates owns a lavish home.
In 1988, Gates purchased the lot in Medina, Washington at only $2 million, KAMI learned. But the 62-year-old Microsoft co-founder spent seven years and $63 million to build his massive 66,000 square feet mansion.
Well, that’s just the introductory part of our story because listed below are some interesting facts about Gates’ colossal abode.
1. The name
The mansion’s name itself will surely pique your interest because it is not just any ordinary name. According to Business Insider, Gates’ mansion is called “Xanadu 2.0.”
The estate, which is overlooking Lake Washington, was named after the fictional home of a
“Citizen Kane” character, Charles Foster Kane.
2. Current Market Value
Even though Gates was able to purchase the lot at only $2 million almost three decades ago, the property is now worth $124.99 million, as per King County public assessor’s office.
Public filings also showed that Gates paid a whopping $1,041,292.55 in property taxes this 2017.
3. High-tech features
Apart from its unique name, Gates’ mansion is also noted for its design and the technology it incorporates. Although it is loaded with high-tech details, it also boasts classic features like an oculus and a private library.
Collaboratively designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cutler-Anderson Architects of Bainbridge Island, Washington, the mansion flaunts its modern Pacific lodge style.
Other features also include an estate-wide server system, an 18-meter swimming pool with an underwater music system and a 2,500-square-foot gym with a trampoline, a sauna, a steam room and separate locker rooms for men and women.
The Earth-sheltered house also has a 2,300-square foot dining hall that could accommodate 150 to 200 people. The walls are dominated with a 6-foot-wide limestone fireplace and a 22-foot-wide video screen.
The home also has heated floors and driveways. It also boasts a high-tech sensor system that helps guests monitor a room’s climate and lighting.
Hidden speakers are also found behind the wallpaper to allow music to follow you from room to room.
4. Materials and builders
Did you know that Gates’ mansion enlisted 200 construction workers and 100 electricians to build his massive mansion?
Well, now you know and the house was also built with half a million board-feet of lumber — specifically with 500-year-old Douglas fir trees.
5. The pool has its own separate building
Another interesting feature in Gates’ estate is the 60-foot (18-meter) pool that is located in a separate 3,900-square-foot building.
Guests could even swim underneath a glass wall to come up to a terrace area on the outside. The building also houses a locker room with four showers and two baths.
6. Bathrooms and kitchens
Gates’ colossal home has a total of 24 bathrooms, 10 of which are full baths, and six kitchens.
7. The $30 million manuscript
Another fascinating feature of Gates’ mansion is the $30.8 million manuscript found in his private 2,100-square-floor library.
The 16th-century Leonardo da Vinci manuscript called the Codex Leicester was bought at a 1994 auction. The library also has a dome roof and two secret bookcases, one of which houses a hidden bar.
Speaking of the library, you can also find “The Great Gatsby” quote written on its ceiling.
8. Home Theater
Just like any other massive mansions, Gates’ crib also houses a 20-seater home theater that is designed in an Art Deco style. Aside from the comfortable chairs and couches, the theater also has a popcorn machine.
9. Gates’ 23-car garages
In addition to the home theater, Gates’ mansion is also notable for its several garages that can accommodate a total of 23 cars. The most interesting of all is the 10-car garage that is an underground cave.
The garage was also made out of stainless steel and concrete.
10. Gates’ favorite tree, artificial stream and beach
Another interesting feature is Gates’ favorite 40-year-old maple tree that is monitored automatically 24/7. As for its stream and wetland estuary, they were reportedly created to solve runoff problems.
It is stocked with salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout. The sand on Gates’ beach, on the other hand, is imported from the Caribbean.
The sand in his lakefront shore is delivered in bulk by a barge from St. Lucia in the eastern Caribbean Sea annually.
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