20 Facts About Xanadu 2.0─ Bill Gates House
With a net worth of US $79.3 Billion, co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is the richest man in America. Obviously, one of the richest man of the world can spent millions of dollars on spending his life with all of luxury.
It shouldn’t be too surprising to hear that wealthiest man of the world has a house which costs for US $123 Million with an area of 66,000 square feet.
This house of Bill Gates is named as Xanadu 2.0 which obviously is absolutely massive and is filled with high-tech functionalities. Here are 20 facts about Xanadu 2.0 which might not know or you might have never thought of it.
Bill Gates pays property tax of $1 million every year. The property is worth $123 million. While, Gates had purchased the land for $2 million in 1988.
2. Labours Needed─
More than 300 labours were needed to finish the construction project. 500 year old Douglas fir tree is used in the entire construction.
3. Sensors On Walls─
The walls are equipped with hidden speakers. Music is played in rooms. A high tech sensor system can change the room temperature according to guest’s needs. Guests are given a pin that can be used to control all sensors in the house.
4. Natural Surrounding For Heat Loss─
Xanadu 2.0 is an “earth-sheltered” house, meaning that it’s built into its surroundings to regulate temperature more efficiently.
5. Automated Artwork On Walls─
The walls are equipped with computer screens worth $80,000. Anyone can simply touch and change the wallpaper, paintings and photographs. The media is stored on a central device worth $150,000.
6. Swimming Pool─
Swimming pool is located in entirely different 3,900 sq-feet building. This 60-foot pool has underwater music system. The pool allows swimmer to swim underwater and come up to the terrace using glass walls.
7. Exercise Rooms─
The trampoline room has 20-feet high ceiling. It includes exercise facilities including sauna, steam room, lockers room expanded in wide 2,500 sq feet space.
8. Guest Hall─
Guest hall is spread in 2,300 sq feet area. It can accommodate 200 people, the dining area can accommodate 150 people at a time. The hall also has 22-feet wide video screen.
There are 24 bathrooms in the house, 10 of them are full baths.
Six fully equipped kitchens are situated at different parts of the house.
The house library is spread in 2,100 square feet area. It has domed roof with the quote from The Great Gatsby that says- “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.” Gates has paid $30 million for the manuscript of the library.
12. Theater In Home Itself─
The house also has a theater in home itself that can accommodate up to 20 guests in plush seats. The theater is designed in Art Deco style with comfortable chairs, couches and popcorn machine for snacks.
13. Activity Building─
The house has a 900 square feet wide activities building. It is next to sport court.
14. Guest House─
The guest house is spread in 1,900 square feet. It is as high-tech as the main house. In fact, the technology was first tested in guest house building before installing it in the main house.
There are number of garages located at different parts of property. All garages can accommodate up to 23 cars in total.
16. Bill Gates Favorite Tree─
Gate’s favourite 40-year old maple tree is electronically monitored. It is automatically watered when it becomes dry. This tree is in the driveway.
17. Artificial Stream─
The house has artificial stream that is always stocked with fish. The water contains salmon and sea-run cutthroat trouts.
18. Beach Sand─
The sand on the beach is imported from Caribbean island. The lakefront has the sand from barge of St. Lucia.
19. Auction Price─
Microsoft organizes auction every year for the tour of the Xanadu 2.0. One Microsoft employee once bid for $35,000 for the visit of the house. This money goes to company’s charitable fund.
20. One Tour Cost─
Gates has donated private tours of Xanadu 2.0 in the past. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, a Microsoft employee once won the tour with a bid of $35,000.
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